Top 2016 honeymoon destinations in Italy: fall in love with the “dolce vita”!October 5, 2015
Romantic, picturesque and gifted with very diverse landscapes, Italy is also rich in art, architecture, culture and history and an amazing country for food and wine lovers. Welcoming and warm, Italians will make your honeymoon even more special.
Let’s explore together the Top 5 Italy destinations for newlyweds, being sure that each one of them will brand your soul with unforgettable memories.
Stunningly beautiful, almost a small country in itself, Venice was loved by charismatics artists like Lord Byron, Vivaldi, Truman Capote, Wagner and Hemingway. And for more than a reason! Imagine garden islands and marble palaces, imagine the most famous lagoon in the world. Then mix it all with a royal, out of time appearance, stunningly impressive Mardi Gras celebrations and the Grand Canal, still reflecting the ancient glories of Venetian architecture.
Whoever visits Venice cannot miss the epic grandeur of Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco, but is also fascinated with its narrow backstreets, full of priceless marbles, ceilings and small churches, bistros and restaurants. Venice is romanticism incarnated: a perfect destinations for a newly married couple.
Venice in a quote: “It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the feeling of a city like Venice, where everything is just beautiful color and gorgeous buildings that are so peaceful. You can roam around and get lost in the labyrinth” (Nanette Lepore).
4_ Lake Como
In all honesty, George Clooney really was only the last celebrity to fall in love with the breathtaking landscapes of Lake Como and its surroundings. A travel to the small town of Bellagio - reproduced as one of the most famous Las Vegas casinos - is more than enough to understand the magnificence of the entire area. The snow-covered Alps and the verdant and steep hillsides are perhaps one of the reasons why Lake Como is defined the most spectacular of the three major lakes. The lake, shaped like an Y and measuring around 160 km, is crowded with small villages such as Varenna, Lenno, Moltrasio, Argegno, Torno - they all are pure heaven, completely charming.
In Lake Como there is plenty to see and to do. If you love bird watching, the spectacular view and the wild environment of the Alps will give you all the right occasions to observe some beautiful animals, but you can also explore the area via ferry boat and enjoy the real sense of discovery and peace that the surroundings guarantee. If you love art, luxury and architecture, Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa d’Este, Villa Melzi d’Eril are just a few of the many lakeside villas that will take your breath away.
Lake Como in a quote: “When you write the story of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como” (Franz Liszt).
Museums, ancient palaces, monuments and - of course - Ponte Vecchio are just a few of the many attractions waiting for you in Venice. Obviously the cathedral and its Brunelleschi’s dome is one of the first destinations, but also the statue of David by Michelangelo is not to be missed. The fact that Florence was so loved by the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci also says a lot about the charm of this ancient city which, still today, gives away a sense of unmistakable pride: its inhabitants seems to know very well where they come from.
Florence definitely hosts one of the most romantic place for a honeymoon - its Boboli Gardens, elaborately landscaped and with numerous sculptures. Aside from monuments and churches, Florence charms its guests with its major squares and streets, such as Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza Beccaria, Piazza della Libertà, Via Camillo Cavour and Via dei Calzaiuoli. The capital city of Tuscany is also an important city in Italian fashion and one of the top 50 fashion capitals in the world: high-level shopping is, therefore, guaranteed.
Florence in a quote: “Meanwhile, Florence was increasingly becoming, for different reasons that not were not foreign to one another nor opposed - artistic and cultural on the one hand and political on the other - the Mecca of travelers and foreign residents” (Franco Cardini).
A hugely popular destination for honeymoons and special occasions, Capri is also a summer favorite of celebrities and common people from all over the world. Considered one of the pearls of the Mediterranean, Capri enchants everyone not only with its main centre Capri Town but also with its uphill rival Anacapri. The area is definitely busting with cafes, restaurants, expensive boutiques but Mother Nature still has the upper hand and gives Capri an unspoiled charm, thanks to the deep blue water, overgrown vegetable plots and banks of brilliantly colored bougainvillea.
The most famous natural attraction in Capri is definitely the Grotto Azzurra (Grotta Azzurra), a breathtaking sea cave illuminated by a blue light that seems to come from another world. Researches show that Roman Emperor Tiberius had built a quay in the cave around 30 AD - complete with a nymphaeum and, in fact, you can still see the carved Roman landing stage towards the rear of the cave.
Capri in a quote: “Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination” (Vidal Sassoon).
The Roman Empire is over, and yet Rome is still one of the most seductive and thrilling cities in the world, thanks to the history it’s permeated with, together with the human genius which gave birth to some of the most extraordinary monuments ever. Visiting Rome means walking between past and future while meeting - in the present - a local spirit of living well, eating well, drinking well. Food and wine are as central, for Romans, as the churches and ancient ruins are.
And while the millenary history of Rome still reverberates al around, modern life is lived to the full between technological advancements and artistic grandeur. Pick Rome as your honeymoon destination if you want to observe, closely, amazing classical statues, stunning Renaissance frescoes, breathtaking baroque churches, the artistic pantheon with sculptures by Michelangelo and paintings by Caravaggio, frescoes by Raphael and fountains by Bernini. Art, in its purest form, will be all around you. And don’t forget to visit the Vatican Museums, the Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum, the Palatino, the Sistine Chapel and - of course - the Colosseum.
Rome in a quote: “Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome” (Robert De Niro).
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