The Best Italy Honeymoon Itinerary for Foodie Couples
When it comes to good food and a romantic destination, Italy comes to my mind. Who doesn’t like a cheesy pizza, or fresh pasta, or gelato? Who can resist walking on cobbled streets and candlelit dinners with the accordion lightly playing in the background? That romantic scene in Lady and The Tramp is etched in our minds where the two share a kiss over a spaghetti noodle! That’s why Jugo and I planned an Italy honeymoon itinerary that exuded romance and would be full of amazing meals. Over the course of a week, we set out to explore Tuscany and Sicily and all the amazing wine and local delicacies those regions had to offer.
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Renting a Car in Tuscany
We started our honeymoon in Tuscany arriving at the Pisa airport where we picked up our car rental from Budget. Our booking was for August 10-13 and cost $146 CAD. We skipped out on paying for their optional insurance because we have the Amex gold card which covers car rental insurance.
*To find the cheapest rental options, I use Skyscanner.
**In addition, many credit card companies offer car rental coverage so look into getting a card if you plan on renting a car.
Tuscany is in North-Eastern Italy and is known for being an Italy honeymoon destination because of its beautiful landscape, history, great wine, and food. Don’t worry though, you can still find places that aren’t packed with tourists during the high season. We chose to visit the Chianti region for our Tuscany honeymoon and drove through rolling hills, cypress tree rows, charming hamlets, and stone built traditional farmhouses. It was so dreamy!
Honeymoon Romance at Castello di Fontertutoli
From the airport, we booked accommodation in the Tuscan countryside at a B&B called Castello di Fonterutoli. This beautiful B&B is a beautiful, traditional, small Tuscan hamlet in the Chianti region. In addition to being a B&B, Castello di Fontertutoli is a winery produced by the Mazzei family for 24 generations! This is exactly why we wanted to book this place…to taste some wine!
The cost of the room came to $455 for three nights with breakfast included. We stayed in an old hunting lodge with a room that overlooked the rolling hills and had a very nice rustic charm to it. Also, there’s a shared kitchen if you are up for cooking your own meals. If you have a car, you can take a short drive to the pool which overlooks the entire countryside.
A 75-minute wine tour is offered at Castello di Fontertutolifor for 25 euros, where you can see their wine making facilities, learn about the process of making wine and my favorite part, tastings with a sommelier. We learned that the Chianti uses Sangiovese grapes and tastes amazing with my favourite dish…pizza!
Our favorite from the tour was the Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG. We bought a bottle that we would save to drink for our one year anniversary. We were there in August but the best time to go is in September so you can see the harvesting of the grapes.
A Day Trip to Siena
Not far from our B&B is Siena which is perfect for a daytrip. Known for its beautiful medieval brick buildings, it feels as if you have stepped back in time. They even have a famous horse race there called the Palio which has been running since the 17th century.
Surrounding our B&B, are many traditional taverns with their own local wine, freshly made pasta and pizza made in a wood fire oven. We loved the spaghetti where the noodles were homemade and the sauce made from fresh, local ingredients.
After Tuscany, it was time to go to honeymoon in Sicily. The driving in Sicily is breathtaking as you ride along the coast, passing ancient Roman ruins, turquoise water, and golden beaches. Most confusing was driving in towns where two-way streets would all of a sudden turn into a one-way and we never knew if we were driving on the right side or not till a car would honk at us!
Renting a car in Sicily
We were pressed for time because we only had one week for our honeymoon, so we took a flight over and arrived at the Palermo airport.You can find very cheap flights in Europe, on budget airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair. I use Skyscanner to find out which airline offers the cheapest option. We were renting again from Budget from August 14-18th and the cost was $196.
*If you plan on bringing any checked bags, most of the budget airlines do not include a free checked bag. However, easyJet has reasonable prices whereas Ryanair can be very costly.
**If you have the time, I’d recommend renting for a week because the cost would have been the same.
As soon as we arrived we needed to find something to eat. We tried the local delicacies Arancini (fried rice balls) and the best Sicilian dessert, the glorious cannoli.
If you don’t know, a cannoli is a fried shell that is stuffed with ricotta and chocolate chips. If you want the best, you go to Sicily! We were not disappointed when we tried our first real Sicilian cannoli and spent the rest of our trip eating them on a daily basis.
Traditional Country Studio
Our accommodation in Valderice was in a little village where the old people sit outside and chat and you can’t find a single shop open in the middle of the afternoon. We picked the place because we found a super cute home on Airbnb that we wanted to stay at. We booked for two nights which cost $200.
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The house is a traditional country style with stone walls and wooden beams on the ceiling. There’s a really nice courtyard in the back which was perfect for us eating our breakfast out in the morning.
Fairy Tale Town of Erice
Not far from Valerie is Erice, a fairy tale mountain-top town sitting 750 meters above sea level. It only took us 15 minutes to drive from our place which offered fantastic views going up the mountain.
Our reason for going to Erice was because of Maria Grammatico pasticceria where the famous pastry chef Maria still uses the traditions she learned in a nunnery convent to create the best Sicilian desserts and pastry baking. There we discovered le Genovesi, a pastry made from cookie-like dough, stuffed with a custard filling and covered with icing sugar on top.
Walking along the cobbled streets of this fairy tale town we also discovered some more tasty things. The first was a plate of mussels that were cooked in a tomato sauce and garlic. Most of all, I never even thought of putting mussels in a tomato sauce till I tried this dish. It was amazing!
The second dish was Busiate which is a special pasta dish to Sicily known for its swirly noodles and is topped with a pesto alla Trapanese sauce made from tomatoes, garlic, basil, almonds and pecorino cheese.
Top Beach in Sicily
After stuffing ourselves silly for two days, it was time for Jugo and me to hit the road again. We heard about a remote beach called Torre de Salsa so we headed there. It took us 2 hours to get there but it was well worth the drive. Watch out for the road though, it can get pretty bumping driving there!
Torre de Salsa is a beach with no beach bars in sight. Dunes rise above the beach and the sand stretches out for miles. Very few people were there and that was at the peak of summer which made it one of the top beaches in Sicily for us.
After an amazing beach day, we drove to our next Airbnb in Agrigento. We were booked for two nights and paid $264. This is one of our favourite places using Airbnb. It feels like you are in a beach house and it has a large balcony wrapping around the apartment that overlooks the city and the sea.
Because it was so beautiful on our balcony that we decided not to eat out and cook our own Italian meals with a candlelit dinner outside. We bought fresh fish from the local fish monger, fresh mozzarella at the local deli and locally produced tomatoes and basil at the market. Overall, everything tasted so fresh and full of flavour!
Final Thoughts on Italy as a Honeymoon Destination
Italy was definitely the best choice for us for honeymoon romance. While we went to a popular destination, we were still able to go off the beaten path by making it a road trip. Hope you get a chance to try it for yourself and see all that Italy has to offer!
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Still Want More?
Check out what happened after we finished our road trip and went to Rome in ‘Stranded in Europe – What to Do When Travel Plans Fail’ or for more tasty things in new places read ‘Top 22 Greek Dishes You Need To Taste!’