I’m always excited to share Real Honeymoon posts about Italy because it is such a popular destination and every couple’s itinerary is different. This week we have Laura and Ryan’s Italian honeymoon from earlier this summer, and it sure is a good one. Rather than spending too much time in the major cities, they decided to mostly relax in wine country and on the beach. A pretty good strategy for a honeymoon if you ask me! Read all about their amazing honeymoon in Italy below:
When and where did you honeymoon?
How long was your trip?
Two weeks (2 days total in Rome, 2 nights in Porto Ercole, 3 nights in Tuscany, 3 nights in Praiano, and 2 nights in Capri).
How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?
We had both been to Rome before but hadn’t traveled elsewhere in Italy. We both love Italian food (and wine!) and thought spending some time in wine country and on the beach would be the perfect relaxing mix for us.
The best part about our honeymoon was…
Il Pelicano, the resort we stayed at in Porto Ercole. It has amazing old world charm and the service, food, views, everything is excellent. It is just such a special place! I recommend it to everyone!
We also did a boat day in Capri that I really loved. We rented a small wooden boat with our guide Tonino who took us around the island. We drank his family’s wine and ate small snacks from his wife’s restaurant while he showed us the island’s grottos and beaches. It was so much fun and great to see the views from someone who had lived on Capri his whole life and was so passionate about it!
If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…
Our time in Tuscany — we didn’t plan our time there as much as elsewhere and it was more difficult to fit in everything we wanted to do. I would love to go back and do more wine tasting, pizza making and general touring! I also wish we could’ve planned time for Cinque Terra. It looks so beautiful but we just didn’t have the chance to visit.
How much planning did you do in advance?
We worked with a travel agent (recommended by our friends after planning their honeymoon). She was very helpful for planning flights and hotels but less so for activities so most of these we planned ourselves. I am a planner so I liked having most things set before we started our trip. That said, we did give ourselves some flexibility to change our plans up if necessary.
What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?
We thought our biggest honeymoon splurge would be a fancy dinner at Il Pelicano. They have a Michelin-starred restaurant there so we thought it was a great way to celebrate and treat ourselves. However, while we were at dinner there we found out that some of our friends had bought us dinner there as a gift! It was a great treat!
Otherwise, we spent a little bit more money on nicer hotels that were close in proximity to where we were visiting – having a nice place to stay just generally made our trip more enjoyable!
Where do you want to go on your next big trip?
We really want to plan an African safari and also want to visit Greece. Stay tuned :)