Real Honeymoon: Italy

Like some of their closest friends, Shira and Marc decided to honeymoon in Italy earlier this year.  Read all about their incredibly romantic Italian honeymoon below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

We went on our Honeymoon to Italy on May 20, 2013.   We started our honeymoon in Positano (with day trips to Capri and Ravello), then went to Rome, Tuscany, Florence, and Venice.

Positano Honeymoon

Beautiful Positano

How long was your trip?

15 days (May 20-June 5).

Roman Coliseum

Striking a pose at the Roman Colosseum

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

We both agreed that Italy would be the most romantic place we could go for our honeymoon.  Plus, as an art history major, I have been dying to go to Italy my whole life and my parents also went for their honeymoon.  Marc had already been to Rome so we decided to spend more time in Positano, Tuscany, and Florence.

Tuscany

Not too shabby of a view from Castello Banfi in Montalcino

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Definitely the food and wine.  Every meal (and snack) was amazing — it was so fun to try new things.

Italian Food

A gorgeous meal at Le Sirenuse in Positano

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

The weather.  Apparently this was the first May in 200 years that felt like winter.  It probably rained every other day at some point.  Normally Italy is supposed to be hot in May, but this year it wasn’t.

How much planning did you do in advance?

Not much planning — 10 hours.  We hired a travel agent that was recommended by a friend and were able to focus on planning the wedding while they planned the honeymoon.

Italian Honeymoon

A romantic meal at Ristorante La Giostra in Florence

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Definitely the hotel in Montalcino, “Castillo Banfi.”  It was a splurge but well worth it.  The castle is located on the top of a hill in their winery and it was stunning.

Italian Honeymoon

Another shot from Castello Banfi in Montalcino

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

Thailand.

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