Once the vows have been said and the guests have dispersed, it's time for our favourite part of every wedding experience to begin: the honeymoon. And while we adore destination weddings, we'll always secretly long for a romantic whirlwind of a destination honeymoon. Of all the locations we've experienced and loved, Italy may be one of our favourites! Our very own editor Kelsey Genna and her husband honeymooned in Italy this past Summer following their Amalfi elopement, and they've clued us into some must-visit destinations. Here's our guide to an Italian summer honeymoon on the road...
Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum - Assisi, Italy
This boutique hotel and museum spa is situated within a 700-year-old medieval stone monastery. But while the building may have been built in 1275, the decor is nothing but modern, minimalist and technologically-savvy. With only 18 suites available, we found our stay felt incredibly intimate and calming. The spa's owners maintain a respectful reverence of the Ancient Roman tradition and have created a circuit that invites visitors through four separate rooms with varying temperatures and levels of humidity. The experience is purifying and regenerating and was the perfect way to start off your Italian roadtrip. Make sure to also squeeze in a visit to the town of Assisi while you are visiting the spa - the medieval city is not only the birthplace of the Franciscan Order of monks, but it also houses some of the most gorgeous medieval architecture in Italy!
Palazzo Manfredi - Roma, Italy
Location, location, location. If you're looking for the prime spot in Roma for views, access to the city and impeccable service, the Palazzo Manfredi should be your one-stop stay. This boutique hotel truly is five star Italian luxury at its best. We fell head over heels during our first night in this hotel with its sumptuous interior design and enchanting wallpapered rooms. Each morning we woke up and enjoyed breakfast at the in-house (incredible, world-renowned) restaurant Aroma, welcoming the day with rigatoni and prosecco - the Colosseum sitting gloriously at our doorstep. Be sure to spend at least one night at this majestic hotel before embarking on more Italian adventures.
Relais Blu - Sorrento, Italy
We have high standards here at Well Travelled Bride, but even we must admit this may be one of the most fabulous restaurants we've ever visited. Our tip would be to arrive early and enjoy appetizers and prosecco on the terrace - a front row seat to a promising sunset view! Realis Blu sits on the very far point of the Sorrento Peninsula, so patrons can be assured a stunning view no matter the time of day. And if the glamorous white decor of this restaurant could be matched by anything, it would surely be the impeccable cuisine produced by the Michelin Star Kitchen. Seafood is, of course, the main attraction, but the restaurant's garden of spices and herbs also enhances every other meal on the menu. We personally recommend the flying squid.
Rossellini's - Ravello, Italy
If you're seeking the perfect romantic dining experience for your honeymoon, be sure to make reservations for a dinner at Rossellini's - arguably one of the most romantic spots we set foot in on our Italian travels. Expect to walk in to the tune of live music and definitely order a bottle of champagne to set the right tone for an evening celebrating your love. The menu is of course, the main event. Ensure a light lunch before indulging in an extravagant six plus course of heavenly Neapolitan cuisine with a creative flair.
Mamma Agata's Cooking School - Ravello, Italy
One of our favourite memories of our Italian roadtrip was the cooking class we enjoyed at the famous Mamma Agata's Cooking School in the sweet town of Ravello. The course takes place in Mamma Agata's private rooftop home and overlooks a spacious garden brimming with lemon trees, flowers and the very vegetables used in her wonderful dishes. Your host Chiara will have you instantly feeling at home and share with you the very heart and warmth of Italian culture. Enjoy a cooking class with your love and then stay for a lingering luncheon among the olive vines, stealing bites of Mamma Agata's famous lemon cake and sipping on glasses of limoncello.
Adler Thermae Resort & Spa - Siena, Italy
We all know that days of travel can eventually feel like anything but a holiday, so we recommend an overnight stay at this gorgeous spa for a little rest and relaxation during the halfway point of your trip. Nestled within the rolling Tuscan countryside, the Adler Thermae is a UNESCO Heritage site and one of Italy's leading wellness resorts. Start your visit with a private couple's massage, followed by a dip in the pool and a sampling of the delicious lunch buffet. And if you start itching for activity, spend your time between treatments exploring the expansive property and all the beauty it has to offer!
Castello Banfi - Montalcino, Italy
Nestled in the hills of Montalcino, visitors will find not only one of Italy's finest wineries, but the rustic yet charming boutique Castello Banfi hotel. If exploring wine country is high on your list, these are the upscale accommodations you'll be needing. We highly recommend curling up with a book after a day trip to Sienna and soaking up the joys of this historic castle. Highlights of our stay included dinner and wine at the heavenly Sala dei Grappoli, adding to our knowledge of Italian wine with an exclusive Cellar Tour, sipping Aperol Spritz by the pool and spending a rainy afternoon in the incredibly stylish Reading Room. This spot is definitely a new #welltravelled favourite.
Ristorante Marina Grande - Amalfi, Italy
Seafood lovers will adore this waterfront restaurant on the Amalfi Coast. Some Italians claim this restaurant holds some of the town's best views of the sea at sunset - the perfect accompaniment to your mussels and linguine. For lovers looking to spend a long evening lingering over good food and rich wine as the day turns to night, this little restaurant is a spot you must bookmark.
Well, arrivederci to all our Well Travelled Brides about to embark on the honeymoon of their dreams! We hope you enjoy your Italian avventura. Travel well.