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Written by Guest Blogger Last updated: October 7, 2016
For a taste of La Dolce Vita, Italy makes the ultimate honeymoon destination. Every year thousands of couples choose to spend a romantic honeymoon in Italy, and it’s easy to see why. From the historic and beautiful architecture of cities such as Rome, Florence and Venice, to a diverse range of stunning landscapes – Alpine, coastal and lakeside, all dotted with picturesque villages, Italy has charm to spare.
There is culture, in world-renowned museums and galleries; there is Italy’s mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine; there is shopping in the stylish boutiques of Milan, and then of course there is the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals. A honeymoon in Italy holds the promise of excitement, entertainment and of course plenty of romantic interludes.
Curators of the world’s best experiences, Tinggly have put together what they consider the ultimate activities to try on your Italian honeymoon.
In the Strait of Bonifacio, between the well-known islands of Corsica and Sardinia, the gorgeous Maddalena Archipelago has sublime crystal-clear waters perfect for a refreshing swim, isolated coves to explore, and a rich variety of wildlife that has seen it designated a National Park. The area is especially popular with sightseeing trips, but this one is a little different, as you spend the day touring on a vintage sailboat that has been crafted by local artisans. A delicious freshly prepared lunch, accompanied by wine, is served onboard, to enjoy with the sumptuous views. This is the quintessential stylish Italian sailing experience.
This Sicily gift experience is guaranteed to get the heart racing. It involves an invigorating trek around Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos. Travelling by 4×4 jeep across a rocky, almost lunar landscape, you disembark at the foot of the mighty volcano, to explore the lava caves where legend has it that Zeus once trapped the monster Typhon. Lush woodlands, olive groves and vineyards dot the area, flourishing in the nutrient-rich soil. You’ll tour a local vineyard and be invited to join a typical Sicilian lunch, with the opportunity to do some wine-tasting and pick up a few souvenirs of your day.
Discover the secrets of making genuine Italian pizza and gelato with this expert-led cuisine course in the wonderful city of Florence. First you’ll learn how to make the perfect thin pizza crust and how to create traditional toppings, before sliding your pizza into a traditional oven and enjoying the tasty result. For dessert, you’ll have a hands-on demonstration on how to flavour and colour your own gelato, one of the highlights of any holiday in Italy. You can then impress friends and family once you get home with your culinary masterpieces!
While their historical accuracy may be disputed, there’s no doubt that Dan Brown’s labyrinthine thrillers remain a staple of holiday reading, illuminating a world of dark secrets and mysterious legends. This fascinating guided tour takes you around some of Rome’s most beautiful piazzas, unearthing ancient and often bizarre stories with links to Christianity, architecture, sculpture and even the Bible. See the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian, an “escape tunnel” constructed in case a pope ever needed to flee the Vatican, and learn the truth behind the “Illuminati.” You’ll never see Rome in the same way again.
The classic Venice canal tour is of course by gondola, and you can certainly find that romantic experience in the Tinggly collection. But if you prefer something a little more unique and active, why not see the canals by kayak instead? Led by a professional local guide with a passion for this entrancing city, you’ll paddle gently past palaces fading beautifully over the centuries, beneath ancient stone bridges, and see many busy piazzas, churches and squares. Food tastings along the way help keep your energy levels up, and if you want to make it even more special, you can even take this tour by moonlight.
A highlight of many holidays in Italy is sampling the local vintage, and Tuscany is regarded as one of the world’s premier wine regions. This special tour involves transportation from Florence by luxury coach. You’ll begin at the prestigious Wine School of Florence with a short lesson in the basic principles of wine tasting, before moving on to a couple of highly regarded local vineyards. The scenery – all rolling hills, cypress trees and row after row of grapes, is idyllic, and you’ll also be invited to join a traditional Tuscan lunch.