Ah! An Italian honeymoon, what could be more romantic? You and your hubby get on a plane or boat and arrive in the "land of love."
There is so much to see and do in magical Italy that you could spend a month there and barely scratch all the beautiful places that Italy has to offer.
A few things you should know before you choose an Italian honeymoon
Now, let’s talk about your Italian Honeymoon in the land of culture, ruins, art, fine food and of course, amore
If you are doing your honeymoon on a budget, you can rent an apartment by the week or month (less expensive than hotels) and take day trips to other cities by bus or train.
Italian Honeymoon in Florence
Florence is a rather small Italian city and most places of interest can be visited by walking.
Italian Honeymoon Walking Ideas
I rented an apartment on Via de’ Tornabuoni which was centrally
located and just a short walk from Brunelleschi’s Duomo, The Baptistery,
Michelangelo’s David (located in the Accademia Gallery), Uffizi
Gallery, and just a few meters away from Uffizi is Santa Croce which
contains the remains of Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Enrico Fermi and a
memorial for Dante Alighieri. A few blocks away is The Ponte Vecchio
bridge, where many of the fine jewelry stores sell gold necklaces,
bracelets, earrings and much more. Across the Arno River is Pitti
Palace and Bobboli Gardens will delight anyone on their Italian honeymoon.
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Your honeymoon would not be complete without a shopping spree. Florence is a shopping mecca that features the San Lorenzo outdoor market (always bargain for your treasures at the open air market) and of course, all of the famous designer stores are located in Florence. Located in the green hills of Tuscany is "The Mall" where you can purchase designer labels at greatly reduced prices. If you rent a car, The Mall is a 45-minute drive from the center of Florence. We rode the bus for about 8 Euros each way (check the price as it probably has increased).
Santa Maria Novella Basilica is beautiful and located just a short walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station (which is a work of art in itself) and Lazio Bus depot is just a few hundred meters across the street.
You can spend all of your honeymoon in and around Florence, or you can take the train or bus to nearby towns for a day trip or spend the night. Some trains have minimal stops and others are local. Purchase your tickets the day before you want to travel and be certain to check the schedule and prices carefully.
Taking a tour of the vineyards of Montepulciano and/or the Sienese Chianti where you will sample the various wines and cheeses, is a day trip that you won’t forget.
A honeymoon in Rome, what can I say? Magnificent!
Rome is an Italian city that is rich in art, monuments, historic ruins, restaurants, cathedrals, and shopping. The Tiber River separates the city of Rome. The highlights on one side are: St. Peter’s Basilica the Vatican Museum and the ancient area of Trastevere.
Across the river is the Colosseum, a vast amphitheater that was designed as a horse racing circuit, gladiatorial battles and animal fighting.
The Pantheon is a Roman monument, which had the greatest number of records. A short walk from the Pantheon is Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Catacombs and The Roman Forum. A cab ride away is the Villa Borghese which contains a number of museums, attractions and beautiful public gardens.
Villa d’Este, in Tivoli is just a short bus ride from downtown Rome. It’s impressive fountains, grottos and gardens will delight any tourist. If you can arrange your tour to begin just before dusk and continue into the evening, you will be able to enjoy the gardens in full daylight and then see the fountains with the impressive colored lights shining upon them.
From Rome you can take a day trip to Pompeii where you will enjoy walking in the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were buried and destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Another day trip from Rome is to travel to Sorrento and take a boat to the Island of Capri and enjoy the beautiful blue grotto. The funicular or mountain tram connects the harbor with the town up upon the hill which has many designer shops.
Italian Honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast.
How about a ride down the Amalfi coast? If you start in Naples you can ride down the coast and enjoy the beautiful views and visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravella. Stopping along the way to take pictures and walk around the three towns will be a full day, and a very memorable excursion.
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