Most couples can think back, rather fondly, to their first date. Perhaps because most encounters go less than stellar when you’re sourcing through the sea of eligibles, a magical exception to the rule is easy to reminiscence about. If the allure of red wine—and witty, intriguing banter—brought you and your soon-to-be spouse together, why not reap inspiration for your honeymoon from the days when you fell in love? Especially for those who can’t get enough vino, a Florence honeymoon (Firenze, in Italian) can be a life-changing experience. This sweet town is—of course—full of wine, but also offers an array of Renaissance art and architecture experiences, including the infamous cathedral, Duomo, and the bell tower by Giotto. For history-loving twosomes, you can also see Michelangelo's ‘David’ sculpture, as well as Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus and Da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’—to name a few.
Here’s what to add to your itinerary when planning your Florence honeymoon.
When to go
Before you pack your bags for your Florence honeymoon, keep in mind the high traffic seasons and weather conditions of this iconic destination. Generally speaking, the temperatures will be mangable and mild, but November through March could be chillier than you’d prefer. The heat of summer—July and August—will be more humid and sticky, while May through October are just-about-perfect. Because it is such a popular pinpoint on the map for travelers of all ages and celebrations, book what you can early to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the charm.
Top sights and activities
Truth be told—as long as you have a glass of wine in hand, you and your spouse will feel right at home during your Florence honeymoon. But, for some must-see attractions, sights and experiences, consider this your honeymoon wish list:
- The Uffizi: If you want to fully immerse yourself into the era of Renaissance art, this is where to go. Here, you’ll see Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, amongst dozen other unfathomable creations.
- Piazzale Michelangelo: When traveling—especially with your number one—getting lost in the allure of a new city is part of the adventure. Here, you’ll enjoy a sweeping view of the city—from the Arnolfo Tower of the Palazzo Vecchio to Duomo and beyond.
- Il Duomo di Firenze: The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower is famous for its dome shape, and was the largest in the world until 1881. Most travelers will trek the 400+ stairs to see a remarkable 360-degree view of Florence from the highest point in the city.
- Mercato Centrale: If your favorite way to experience a new place is to go local, make a point to browse through this two-stories oasis of aroma, nibbles and local varieties. Here, you can sample and purchase everything from fish, cheese and oil to fruit, meat and of course, wine. As a bonus? It’s super affordable.
- Galleria dell’Accademia: Considering this spot has a line around the block nearly every day, it is worth getting here early to see the 17-foot statue of David. Just grab some espresso and pastries for the queue, and get ready to be amazed.
- Caffé Gilli: As one of the oldest cafes in the country—if not the world—taking a break from exploring to sip on a cup of coffee at this 1733 establishment is worth it.
- Borgo San Jacopo: Considering Italy is often renowned for its cuisine and you’re on your honeymoon, drop some euros at this Michelin-starred restaurant by the Arno River. You can eat outdoors or indoors, choose from their tasting menu or order a la carte. Just make sure to book in advance.
- Piscina Comunale Costoli: Honeymooning in the summer? Cool down at this local hotspot featuring several pools, a DJ dance party and yoga, depending on the day you visit.
- Piazza Santo Spirito: In the district of Oltrarno, you’ll find a traditional street market where Italians actually shop. Snack, find a locally-made good and enjoy the trek.
- Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens: Behind Pitti Palace—which you’ll definitely want to see—set aside some time to gander the gardens behind it. Here you’ll see a public park with countless sculptures, lush greenery and a view of Tuscany.
Article by Lindsay Tigar