Italian Honeymoon: the Ultimate Adventure for Wanderlust Couples

Positano, Italy

Annie’s Escapes Custom Travel Planning offers couples top-rated services that guarantee a blissful honeymoon.

By Lenore Cullen Barnes | Photography by Everett Petronio

After months of planning and the adrenalin of the wedding day, your honeymoon provides a special respite to mark the beginning of your life together, celebrate your marriage, and make new memories in a beautiful setting. Nowhere tops Italy for beauty and romance—not to mention great food, wine, art, cities, coastline and countryside—making it a top contender for a memorable and relaxing honeymoon.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Ann Petronio of Annie’s Escapes Custom Travel Planning is well versed in the splendors of Italy. Choosing an itinerary depends on the couples’ interests and time frame. Ideally, she recommends 10 to twelve days to allow time to visit several locales and still have relaxing downtime. Petronio begins by asking a lot of questions about the couple’s interests and how they like to spend their time. She points out that couples do not have to fly in and out of the same city; they can book round-trip tickets for a multi-city itinerary.

Petronio outlines two Italian honeymoons: one for couples who want to enjoy the coast, and another for “foodies” and wine lovers.

“If it’s a summer honeymoon, and they want to include some beach time, I suggest starting in Rome and spending several days there before heading to the Amalfi coast,” says Petronio.

Petronio pre-arranges “skip the line” tickets for popular attractions, like the Vatican and the Colosseum. “And if they have a very specific interest—for example, if they want to visit the small village their great-grandparents were from—we should also pre-arrange that,” Petronio says. “Other than that, I like to send clients off with a good idea of what’s available in a given area, and maybe some information about hours of operation, so they can plan, and then let them wing it from there. Most honeymooners don’t like to be locked into a day-to-day itinerary.”

From Rome, Petronio suggests taking the train for the one-hour trip south to Naples, where she arranges for a driver to meet the newlyweds and deliver them to their hotel on the Amalfi coast. If they are interested in seeing Pompei, she suggests doing it then, instead of backtracking another day. Petronio recommends one of the small romantic hotels in Positano, where the couple can enjoy a few days relaxing, enjoying the restaurants and exploring nearby villages, like Amalfi and Ravello.

Tuscan countryside

“Here is where they’ll experience that dream of the Amalfi coast, standing on a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, just sitting at the cafes and enjoying, without any pressure to see certain sights,” Petronio says. “We could end the trip with a couple of nights on Capri, so that they can experience the island after the day-tripping crowds leave on the ferry.”

For food and wine-loving couples, Petronio begins their honeymoon with a few days in Rome before taking the train north about 90 minutes to Florence. “They can soak up the art and culture, have some amazing meals, and take daytrips by train to Bologna, Lucca, and Greve and Radda in Chianti,” Petronio notes. “They can then spend the last part of the honeymoon with a few nights in a romantic inn in the countryside. It’s worth renting a car, so they can go to local farms and vineyards for wine and olive oil tastings, and visit nearby towns like Siena and San Gimignano.

“Because of my contacts in Italy, I can arrange all sorts of unique experiences that travelers might not even know are available to them. I’ve had clients take private cooking classes in a Tuscan villa, drive a Ferrari on the test track, and enjoy a private boat excursion on the Amalfi Coast, complete with a Prosecco picnic and a swim at a secluded beach.”

Recent newlyweds Matt and Jaime Spano expressed their delight and appreciation for the Italy trip Petronio designed for their honeymoon. “We can’t thank Ann enough for her amazing planning expertise,” says Jaime. “Our trip was wonderful and her itinerary made it so easy. I could have seen us making some mistakes with language barriers; we both agreed it was nice to have a professional take care of all the arrangements so we could just relax and enjoy. The hotels were amazing and in great locations.

“Overall, we felt like our itinerary was a great mix of adventure, relaxation, sightseeing and learning/touring. Italy is our new favorite place and we absolutely want to return! We think it’s incredible that after only meeting once, we felt like Ann completely got our vision and nailed it.”

River Arno, Tuscany

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