15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Italy

Congratulations on saying ‘I do’! Now for the best part – the honeymoon! And, what better place than Italy, arguably the romance capital of the world. Not only is it beautiful, breathtakingly so, but it also offers a certain ambiance. You and yours most certainly could not have wicked a better place – every city, every region, is an absolute gem. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to narrow down which exact spot to pick. Not to worry! As a wedding gift, the work has been done for you.
Keep reading for the very Best Honeymoon Destinations in all of Italy:

15. Orta San Giulio

A smallish town in the Province of Novara, Piedmont, Orta San Giulio is often referred to as one of the prettiest villages in all of Italy. Both enchanting and breathtakingly beautiful, the views alone are enough to lure you to have this stunning place as the backdrop of your honeymoon. Most certainly geared more towards those wanting to avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle of nearby Lake Como. This is the idyllic getaway for couples seeking serenity and peace.

How to Get There

Fly into Milan and take the train to Mantua from there.

Where to Stay

  • Villa Crespi: Beautiful and lavish lakeside lodging. Includes a high-end restaurant, spa, and free breakfast. Expensive but perfect for a honeymoon stay.

What Not to Miss

  • One of the many old chapels, there’s 21 of them, all of which were constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries.
  • Take a romantic boat ride on Lake Orta.

14. Mantua

With its medieval and renaissance cityscape, Mantua is definitely worth a look when searching for the perfect honeymoon destination in Italy. Fewer crowds and lower prices are also part of its draw. But the most alluring aspect of this exceptional city is contemporary art exhibits and the lush, blooming gardens that provide the ideal setting for the ultimate romantic date. Although slightly difficult to get to, it is well worth the effort – Mantua is a hidden gem in a sea of diamonds. Definitely one of the best honeymoon spots in Italy.

How to Get There

Fly into Milan. Take the train, via Milano Centrale, to Mantua. This is the best, and most scenic route, taking about 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Casa del Pittore Mantova: Beautifully restored bed and breakfast from the 1500s. Low-key and elegantly decorated – excellent home base for an exceptional honeymoon stay.

What Not to Miss

  • Take a day trip to the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, in Mantova: The oldest church in Mantova.
  • Spend a day exploring the city’s Old Town Centre.

13. Trento

Trento in Trentino is located alongside the Adige River and offers a whole host of activities and attractions for newly married couples that want to combine the beauty of the country with adventurous fun. Hiking, skiing, and historical sightseeing are just a few of the things that the newlyweds can do to make their honeymoon one they will never forget. The city itself is quite well-known for its diverse but picturesque landscape, as well as its richness in culture, with more than a little German influence. This is especially noticeable in the local food.

How to Get There

Trento is accessible by train, car, and air. All trains stop in the city. You also have the option of flying into a nearby, larger city and taking a one to two-hour car or bus ride. 

Where to Stay

What Not to Miss

  • Travel outside of the city as the Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance of the Trento Train Station.
  • Also within walking distance of the Adige River and the Trento Cathedral.

12. Locorotondo

Locorotondo is located in the city of Bari in southern Italy. The weather is quite nice throughout the year and although small, the town has much to offer those who choose it as their Italian honeymoon destination. Quaint and charming, Locorotondo sits perched on a hill overlooking the gorgeous green countryside known as Valle d’Itria. The panoramic views are spectacular and some of the best in all of Italy. Wander the tint, winding streets, visit both ‘Old Town’, and the newer parts, there is plenty to explore. This is not for those looking for a busy, hotspot but it makes for the perfect hideaway for couples celebrating their love. 

How to Get There

From Bari – take the Ferrovie Sud-Est Train into Locorotondo. Also a short ride by train from Martina Franca and Alberobello.

Where to Stay

What Not to Miss

  • Locorotondo literally means ‘round place’ and was named this because of its unique and beautiful historic center. It is the one place you can’t miss within this quaint little city.

11. Perugia

The capital of the Umbria region of Italy, Perugia is also one of its largest and most sophisticated. Traveling through the cobbled alleyways, arched stairways, architecturally stunning piazzas, medieval basilicas, and gothic palazzos, you will feel as though you have taken a step back through time. It is both elegant and worldly. Due to its popular university, the city does attract many students throughout the year, however, this does not take away from the spirit and feel of the place itself. Perugia most definitely earns its spot on the list as one of the best honeymoon destinations in Italy.

How to Get There

Land in Rome and take a bus the rest of the way. There are also several trains that directly connect to Perugia from both Florence and Rome.

Where to Stay

  • Alessi Bed and Breakfast: Quaint and utterly charming with unbelievable views from your personal terrace. Not very pricey, either.

What Not to Miss

10. Lipari, Aeolian Islands

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands and makes for the best base when looking to explore them. The islands, Lipari, Stromboli, Salinas, Panarea, and Vulcano, lie in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the northern coast of Italy. All are unique and worth a visit. Lipari has an almost small-town feel but with an island ambiance, the beaches, views, and people are all extraordinary. Its waters are crystal clear and the beaches pristine – if the lovebirds are wanting a more tropical honeymoon – this is it.

How to Get There

Fly into Catania Airport, followed by the direct bus or private transfer to Milazzo port with a ferry taking you into Lipari.

Where to Stay

What Not to Miss

9. Castelluccio

While not a tourist hotspot, per se, Castelluccio does see thousands of visitors each year. People travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the expansive fields of blooming flowers – the stunning scene happens every summer. The town has its own charms with beautiful architecture and post-card looks. Although this one is considered to be ‘off the beaten path’, it makes a superb option for a lovely, romantic, but no-fuss honeymoon. 

How to Get There

Take the Salaria – Highway 4 – to Serravalle and then Serravalle to Castelluccio.

Where to Stay

  • Palazzo Seneca: A gorgeous 16th-century palace, stunning rooms and suites, as well as restaurants, a spa, and an outdoor pool.

What Not to Miss

8. Cagliari

Cagliari provides the best of both worlds with its old, but beautiful, art nouveau architecture as well as 8 miles of stunning coastline. The people are warm and welcoming and the prices are lower than some of the more well-known cities. Thanks in large part to the gorgeous beaches, the city does see some crowds during the busier season so planning your honeymoon in May or September would help to avoid the crowds. There is no ground transportation – the area must be accessed by boat – but it is more than worth making the effort. 

How to Get There

Fly into the Elmas-Mario Mameli International Airport. Take the shuttle to the city center located in the Piazza Matteotti.

Where to Stay

  • Palazzo Doglio: Upscale, 5-star hotel with restaurant, bar, spa, and an outdoor pool.

What Not to Miss

7. Saluzzo

Another Piedmont treasure, Saluzzo sits at the foot of the Alps, perched on a hill that overlooks a scenic plain. The town is quite tiny but more than makes up for its size in both history and charm. Much of the 15th-century town remains intact and makes for an interesting day trip. If you are looking for a secluded and intimate honeymoon, Saluzzo is a fantastic choice. 

How to Get There

Take the train to Cuneo, followed by the bus to Saluzzo.

Where to Stay

What Not to Miss

6. Chianti

Yes, it is well-known that Tuscany is a popular stop but no Italian honeymoon destination list is complete with mentioning one of the most stunning and romantic places in the whole world. Much like wine and romance go hand and hand, as does Tuscany and honeymoons. The inspiring landscape of green, rolling hills provides an almost magical atmosphere. Plus the sunsets are so beautiful you would swear that they were made specifically to accent your love. Traveling by foot or bicycle is ideal as the roads can be a bit rough and hilly – Chianti might not necessarily be glamorous but it is definitely one of the best places to go in Italy for your honeymoon.

How to Get There

Trains run about every 30 minutes from Empoli.

Where to Stay

  • Borgo di Pietrafitta Relais: Tuscan style rooms and apartments. It is located on a family farm that features beautifully landscaped gardens and an outdoor pool.

What Not to Miss

5. Atrani

This adorable little fishing village, which is only a short drive from Amalfi, sits nestled between two steep cliffs on the rocky shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. One of Italy’s true natural beauties, Atrani remains largely untouched by tourism. The entire area can be described as idyllic with lots of greenery and scenic hiking trails. This place is just as gorgeous as Amalfi but without the crowds.

How to Get There

The easiest route would be to take the train to Amalfi and then a bus from there to Atrani.

Where to Stay

  • Hotel Marina Riviera: 4-star hotel with perfectly decorated rooms and suites, terrace dining, an outdoor pool, and free breakfast.

What Not to Miss

4. Modena

Modena, which is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, is both underrated and classy. This alluring city truly has it all, especially for couples seeking the ultimate Italian honeymoon destinations. It is fairly well-connected and easy to explore. Numerous palaces, churches, and monuments dotted throughout the picturesque countryside. The rates for lodging as well as the prices as far as shopping and eating are quite a bit cheaper than what you would pay in the more popular destinations. To immerse yourself entirely in the experience, choose one of the lovely bed and breakfasts to stay in.

How to Get There

Take the bus to Parma Railway Station and then the train into Modena.

Where to Stay

  • Casa Maria Luigia: Fully restored 18th-century country-side manor with charming rooms and fine dining.

What Not to Miss

3. Bologna

Being the largest city in, and the capital of, Emilia-Romagna, Bologna offers great cuisine, beautiful scenery, and amazing people. This somewhat hidden gem is less touristy than many other Italian cities and can pretty much be traveled by foot. It is a university town so there are quite a few students but that honestly adds to the melting pot spirit.  

How to Get There

Fly into either Milan Malpensa or Roma Fiumicino, taking the train from there into Bologna.

Where to Stay

What Not to Miss

  • Piazza Maggiore: The city’s central square with plenty of shops, cafes, ancient architecture, and culturally significant buildings.

2. Camogli, Italian Riviera

A honeymoon on the Italian Riviera screams paradise and it really is. However, it is guaranteed that many others feel the same way. To miss the masses, the ideal alternative to the tourist hotspots is the gorgeous town of Camogli. Although technically a fishing village, like many on the country’s coast, it is unbelievably beautiful. The views are absolutely picturesque, much like standing within a painting. The mood is relatively laid-back and low-key with fairly inexpensive prices but plenty of things to do including boating excursions and stunning hiking trails. Camogli really is one of the top honeymoon destinations in Italy, especially for the more outdoorsy couples.

How to Get There

Camogli can be accessed by train, in about 10 minutes, from Santa Margherita Ligure, or in about 30 minutes from Genoa. Ferries also run regularly from late spring to early fall.

Where to Stay

  • Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi: Oceanfront hotel with magnificent views, three separate restaurants, a bar, spa, and private beach.

What Not to Miss

  • Abbazia di San Fruttuoso: Take an enchanting boat ride to its crystal clear waters, or get there by a fun-filled hike through the Portofino National Park.

01. Polignano a Mare

This gorgeous little place on the Italian Coast steals the number one spot by a landslide. Polignano e Mare has been dubbed one of the most romantic cities in the world and it is not hard to imagine why – beautiful isn’t strong enough a word. Sitting high on a limestone cliff with unbeatable views of the clear waters of the Adriatic below, it’s as if it was built with love in mind. There truly is no better place for your Italian honeymoon.

How to Get There

Take a flight into Bari followed by the shuttle for the central train station in Bari and take the train into Brindisi. Disembark in Polignano e Mare.

Where to Stay

  • San Michele Suite: A luxury B&B, close to Lama Monachile Beach which has lovely rooms featuring beautiful views from the personal terrace.

What Not to Miss

Italy is the land of love, there is simply no doubt about it. Its indescribable beauty, cultured history, stunning architecture, and lovely people. It provides the ideal backdrop for the arguably most romantic time in your life. A honeymoon is a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime experience and its setting should portray that. Once in a lifetime love – that perfectly describes this magnificent country, and why, any spot is the best honeymoon destination in Italy. A true Italian paradise.