Tuscany feels as if it has jumped straight out of a fairy tale, no matter the time of the year you decide to visit it. Perfectly embodying everything that we have come to associate with Italy, Tuscany is also a dreamy honeymoon destination with lots to offer.
With everything from idyllic countryside scenery and fascinating historic sites, to finger-lickingly good food and a stunning coastline, Tuscany really does have all the ingredients for a perfect honeymoon. The rolling hills are punctuated with green vineyards and cypress forests, with lush valleys and sparkling rivers thrown in as an added bonus. There are lots of memorable places to stay, with plenty of luxury offerings if you want to have a splurge, after all, it is your honeymoon. So, without further ado, here are some of the reasons that can put Tuscany on top of your honeymoon options!
History, architecture, and art
Tuscany is the birthplace of some of this world’s most famous artists and home to iconic architecture and masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, to name just a few. You’ll find their creations displayed at Florence’s quintessential museums.
Of course, when it comes to art and architecture, Florence has no rival. Don’t miss Michelangelo’s amazing, life-like sculpture of “David” and the infamous “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, housed in the Uffizi Gallery. And, let’s not forget the gravity-defying dome of the Florence Basilica, il Duomo, and the picturesque cobbled alleys of the beautiful town, along with its fabulous red brick roofs, pretty bridges, and imposing Renaissance architecture.
Beyond Florence, the countryside is where idyllic mediaeval villages and stylish villas are perfectly tucked away so you can enjoy both the heart-stopping landscape and the country’s cultural richness to the fullest. Even if you are not really into the arts or want a break from the historic architecture, Tuscany’s cities, villages, and rural setting are worth exploring for their raw natural beauty and the incredible ambiance. Florence also has an exciting food scene and is even considered the Italian region with the best leather and fashion!
The central part of this lovely Italian region is where you can pamper yourself with great home-cooked food, a fine selection of wines, scenic ancient settlements, fantastic landscapes, and adorable farmhouses that epitomise luxury. While here, don’t forget to give your taste buds the pleasure of a sandwich straight from a Florence food cart or a delicious t-bone steak before you finish it all off with an appetising Florentine gelato!
Other Tuscany staples you definitely need to spoil yourself with are the Tuscany pastas with vegetables or meat and perfectly balanced sauces, as well as Pecorino cheese complimented by a mouth-watering glaze of sweet balsamic vinegar and brown sugar! As for local produce, the Tuscany hill towns like Montepulciano are synonymous with out-of-this-world slow-cooking dishes that give new dimensions to local gastronomy. Every Italian region has its own cuisine and specialties. For example, Venice adds spices to its food, Naples is known for its pizza, and Sicily for its fish dishes.
If having lots of sand- and sun-related fun is a prerequisite for your honeymoon, then Tuscany will be right up your street. Driving towards the western part of the region will introduce you to a stunning coastline and magnificent islands, such as Isola d’Elba, which, according to legend, were born after the diamonds adorning the goddess of love Venus’ tiara fell off on earth!
From the Apuan Riviera on the north to the Versilia area on the south and the beautiful Etruscan coast, expect unique landscapes filled with majestic marble mountains, shady pine forests, endless sugary beaches, and unspoiled dune ecosystems. While visiting any of the sandy shores, you could also combine the seaside experience with water sports and other activities, such as hiking in the mountains. The views you’ll get from every single one of your endeavours will be hypnotising!
The soils of the gentle hills around the Chianti and Val d’Orcia are a warm and welcoming home for the famous Tuscan wines. Whether a white or red wine enthusiast, Tuscany will spoil your taste with fine flavours and aromas from wines like Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. Either as part of a Tuscany wine tour or a romantic picnic adventure while exploring the fantastic countryside and laying eyes on scenic views, Tuscany’s wine tasting and making scene will not disappoint you.
Whether you’re here on a honeymoon or not, a holiday in Tuscany feels magical. The same goes for its absolutely mind-blowing farmhouses, luxury mansions, elegant villas, and adorable cottages with an impressive range of comforts and amenities to complement a gorgeous honeymoon. So, pick the estate that best suits your dream and enjoy the pampering, views, and world-class concierge services provided!