'Chi mangia bene, vive bene' is literally 'Who eats well, lives well' and a honeymoon in Tuscany is perfect for indulging your appetite. It’s home to some of Europe’s finest cuisine with olive oil, truffles and porcini, ricotta and pecorino and roasted meats and salami all making this region of Italy famous. Spend time in the rolling hills that inspired Da Vinci and Raphael, sampling chianti, staring wistfully into your lover’s eyes at sunset or explore some of Italy’s prettiest villages and cities like the Renaissance city of Florence, Gothic Siena or medieval Cortona; all are easily connected by train or bus.
There’s plenty of activity like cycling around vineyards or diving off the coast but a honeymoon in Tuscany inspires contemplation and a lingering which couldn’t be more perfect for your honeymoon. Shoppers will love the chance to explore the chic boutiques of Florence and the jewelry and pottery of Arezzo whilst history buffs can overload on the antique shops of Cortona and the art galleries of pretty San Gimignano. The whole region just oozes in 15th century art and architecture. After all that culture, it’s time for the Italian tradition of aperitivo-early evening drinks with snacks and finger foods or even cook your own after taking a traditional cookery class at a Tuscan vineyard.
The romance of a honeymoon in Tuscany is intoxicating and it’s the perfect backdrop to the start of your new chapter as a married couple.
When to Go
The heat of July and August can be grueling and humid and the streets will be crowded whilst many restaurants and hoteliers will take their holidays at this time so there could be a reduced schedule. The spring and fall sees milder temperatures and thinner crowds making it the ideal time for an Italy honeymoon even though prices may be a little higher than usual. If you’re looking for less people and shorter line-ups with the lowest prices, consider taking a honeymoon in Tuscany in the winter but be prepared that in the mountains it’s cold enough for skiing and November tends to see a lot of rain.
Top Sights and Activities
- Daydream in Siena: This Unesco world heritage site is brimming with Gothic cathedrals, cobbled streets and stone palaces
- Discover art in San Gimignano: This pretty city is full of frescos, art galleries and medieval history around every corner
- Climb the bell tower in Florence: Most people tend to climb the Duomo but taking the 414 steps up the bell tower gives you a breathtaking view of Florence and the Duomo
- Take in the view at Volterra: Head to Volterra for stunning views of the western Tuscany and admire the alabaster carvings that make this town famous
- Meander the alleys of Cortona: Set on a hill with excellent views from the church of Santa Margherita, spend time amongst the churches, antique shops and small museums
- Eat gelato: Florence is said to be the birthplace of Gelato so don’t miss Vivoli or Perche’ No for some of the best
- Enjoy passeggiata in Arezzo: Take part in the italian tradition of a late-afternoon stroll through the streets and admire the 13th century church, browse the antique shops and pick up some gold jewelry
- Hike to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo: The walk up the steep hill is worth it for the most amazing views of Florence particularly at sunset
- Take a cooking class at a Tuscan Farmhouse: In a region where your appetite will be spoilt for choice, take a market tour and then a cookery lesson in the Tuscan hills so you’ll be able to make your favourite honeymoon dish at home
- Learn about leather in Santa Croce: Florence is famous for its leather so why not take a leather lesson before indulging in that purchase of a must-have leather handbag
- Visit Pisa: Most people come for the leaning tower but don’t miss out on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the beautiful park of San Rossore—such a romantic Italy honeymoon experience.
- Explore the Tuscan vineyards: Famous for its chianti, organise a tour or cycle around the vineyards for a unique insight in to some of the world’s best wines
- Go hiking in Garfagnana: This is a beautiful mountain area north of Lucca with abandoned villages and old farmhouses
- Take a 1 day mini-cruise around the Tuscan archipelago: Set sail to the place of Napoleon’s exile on Elba or explore the fantastic archaeological sites of Giannutri or relax with a cool dip in the mediterranean sea
- Get lost in art: From big names like the Uffizi and Accademia to modern street art, visit this art mecca during your honeymoon in Tuscany
- Discover Montecatini de Terme: This small, pretty spa village is set atop a hill with a spectacular view and is one of Tuscany’s best kept secrets