The 10 Most Romantic Places to Honeymoon in Italy
There are countless reasons to plan a honeymoon to Italy: the incredible food, the rich history and culture, those beautiful coastal towns, world-class wine, and did we mention the food? Based on our Honeymoon Diary submissions, the boot-shaped country always seems to top our readers' list—which is why we wanted to find out which cities are the best for romance. To determine the list, we partnered with the Foursquare city guide app and the check-in app Foursquare Swarm. Of course, there are the obvious choices (Amalfi Coast, anyone?), but a few may surprise you. (Stay tuned for the most romantic spots in France and the Caribbean!)
The lowdown: This charming village is one of the five that makes up Cinque Terre, set on the Italian Riviera coast. The best way to experience the area is to hike from town to town.
Foursquare tip: "It's a super rocky trail to Corniglia, mostly uphill from Vernazza. Make sure to bring supportive shoes." — Christine Wang, Hong Kong
Hotel to book: Le Terrazze B&B is run by two sisters and has three color-themed rooms (green, pink, and blue).
The lowdown: It doesn't get more picturesque—and romantic—than this scenic cliffside town on the Amalfi coast.
Foursquare tip: "The restaurant Saraceno D'Oro is a fantastic spot if you're willing to hike up the hill. To me it was totally worth it! Lovely and friendly service." — Cody Griggers, South Sudan
Hotel to book: Le Sirenuse, a stunning luxury property that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a quick walk to the beach.
The lowdown: The Tuscan capital is home to some of the world's most cherished artistic treasures—not to mention the iconic Duomo cathedral and Ponte Vecchio.
Foursquare tip: "There's nothing better than the Uffizi Gallery! It's such an exquisite experience. To avoid the queues, book tickets in advance. There are also less people in the morning." — Kamila Shibalova, Czech Republic.
Hotel to book: Hotel Brunelleschi, a 96-room property located in the heart of Florence, is a short walk from the top shopping streets and popular monuments.
The lowdown: This gorgeous coastal town in southwestern Italy overlooks the Bay of Naples.
Foursquare tip: "Trattoria da Emilia has mazing gnocchi and good seafood. Great to watch the sunset!" — Michelle Schweinfurth
Hotel to book: Maison La Minervetta has nautical themed rooms, colorful artwork, and incredible views.
The lowdown: It's not every day you come across a modern-day city so full of beautifully maintained ancient ruins.
Foursquare tip: "The Pantheon is my favorite place in all of Rome. Spring for an audio tour to get the full experience, and stop by Raphael's tomb and admire the amazing engineering." — Benjamin Sutch, United Kingdom
Hotel to book: The elegant Hotel Eden, set in the heart of the city, is reopening in early 2017 after a head-to-toe transformation.
The lowdown: Thirteenth century walls surround this medieval Tuscan hill town, where the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Foursquare tip: We almost skipped on the Torre Grossa (Great Tower), but we are so glad we didn't. The views are incredible. It's definitely worth the minimal entrance fee." — Justin Breton, New York
Hotel to book: Located in the historic square, Hotel Leon Bianco, has been family-owned and -run for 30 years.
The lowdown: Most people head to this small in the Lombardy Alps in the winter, when there is top-notch skiing.
Foursquare tip: "Bormio Ski resort is beautiful. Even if you don't enjoy winter sports, you can enjoy the spa." — Alla Dirks, Moscow
Hotel to book: Hotel Larice Bianco has 42 wood-paneled rooms and is located near both the ski lifts and the town center.
The lowdown: A visit to this postcard-perfect town is not complete without sitting in the main square and sipping a legendary limoncello at sunset.
Foursquare tip: "Make sure you have a small car and are used to driving on the curvy and narrow roads." — Ayca Pasali, Istanbul
Hotel to book: Most of the rooms at the Hotel Santa Caterina, which opened in 1904, have views of the sea.
The lowdown: This Bay of Naples isle is best known for its natural sites, on being the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue.
Foursquare tip: "Da Paolino is an incredible restaurant. It has a wonderful garden with lemons hanging low above each table. And the food is great!" — Elena Danchevska, Kiev
Hotel to book: La Scalinatella is a former private villa with just 30 rooms decorated with hand-painted floor tiles and antiques.