Top 10 Hotels for an Italian Honeymoon
From beautiful island beaches to tree-topped hills and soaring mountains, Italy is undoubtedly a spectacular destination. It is also renowned for having some of the world’s greatest gastronomy, art, fashion and history. All this makes it an ideal location for a honeymoon and we have put together our top 10 hotel recommendations to help you in your search for your perfect trip.
Lake Como (Bellagio) – Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Our first hotel recommendation is the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, one of the most prestigious historic hotels on Lake Garda and the only 5-star luxury hotel in Bellagio. With its lounges and gardens guests are able to immerse themselves in the heritage and enjoy a holiday like the aristocrats of times gone by. With every comfort imaginable and looking out over one of the most beautiful views in the world this is certainly a top location for one’s honeymoon.
Bellagio is known for its cobbled lanes, elegant buildings and Villa Serbelloni Park, an 18th-century terraced garden with lake views. It is also home to the Tower of the Arts which is a venue for exhibitions and performances, and the Romanesque San Giacomo Church.
Lake Garda (Sirmione) – Hotel Olivi
Staying in Northern Italy for our second recommendation is Lake Garda. With its crystal clear water and uninterrupted views it is another wonderful location for a honeymoon. At the south end of the lake is the town of Sirmione which is dominated by the Rocca Scaligera, a grand fortress that dominates the harbour. There is also a nearby archaeological site, Grotte di Catullo, which is one of the largest residential villas in northern Italy.
The Hotel Olivi Thermae & Natural Spa is 4-star luxury hotel with splendid rooms, excellent restaurant and wonderful staff that will leave you feeling truly pampered during your stay. The scenery around the hotel is unforgettable and Sirmione provides a great base to explore. From excursions to boat trips, or tickets to the Arena of Verona and restaurant reservations there is a lot to enjoy.
Amalfi Coast (Amalfi) – Miramalfi
Stretching 30 miles along the coast of southern Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is a popular holiday destination. The sheer cliffs, rugged shoreline, hidden small beaches and the pastel-colored fishing villages make it a picture perfect location. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves.
The hotel we recommend here is the Miramalfi Hotel in Amalfi town. Inaugurated in 1956, the hotel is a family run affair with the Mansi’s instilling incredible management and service in its operation. A stay here is not only relaxing it is also breathtaking. The pool and lounge area overlook the sea and the terrace restaurant ‘Ristorante Donna Emma’ provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic meal with your loved one.
Venice – Palladio Hotel
Capital to the Veneto region and built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea is the unique city Venice. With no roads, the landscape is made up of Renaissance and Gothic palaces, walkways and famous canals – including the Grand Canal. The central square, known as the Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics. There is a lot to explore in the city and those with a head for heights should climb St Mark’s Campanile for amazing views!
The Palladio Hotel & Spa is an exciting and distinctive 5-star hotel. The building was a sixteenth-century convent designed by the greatest Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladi and has some great history within its walls. Located away from the crowds of the Piazza San Marco, the hotel offers serenity and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of the best features of the hotel is its spa. Set over two floors, it has eight rooms, each dedicated to a special treatment. You can also enjoy a Vitalis Bath, which offers a detoxifying experience using products such as Dead Sea minerals and muds. After your treatment, you can relax in the sauna or the spacious lounge area which has three huge windows overlooking St Mark’s Square.
Lake Maggiore – Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees
Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy with its northern tip crossing the border into Switzerland. Located on the south side of the Alps, its shoreline is divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. The climate is mild all year round and the region is filled with Mediterranean vegetation and exotic plants. The lake was also featured in Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel A Farewell to Arms, when the protagonist and his lover must row across the lake in order to escape the Italian Carabinieri!
Our hotel recommendation is located in Stresa and known as a little corner of paradise to those who have been there. The Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées & SPA is an Art Nouveau hotel which sits on the shores of the lake. The surroundings combine sumptuous elegance and tradition with the charm of the Italian luxury Grand Hotels. You will enjoy wonderful service, beautiful views and a gastronomic experience to tantalise your tastebuds, all in a lake view setting.
Florence – Hotel Degli Orafi
Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. Home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, it is an iconic location. There is a lot to explore and enjoy in the city such as the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto, the Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s David sculpture and the Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and da Vinci’s Annunciation.
Our hotel recommendation for your stay in Florence is the Hotel degli Orafi, a prestigious residence in the city’s centre. From the minute you arrive you will be greeted with a warm reception and be waited on by the dedicated hotel staff. You can enjoy the top floor panoramic bar and terrace, where you can admire the River Arno and an enchanting perspective of Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo. You can also enjoy the local cuisine and typical Italian dishes. The breakfast is something not to be missed as it is served in the ancient ballroom, adorned with original frescoes of the nineteenth century and with river views.
Rome – Hotel Majestic
The city of Rome has glorious monuments and colossal remains that takes you back on an epic journey in time. When exploring the Colosseum, you can easily imagine how the gladiators fought for their life in the arena, cheered by the crowd or in the Circus Maximus, picturing the chariots crashing into each other vying for first place, and in the Roman Forum visualising what the Roman public life was like. With this unparalleled history, renowned cuisine and lively atmosphere, Rome is the third most visited city in Europe.
Our recommendation for accommodation here is the Hotel Majestic. This 5-star luxury hotel embraces its neoclassical heritage with innovation for the 21st century. The hotel has also been synonymous with the art of haute cuisine since it was built in the late 19th century. Today, both on the ground and first floors, the hotel houses several types of bars and restaurants offering great quality of food, drinks and entertainment. In such a great location and offering amazing service, anyone who has been here can truly say that there is something magical about it.
Sorrento – Imperial Tramontano
Our eighth recommendation is in Sorrento, a coastal town in southwestern Italy. Facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula, it is known for stunning sea views and the Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic town centre is a network of cobbled streets and alleyways and is also home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.
Staying in Sorrento, we recommend the Imperial Hotel Tramontano. It is an ideal location for your honeymoon as it overlooks the most beautiful part of the Gulf of Naples and encapsulates the romantic culture of the region. The hotel has a wealth of history as it originally served as a private residence before becoming a hotel in 1812. With its history, decor, cuisine and incomparable setting makes for a unique and unforgettable stay in Sorrento.
Cinque Terre – Hotel Porto Roca, Monterosso
The Cinque Terre is part of a string of five centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Each town has colourful houses and vineyards that cling to steep terraces. The harbours are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto! The Sentiero Azzurro is a stunning hiking trail which links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas.
Monterosso is the only Cinque Terre village with a proper stretch of beach. The village is known for its lemon trees and anchovies as well as its crystalline water and plentiful restaurants. Nestled in this beautiful scenery is the Hotel Porto Roca. The hotel provides dramatic views and gives the impression that you are sailing above the sea. Boasting 43 rooms with large balconies overlooking the Monterosso Bay, as well as an infinity-seawater pool, private beach and panoramic restaurant, it is a tranquil setting to relax for your honeymoon.
Sicily – Excelsior Palace, Taormina
Our final recommendation is in Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island located just off the ‘toe’ of Italy. Rich in history and traditions, and where art and culture intertwine with wonderful natural beauty, Sicily is an amazing island. This is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of seven monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. Probably the most well known landmark on the island is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.
The location for our recommended hotel is Taormina which is in a panoramic position between the sea and the mountains. It’s a refined town that holds amazing treasures, like its incredible Greek Amphitheatre. A 10-minute walk from there you will find the Excelsior Palace Hotel. The hotel has been welcoming guests since 1904 and offers genuine hospitality, boasts panoramic views of Mount Etna and the hillside village of Castelmola, as well as outdoor pool and balcony rooms with sea views. The hotel’s restaurant specialises in international favourites and Mediterranean cuisine. It makes for an ideal location for your romantic getaway.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about our recommendation and please don’t hesitate to get in touch should have any further questions!