The Best Italy Honeymoon Itinerary for Foodie Couples 

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. 

The Best Italy Honeymoon Itinerary for Foodie Couples

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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. 

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*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 Italy Honeymoon Itinerary 

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! 

Tuscany Honeymoon


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! 

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The best Italy honeymoon destination at Castello di Fontertutoli

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. 

Castello di Fontertutoli hunting lodge

Castello di Fontertutoli honeymoon room

View from room at Castello di Fontertutoli


Wine Tour 

The vineyards at Castello di Fontertutoli

A 75-minute wine tour is offered at Castello di Fontertutolifor for 25 euros, where you can see their winemaking 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 favorite 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. Interestingly enough, in my home country Canada, many of the winemakers from Niagara will wait to harvest their grapes after the first frost between December-February to create another great wine called icewine. 

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A Day Trip to Siena

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. 

The best pasta in Tuscany


Sicily Italy Honeymoon Itinerary

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! 

Sicily Honeymoon

 

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.

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*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. 

 


Holy Cannoli! 

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. 

The cannoli, the best of the Sicilian desserts!


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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Accommodation in Valderice Sicily Italy

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. 

Breakfast in Valderice Sicily Italy


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.

Picturesque view of Sicily's coast

 

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. 

le Genovesi a tasty Sicilian dessert

 

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!

Italian dinner of mussels cooked in tomato broth

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.  

Busiate pasta a local Sicilian dinner


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!

Road to Torre de Salsa

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. 

Torre de Salsa one of the top beaches in Sicily


Agrigento

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.

Airbnb outdoor patio in Agrigento, Sicily

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! 

Homemade Italian dinner

Other fun things to do in Agrigento


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. If you are looking to continue the romance on a European adventure, also try a road trip on the Isle of Skye, in Scotland or explore the hidden gems of Athens, Greece. Hope you get a chance to try my Italy honeymoon itinerary 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!’




77 thoughts on “The Best Italy Honeymoon Itinerary for Foodie Couples 

    • Thanks for your comment Anya. The Genovesi was delicious and same goes for the wine! It definitely was an amazing honeymoon.

  • Even after all my travels, I think Tuscany is still my favorite place. But your photos have me really excited to make it to Sicily someday! Everything looks great.

    • Hi Danielle, Tuscany is definitely one of my favourite places to go with my husband because it’s so romantic. Sicily, on the other hand, has great beaches so could be a getaway for couples or families. Hope you get a chance to visit Sicily soon!

  • The food, the wine, the beautiful landscapes… It’s such a perfect combo. I haven’t explored enough of Italy. Your photos really make me want to go back.

    PS: In France, we cook mussels with many different kinds of sauces. If you like blue cheese and haven’t tried it with mussels yet, give it a go. My foreign friends always love it!

    • Hi Eloise, thanks for the great tip! I love blue cheese and mussels so will definitely give this combo a try 🙂

  • You sure had a great time! I only visited Rome and had some great food experience too. Sienna is really beautiful with those impressive medieval brick buildings. I never heard about cannoli, It looks tasty! It must be typical to the region I guess

    • Hi Ayanaori, Rome’s definitely a great spot for tasty wine and food. I believe cannolis are made throughout Italy, but Sicily makes it the best just like Naples is for pizza. It’s too bad you didn’t get to try when you were there but I guess that just means you need to plan another trip back soon!

    • It was tough putting together the post because it made me hungry as well! I’m glad you had a great time on your trip to Rome. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

    • Thank you Kanamuzeyi! Italy is definitely a perfect destination for couples and foodies. I hope you get a chance to see for yourself someday soon!

  • What an absolutely perfect way to have a honey moon. Italy is SO romantic, so classic, so fairy tale with its architecture, and streets and food! And Sicily uh <3 that Busiate dish, looks divine! Im so jealous

    • Hi Kimberly, thanks for your comment. It really felt like a fairytale honeymooning in Italy. You describe it so well in your comment! Hope you get a chance to visit there soon.

    • Hi Brianna, thanks for your comment. I really am a big fan of Airbnb since there’s a lot of options to find places with that classic ‘Italian feel’ to it and for a great price.

  • I’ve only ever been to Florence in Tuscany, so getting out to see the countryside as you did would be amazing. Sienna looks like a beautiful town. I’d like to try busiate, that must be tasty!

    • Hi Susan, Sienna really felt like a step back in time with all of its medieval buildings. The busiate was amazing! Definitely a dish I recommend trying next time you are in Italy 🙂

    • Hi Karolina, Italy is definitely a country I’d choose to go back to. Glad you had a great time on your own trip in Tuscany.

  • OMG! You got me there at the name of the article! Food, Road trip and Italy are the perfect combinations. I thought the pictures of the fish with lemonade was cooked in the restaurant, but wow, you made it. If you open a restaurant, please let me know <3

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I love cooking so being in Italy and wandering through the markets was a dream. If I ever open up a restaurant, you will be the first to know! 🙂

  • I’m glad to hear that you had a nice time on your honeymoon 🙂 This would be great for a nice relaxing retreat as well I’m sure. The view and landscape look amazing. Your cooking looks amazing, great that you went and tried the local food too.

    • Italy would definitely be perfect as a relaxing retreat! That’s what I like about Italy, it’s so diverse with rolling hills and mountains in one area, beautiful beaches in another, and amazing food everywhere, that it makes a perfect trip for any type of traveler!

  • Congratulations, and what a beautiful place to start a marriage! Tuscany is so special, and all of that food looks amazing. Such a romantic trip – I think my husband and I may have to start planning the same one for our next anniversary!

    • Thanks for your comment Lois! A trip to Italy sounds like a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary. If you do decide to go, let me know if you have any questions while planning. 🙂

    • Living in Italy for two years sounds amazing. I’m so jealous you got to eat all that amazing food on a daily basis! You should definitely go back for a return visit 😉

  • I love Italy, esp Tuscany and Siena and we are planning to take the kids next summer. Not sure we will make it to Sicily though. I hope to rent a car and do some driving. Also that meal you cooked in looks as good as the restaurant meals!

    • Thanks so much! If your kids love beaches, Sicily would be a great spot to include in your summer trip next year. Renting a car is definitely the way to go since you have a lot more flexibility to do things and don’t need a timeline.

  • We love Tuscany, and I bet yours was such a romantic honeymoon! Just like you, we prefer to rent a car and explore. Tuscany is perfect for that, with all the tiny towns and sights! I was plesantly surprised that you’ve been to Sicily, it’s my favorite region in Italy and I think the food is the best ever. Especially Arancini and cannoli, you’re right!

    • Hi Dany, thanks so much for reading! That’s great you’ve had a chance to visit Italy as well and that you love Tuscany and Sicily. It seemed like all the Italians were vacationing in Sicily and all the foreigners were in the rest of Italy while I was there so I’m sure the Italians know where the best spots are 😉

  • Gosh, doesn’t Castello di Fonterutoli look utterly gorgeous, both charming and historical but also comfortable and luxurious? Looks the perfect start to your Italian honeymoon! And you took in some of Italy’s best highlights by combining Tuscany and Sicily. For me, the combination of history, beautiful landscape, amazing food and wine, and friendly welcome are what make a holiday in italy so special.

    • Hi Kavita, thanks for your comment. Charming, historical, comfortable and luxurious are definitely four great words to describe Castello di Fonterutoli. I’d definitely recommend visiting! I totally agree with you on what makes a perfect holiday. Italy has so much of all those things, I feel like I just scratched the surface and need to go back and experience some more!

  • Wow! I really enjoyed this as we returned a few weeks ago from Tuscany and a lot of the foodie stuff resonates well with me! Loved your photos too. I would definitely put some of these places in my list for a return visit!

    • Hi Bejal, thanks for your comment. I hope you had an amazing trip to Tuscany as well. I can imagine it must have been perfect this time of year when it’s cooled down a bit, the fall colours are in and the grapes are being harvested!

  • This really sounds like the best one-week itinerary for a honeymoon. I’m Italian and I always brag about my city and my region (I come from Piemonte, up North), but I can understand it is not everybody’s first choice. I have a total soft spot for Tuscany, I don’t care it’s super touristy but it’s so beautiful (especially Siena! OMG I love Siena), and I think Sicily is the other great region to explore and discover, it’s so wild and has such incredible landscapes. So one week around the Tuscanian countryside and the Sicilian coast is just… perfect! Great great trip!

    • Hi Eva, thanks for your wonderful comments! I’m really glad that an Italian has enjoyed my post and agrees with the places I visited! I just googled Piemonte and the images look amazing. I think it would be quite magical to visit there in the winter with snow and a warm fire in a charming traditional Italian home. Would definitely love to visit someday!

  • I hate to say this but my Italian geography was so bad I had no idea where Tuscany was!! ? all corrected now and I hope to visit soon!

    • Hi Katie, I’m the same with geography and didn’t have a clue until I started planning the trip! That’s what’s great about travel though, you learn so many new things about different countries 🙂

  • Oh, Italy! I live in France and I think Italy is the only other country that compete with the food, wine, history, and culture of France. It’s just a magical place. On a side note, I always use Skyscanner for flights, but never for cars. I’ll give it a try next time.

    • Hi Leah, I’m pretty jealous that you live in France! Your country definitely is amazing in all the things you mentioned and I do think Italy excels in those as well. Have you been to Greece? It’s also another country that comes to mind when I think of great food, wine, history and culture.

      Glad you found my car rental tip useful and hope you can score a great deal!

  • We didn’t do Sicily, but part of our honeymoon was in the Chianti region of Tuscany, too. This post brought back such great memories of the rolling hillsides with the grape vines and olive groves. Renting a car is definitely the way to go. You can explore freely and discover so many off-the-beaten-path villages and restaurants. We still talk about a burrata and wine meal we had at a restaurant on a hidden dirt road while sitting at a picnic table as one of the best things we’ve ever eaten. Like you said, everything is so fresh! Thanks for bringing back great memories. Southern Italy and Sicily are up next on the Italian wishlist!

    • Hi Jackie, looks like you had an amazing trip to Tuscany as well! The moment you said a restaurant on a hidden dirt road, I knew it was going to be a good place. Hope you get a chance to explore southern Italy and Sicily on a return visit soon!

  • Oh my goodness the food is so amazing in Italy, right?! Those mussels in garlic look delicious!
    What a cute little courtyard at your stay in Sicily! So cute for your honeymoon 🙂

    • Hi Amanda, the food is absolutely amazing in Italy! My mind was blown when I had those mussels. Before, I only knew mussels in a creamy wine sauce or with garlic and butter so to have it the Italian way was awesome.

  • Wow, looks like you had a wonderful honeymoon. Congrats on the nuptials. I haven’t been to Italy yet, but the sights, tastes and stays on your trip are all reasons I want to visit. Thanks so much for all the handy information and rental tips! #WeekendWanderlust

    • Hi Lara, thanks for your comment! Italy is definitely an amazing place with lots to offer. Hope you get to go on a trip there soon 🙂

  • It was good that I was eating dinner while reading the post. There is so much pasta goodness in here! And, that cannoli is one of the biggest I have seen. Looks yummy! I think you chose excellent places for a honeymoon. Tuscany and Sicily are hard to beat. #WeekendWanderlust

    • Hi Ruth, I should put a warning to not read the post if you are hungry! The cannolis are large like that everywhere in Sicily! The pasta I couldn’t get enough of. They make it fresh everywhere which really makes a difference. Thanks for reading!

  • I couldn’t have found this post at a more appropriate time. Just last night my husband and I were reminiscing about our foodie exploits in Tuscany, and we can’t wait to go back. We loved Siena, and our stay at a Vineyard outside of it, but you’ve just revealed so many new destinations to us!

    • Hi Revati, sounds like you and your husband had an amazing trip as well in Tuscany. Hope you guys get a chance to go back and explore more of what Italy has to offer!

  • Looks like a beautiful place! That infinity pool and beautiful beach make for such a picturesque honeymoon! Sounds like a fun trip full of romantic and beautiful and experiences.

  • Italy is one perfect place for a foodie trip. Your experience in both Sicily and Tuscany seem to be wonderful. With both the B&B and food. When I trip the Tuscany region in Italy, which I intend to do soon, yours will be the foodie guide that I am going to follow.

    • Hi Neha, thanks so much for your comment. I definitely hope you get to go on a trip to Italy and see exactly what I’m talking about with all that great food! 🙂

  • We are really enamoured with Tuscany. The region is really so charming and romantic. To combine romance with food is a great idea, especially if you are in Italy, then the possibilities are limitless. The towns you covered are really places that have emerged from the pages of a fairy tale book.

    • Hi Sandy, thanks for your comment. I’m all about finding fairy tale places and Italy has a lot of them. Nothing beats cobbled streets and staying in those rustic traditional houses.

    • Thanks for your comment Elaine! There’s definitely something for everyone in Italy which I guess is why so many people go to visit. Also, doesn’t hurt that they make the best gelato!

  • Aww congrats on your wedding! Looks like you had an amazing honeymoon in Italy. I love it how you stayed in unique accomodation and tried lots of new food. What was your favourite dish of the whole trip?

    • Thanks for your comment. The honeymoon was the most trip! That’s what ‘s great about Airbnb, you can find some really cool, unique accommodations. My favourite dish from the whole trip… that’s so hard to choose one! I’ve got a really big sweet tooth so I’m going to go with the cannoli although the busiate and pizza is very high up there.

  • Totally agree that Italy is perfect for a foodie / romantic getaway – I LOVED my time! What an awesome place to have picked for your honeymoon – Lady and the Tramp scenes definitely come to my mind too! Sounds like you had an amazing time in Tuscany – and you can’t beat a wine tour. Cool note that you can actually see them harvesting the grapes in September.

    And Sicily! OMG WHAT a spot for a foodie tour – I’m now craving cannoli! Even though Italy is a very popular destination, it’s cool that you managed to get off the beaten path for some authentic culture, and a little bit more of a secluded honeymoon 🙂

    • Hi Meg, thanks for your comment! That’s great that you’ve had a chance to visit Italy and loved it as well! I definitely want to go back to Tuscany in September to see the actual harvesting. Would love to give the ol’ foot grape stomping a try!

      Sicily is a great food spot which caught me by surprise because I was only going there for the beaches! Those cannolis are out of this world and it’s too bad they don’t make them big like that anywhere else. Glad you enjoyed the article 🙂

  • In many cultures they say that love comes through the stomach and this trip proves it! There’s nothing more romantic than to explore vineyards, idyllic castles, and sampling good food with the one you love,!

    • Hi Jessica, I never heard that before but totally love it! Food definitely is a great way to have a romantic time or bring together family 🙂

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