If you’re planning a honeymoon, few destinations could be better (or more popular!) than Italy. And while you could head to your classic honeymoon haunts (Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi coast), your luna di miele is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and one you might not want to share with every other honeymooning couple.
For a laid-back, sun-soaked honeymoon, stay in Lecce, nicknamed the “Florence of the South” for its striking architecture, and explore the rural areas and small towns nearby.
But we just couldn’t leave Verona off a list of potential honeymoon destinations in Italy: It’s just too perfect! Often called the less-discovered version of Tuscany, Umbria has the same rolling hills, excellent food, and medieval hilltop towns as its better-known neighbor – sans tourists. If sophistication and urban energy are what you’re after, consider Turin, one of Italy’s most happening cities. Among others, Turin has the world’s second most important Egyptian collection, a museum of cinema, and even a museum devoted to cars!
Some, including Lake Lugano, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, are frequented by Italians and Europeans in the high season, so seek out one of the smaller gems if you want true solitude. The beaches near Oristano or Buggerru, on the western shore, are world-renowned, as are the beaches on the southern coast, near Villasimius—and they’ll be far less crowded.