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Italy is at the top of the list for honeymooners every year, and with good reason. Between the sun-dappled vineyards, movement-defining pieces of art, cobblestone piazzas buzzing with amore, succulent pasta that melts in your mouth and that undeniable old world charm that sweeps you off your feet, this ancient country seems to be tailor-made for romantic declarations.
It’s also tailor-made for travelers, which is why millions flock to the ruins of Rome, the waterways of Venice and the museums of Florence. For honeymooning couples who want la dolce vita without the crowds, you’re in luck, for there’s a lot more to Italy than these iconic cities. In neighboring villages, dreamy landscapes and seaside settings, you’ll find hidden gems that give you the space and the authentic experiences you need to let romance flourish.
Many fly into Treviso on their way to Venice. Little do they know that this historic town offers much of the same Italian flare—medieval walls protecting a historic city center; beguiling canals that drift past tiny gardens; narrow, ancient streets running past boutique shops; and frescoed churches steeped with stories—which are all much easier to enjoy without the crowds.
This town was made for long, romantic strolls down narrow, cobblestoned lanes. Along your leisurely walks, stop at Treviso Cathedral, an impressive structure topped by five green domes, to view its gorgeous frescoes; and stop often to kiss on the bridges crossing the picturesque canals. Also, the guard towers and gates along the fortified wall make ideal backgrounds for honeymoon snaps. Above all else, share a piece of authentic tiramisu, which was invented—or at least perfected—here in the 1960s.
Everyone can see that Italy is shaped like a boot, but what they may not know is that there’s a little slice of paradise down in the country’s heel. Known as the “Florence of the South,” Lecce is an astonishingly beautiful city that has inspired both artists and lovers for centuries due to its striking medieval architecture and proximity to the stunning Adriatic coast.
That coast draws you in. Long days can be spent here taking advantage of the windy seascape, sailing or windsurfing across the dazzling blue waters. Local spas make the most of the sulfur-rich waters, providing curative treatments that melt stress away. And the 19th-century park Villa Comunale di Lecce attracts anyone with fresh focaccia, a block of local Burrata cheese and a bottle of wine to spend a blissful afternoon under the sun.
Pienza, according to many travelers over the years, is the ideal city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with a striking Tuscan hilltop locale, Pienza is the Renaissance epitome of utopia, a town designed in the 15th century to stir hearts and minds. Whether you’re looking at it from afar, decorating the rolling hills, or you’re standing in its central piazza, geometrically surrounded by cathedrals and perfect arches—you can’t help but sigh deeply and embrace the views.
While strolling past the inspiring architecture along such romantically-named avenues as Love Street (Via dell'Amore ) and Kiss Street (Via del Bacio) certainly does uplift the hearts, a horseback ride along the cypress trees and rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia is about as romantic as it gets.
Perched high on a hilltop near legendary Mount Etna, Taormina reigns over the Ionian Sea like a regal queen. Mainly known for its 3rd-century, horseshoe-shaped Greek Theatre, the town is as charming as any you’ll find on mainland Italy, one filled with dramatic views from just about every corner.
Honeymooners could spend countless days here, shopping for ceramics and jewelry along Corso Umberto I, the famous main street, or strolling through hidden courtyards and intimate piazzas. During the warmer months, couples are often found at local beaches, including Giardini Naxos where the waters are clearest and bright, and Lido Spisone, which comes alive at night with revelers of all nationalities.
MORE TO DISCOVER
These are just a few of the hidden gems waiting for you when you venture off the beaten path and embrace authentic Italy. To discover more of the untold secrets of this historic country, where captivating villages radiate with old-world charm and traditions are unforgettably savored—contact a Vacation expert today.
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