Hey lovebirds! My name is Hallie, and I’m the Marketing Intern and Blogger over here at Uptown!
I just got back from the most magical trip around Italy, to destinations both well known and off the grid. I’m so excited to share with you all my five favorite, most romantic destinations that I visited while in Italy. Between relaxing accommodations, to-die-for food, and daily itineraries full of Italian charms, I’ve got you covered! Get ready to start planning your next romantic getaway!
Sorrento is one of the picturesque towns along Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast. What could be more romantic than watching the sun set over the water every night and taking moonlit strolls through quaint side streets?
Hotel del Mare was a super cute hotel located just steps off the water, with comfortable rooms and a full breakfast each morning.
Trattoria da Emilia and Ristorante O’Puledrone were my two favorite spots for fresh-caught seafood. Enjoy your food as you gaze over the water!
Relax on one of Sorrento’s beaches during the day and stroll through their streets full of adorable shops and delicious gelaterias at night. I recommend taking a day trip to nearby Capri, which is so beautiful it’ll make your heart do a somersault! Hotel del Mare offers a Capri package, which I took advantage of. You take a scenic boat ride over to the island, stopping to swim in the turquoise blue waters and take a look at the enchanting grottos. While you’re wandering around the island, take a stop at Buonocore Gelateria, a pastry shop and gelateria that won’t disappoint!
Bracciano and Anguillara are two beautiful lakeside towns about an hour’s drive north from Rome. Life passes a little slower here, which is perfect for a relaxing romantic getaway.
I stayed at Hotel Massimino in Anguillara, which offered beautiful rooms and complimentary breakfast.
La Caletta sul Lago is an Anguillara gem with stunning views of the lake and all the seafood pasta you can dream of! While strolling through Bracciano, I recommend searching out a place to grab a porchetta sandwich, an Italian specialty you can’t miss out on!
Castello Orsini-Odescalchi in Bracciano is one of the largest castles in Italy and has played host to some high profile weddings (like that of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes). That should give you an idea of how romantic this castle is! Dedicate an afternoon to lounging at Lake Bracciano. It boasts soft black sand, clear blue waters, and breathtaking views of the surrounding towns.
The third oldest town in the world, this southern Italian gem is known for their “sassi” or limestone caves. Not only is Matera a step back in time, but it’s full of endless wonder around every corner. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and 2019 Europe Culture Capital, there’s much more to Matera than meets the eye!
One of my favorite parts of the trip was the picturesque B&B La Corte Vetere, a renovated B&B carved into the distinctive Materan limestone. Between welcoming hosts, delicious breakfasts, and the most stunning views of the sassi, I never wanted to leave!
I Vizi degli Angeli Gelateria is a “laboratory of artisanal gelato,” and it does not disappoint with unique flavors and high quality gelato! I have never left a restaurant more stuffed and satisfied than I left Osteria La Pignata. A trendy restaurant full of unique appetizers, delicious entrees, and exquisite desserts, it was truly a treat!
For a look at the modern art scene of Matera, take a trip to the MUSMA, a gorgeous museum of contemporary sculpture. Take a guided tour or discover for yourself the sassi of Matera, including Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Discover beautiful cave churches, and wander through the more untouched part of Sasso Caveoso to discover what it was like to live in the caves years ago. I recommend hiking on the opposite side of the ravine from the sassi. Being able to discover Neolithic caves and watch the sun set behind the picturesque sassi was the most magical experience.
Castellabate and its surrounding towns (including Ogliastro Marina) give you all the beauty of Italy’s southern coast with all the romance of a small town feel. Let these medieval towns take you back in time a bit!
B&B Arena Vacanza was a super cute, super comfortable B&B located in Ogliastro Marina.
Dine on some of the most delicious, unique seafood dishes in Castellabate at Ristorante Cantina Belvedere before grabbing a cone at Il Gelatiere. Stay around Ogliastro Marina for a wonderful dinner at Albergo Ristorante da Carmine.
The enchanted streets of Castellabate boast the most gorgeous views of the coastline and are home to some of the cutest shops around. Discover this charming, quiet town’s beauty hand-in-hand with your sweetie! Take a tour of the breathtaking medieval castle, Castello dell’Abate. Relax at one of the beaches on the coast of Ogliastro Marina to soak up the sun and float in the sea!
Florence’s attractions may not be a big secret, but it was nevertheless one of my favorite destinations in Italy! Walking through the Florentine streets is like walking through a fairytale book, full of endless beauty and magic.
While I was in Florence, I chose to stay at an Airbnb, and I wasn’t disappointed. You get the unique experience of staying right next to locals in charming streets, just walking distance from the city’s main attractions. I recommend choosing a place with a good location, lots of pictures, and plenty of good reviews.
You can’t leave Florence without having a classic Florentine steak. Ristorante Toto didn’t disappoint, with mouthwatering steak, classic Chianti wine, and delicious sides. Take a stop into Migone Confetti, an adorable old fashioned candy shop with classic Italian and Florentine treats. For lunch, grab the most delicious panino (sandwich) of your life at All’Antico Vinaio. With over 19,000 positive reviews on TripAdvisor, you don’t have to take my word for it!
I recommend making reservations for (and dedicating a full day to) Florence’s two most famous museums, Uffizi and Accademia (home of Michelangelo’s David). Shop for Tuscan leather goods, go inside Il Duomo (and even make a reservation to hike to the top of the dome), and make the hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the best view of Florence. Spend an afternoon roaming through the romantically beautiful Boboli Gardens with your love. Don’t leave Tuscany before taking a wine tour into the infamous wine region to taste some exquisite Chianti Classico.
There’s perhaps no end to Italy’s romantic charms, but hopefully these five destinations will satisfy your wanderlust for now! Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, a honeymoon, a vow renewal, or a simple romantic getaway, let Uptown’s experienced travel advisors help you seamlessly plan every step of the way. Contact us today to get started!