An Italy honeymoon is all about enjoying mouthwatering cuisine, gazing upon beautiful scenery and getting lost in rich and varied cultural history. The dramatic Amalfi coastline, rolling Tuscan hills and ancient Italian cities form the most romantic backdrop to the start of your married life, and will ensure your luxury honeymoon in Italy is an unforgettable experience. Here are some of our favourite Italian honeymoon destinations.
The Amalfi Coast is one of Exsus’ favourite honeymoon destinations in Europe, justly renowned for its natural beauty. With medieval cathedral villages and lemon groves teetering on soaring cliffs, the stunning coastline is best enjoyed with a luxurious boat tour, one of the most romantic ways imaginable to spend your honeymoon. Stopping off at the picturesque towns of Positano and Ravello, you can then cross the Bay of Naples to the beautiful island of Capri, renowned as a resort since the days of the Roman Republic and a beautiful place to end a luxury honeymoon in Italy. Our Amalfi Mi Amore, the ultimate iconic Italy honeymoon is a great way to enjoy the Amalfi Coast in style.
Alternatively, take a romantic tour of Sicily and the volcanic Aeolian Islands, for a pulse-quickening yet truly secluded and intimate getaway to begin your married life. Among these is the isle of Vulcano, which lent its name to the smouldering craters of Etna, Vesuvius et al and is still active to this day. Vulcano’s geological features allow you to swim in thermal pools, wallow in mud baths, and indulge in thalasso spa treatments, the perfect way to relax in stunning scenery on your Italy honeymoon. The famous Stromboli volcano has been erupting virtually continuously for the past 2,000 years and is easily recognisable by its billowing pillar of steam, and attracts movie stars and fashion designers to its dramatic shores. When you need an escape from the Aeolian infernos, the neighbouring island of Panarea is a beautiful and serene spot. Small enough to be mercifully free of cars, Panarea’s laid-back luxury attracts A-list holidaymakers, offering beautiful sunsets, great walking, and stunning blue coves, the perfect serene ending to your honeymoon.
If you’re torn between taking in Italy’s beautiful scenery and exploring its cosmopolitan cities, then consider our Como & Couture itinerary, which tours both Milan and Lake Como in serious style. Kicking off in Milan, you’ll take in the world-class fashion and Renaissance art before heading to the beautiful lake to rub shoulders with A-list stars and soak up the stunning vistas. Throughout, you'll be able to tuck into exquisite food and Italian wines and stay in the pinnacle of luxury - take a look at the Bulgari and Villa D'este.
Of course, an Italian honeymoon doesn’t have to end in Italy – Exsus offers great luxury honeymoons which combine two fantastic destinations. Our luxury Croatia and Italy honeymoon follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo, starting in his beautiful birthplace of Venice, where you’ll traverse the famous waterways to take in the iconic sights of Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. From there, you’ll go on to Croatia and the tiny island where Marco Polo was said to have resided, Korcula. Full of fascinating historical sites and renowned for its seafood and wine, this is the perfect way to end your luxury honeymoon.
If you want to combine your Italy honeymoon with even more luxury and sightseeing, try our London, Paris & Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express itinerary - ideal for those who want a taster of some of Europe's most beautiful and romantic cities.
Our favourite Italy honeymoon hotels
Casa Angelina in the town of Praiano on the Amalfi Coast is the perfect honeymoon coastal retreat, combining contemporary elegance with the stunning natural surroundings. Dine on sumptuous, classic Italian cuisine while you take in the beautiful scenery at the rooftop restaurant – making sure you try the mixologist’s renowned limoncello mojitos – or watch the sun go down over the ocean from your private terrace.
When you get to Capri, stay in style at Capri Palace, a glamorous Hollywood hangout offering spectacular views over the Bay of Naples. With suites dedicated to cultural greats like Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol, Capri Palace is a boutique homage to elegance and style. Whether you’re enjoying one of the two great restaurants, Il Riccio and L'Olivo (which boast three Michelin stars between them), or unwinding in privacy beside your private pool and garden, Capri Palace offers the perfect getaway for your luxury honeymoon in Italy.
Epitomising the laid back island of Panarea is the chic Hotel Raya, chilled out during the day and bursting to life with a trendy young crowd at night. Perched on a hillside among winding olive groves, the hotel’s terrace restaurant has one of the island’s most spectacular views, before coming alive as a trendy nightspot which attracts Panarea’s high-profile crowd – the perfect blend for your Italy honeymoon of luxurious relaxation and vibrant nightlife.