Secrets of Italy: Honeymoon Gems in the Land of Romance
Italy is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations of the entire world, and millions flock to its shores each…
There are few regions of Italy with as much to offer as Tuscany and none that embody so perfectly everything we think of as quintessentially Italian. Home to Italy’s best wines, most iconic pasta dishes, best scenery and the birthplace of its most famous artists, Tuscany is Italy in a microcosm – the perfect region to visit on your Italy honeymoon.
For those interested in art and architecture you don’t get much better than the region capital of Florence. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Boticelli, Giotto and the architect Brunelleschi were all born in Tuscany and much of their most famous works reside in Florence.
Central Tuscany is mecca for those in search of good wines, great home-cooked food, picturesque medieval hill towns, charming farmhouses and stunning scenery. A drive around the hills of the Val d’Orcia region is hard to beat and possibly the most romantic way to spend a honeymoon in Tuscany. Easily accessible from Rome on an organized tour or by rental car (although you’ll miss the wine then), it’s a great option for day trips.
Meanwhile, for those looking for sun and sand during their honeymoon in Italy, the Tuscan archipelago to the west boasts stunning islands such as Isola d’Elba. According to legend they were created when the diamonds fell from Venus’s tiara. Needless to say, they’re easy on the eyes. Michelangelo summed it up perfectly when he snuck into St. Peter’s Basilica one night. During the day he had overheard two people looking at his sculpture, The Pietà, recently finished for the Pope. One of the pair turned to the other and complimented this beautiful work by “Michelangelo of Rome”. Incensed, he crept in after dark with his chisel in hand. He mounted the statue and into the belt of the Virgin Mary he carved, “Michelangelo Buonarotti, from Florence, made this.”
And he was right – because there’s nowhere in the world quite like Tuscany.