Two-Week Italy and Greece Honeymoon Itinerary

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Gabrielle Palmer

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  • Italy

  • Greece

  • Honeymoons

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • History

  • Architecture

  • Foodie

  • Romantic

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Curator’s statement

Italy and Greece are truly magical and dream destinations for a sun-soaked romantic getaway that seamlessly blends the rich history of Italy with the Mediterranean charm of Greece. Immersing in the delectable cuisine of the Tuscany countryside, exploring the ancient ruins of Rome and Athens and basking in picturesque beaches along the Amalfi Coast and Crete makes it a perfect mix of relaxation and cultural immersion. This trip gives you a variety of experiences and is ideal for those seeking a fulfilling adventure in a short time frame of two weeks.

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Day 1: Arrive in Florence, Italy

Florence is a Renaissance gem renowned for its art, architecture, and cultural heritage.

Welcome to your honeymoon! Indulge in the romantic allure of Florence, nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, where every cobblestone street tells a tale of Renaissance elegance. Florence promises an enchanting blend of history, culture and passion for an unforgettable honeymoon experience that surprisingly ended up being our favorite city in Italy!

If your stay is in a central location in Florence, the city is entirely walkable and you don't need to worry about renting a car. However, renting a vehicle would be a good option if you find lodging outside of the city. You can easily drive through the Tuscany countryside and the city of Florence, just make sure to always be aware of the foreign traffic signs and lane-changing Vespas!

After a long journey, you don’t want to book up your time too quickly. Check into your hotel, venture out and explore the nearby area! Find a local restaurant and indulge in a fresh pizza or stop at a store or market and make your own charcuterie board.

Travel Tip:
Make sure to request a car with an automatic transmission (unless you prefer manual) because they are not the default and tend to run out in inventory during peak tourist season.

Day 2: Florence, Italy - “The Cradle of the Renaissance”

Florence, Italy - “The Cradle of the Renaissance”

What could be better than waking up in Italy? Put on your best walking shoes and start the day off right with a cappuccino and pastry from your hotel or the variety of cafes scattered throughout the city. Once energized the Italian way, it’s time to explore!

  • Immerse yourselves in the timeless artistry of Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia

  • Head to Florence’s UNESCO-listed historic center and view the exquisite Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or more commonly, the Duomo, which is the world’s third-largest church

  • Explore the Uffizi Gallery, home to art pieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci

  • Stroll hand in hand across the iconic Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge lined with charming shops, offering stunning views of the Arno River

  • Must Eat: Gelato - the best I’ve ever had was in Florence. My favorite was from this little gelateria called Caffe delle Carrozze

  • Hike up San Miniato al Monte to see the incredible Florence skyline - bring your camera!

  • Watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo

    Pro Tip: Ask for two or three flavors when you order gelato - you won't regret it.

Day 3: Day Trip to Modena, Italy

Modena, Italy is a historic city famed for its medieval charm.

Spend another day exploring the city of Florence or I recommend taking a day trip to Modena, Italy, a small city and college town known for its rich food. Book a walking food tour with five gourmet stops that include:

  • Breakfast with some gnocco fritto (a savory pastry) and cappuccino. My favorite way to eat it was by dipping the pastry in the cappuccino - I highly recommend it!

  • Stop at a local market and do tastings with different aged Parmigiano Reggiano, local fresh cheese and fresh fruit

  • Tigelle (tiny sandwiches) with Lambrusco wine

  • Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena tasting

  • Gelato for dessert

Another way to spend the day in Modena is to visit the cathedral and climb its 282 ft. bell tower, the Torre Ghirlandia, which offers the greatest view of the city. Or visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum and admire the cars on display and take a lap in your car at the Autodromo di Modena.

Travel Tip: Take the train in the morning from Florence to Modena (connection in Bologna).

Days 4-5: All Roads Lead to Rome

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City bursting at the seams with pasta, pizza, gelato, coffee and wine. Rome is all big city and ancient ruins, served with a side of carbonara. Take a train from Florence and be ready to immerse yourself in the City of Seven Hills.

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators at the awe-inspiring Colosseum and mark a world wonder off your bucket list

  • Experience the heart of ancient Rome with a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, once a hub of activity for the city.

  • Discover Vatican City, home of the Pope and headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Visit the Vatican Museums, step inside the Sistine Chapel, and take in the enormous beauty of St. Paul’s Basilica. Prepare for crowds but for good reason. This is an opportunity to visit the smallest country in the world.

  • Stroll the Spanish Steps

  • Throw a coin over your shoulder at the Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to Rome

  • Enter the Pantheon and learn about ancient Romans’ engineering skills and how they constructed a well-preserved temple that was first built in 27 BC

Grab dinner at sunset with incredible rooftop views at 47 Circus Roof Garden or enjoy some top-notch carbonara at Trattoria da Teo in the La Trastevere neighborhood.

Pro Tip: Stop at the Souvenir Shop in St. Paul’s Basilica at Vatican City to take home some holy water or even a key to the Vatican!

Day 6: Pit Stop in Pompeii

After exploring cities the past few days, you’re ready for some relaxation along the coast. On your way to paradise, make a pit stop to explore the ancient city of Pompeii where the well-preserved ruins vividly showcase a city frozen in the moment of a catastrophic volcanic eruption from over 2,000 years ago, providing an unparalleled and awe-inspiring glimpse into history for an unforgettable couples' adventure.

Travel Tip: Pompeii Museum has luggage storage at the entrance for a small fee, so you don’t need to worry about what to do with your bags while you’re sightseeing the ruins between hotel stays.

Days 7-8: Paradise in Positano, Italy

Indulge in the epitome of honeymoon romance amidst the enchanting cliffs and charming town of Positano, Italy - the heart of the Amalfi Coast.

At this point in the trip, you’ve earned a little R&R. Spend the next two days lounging in the sun sipping on a limoncello at one of the many beach clubs along the coast. If you want to avoid the crowds and receive VIP treatment, La Scogliera Beach Resort in Positano offers a spectacular view with careful attention to detail for an unforgettable experience. An affordable but ideal place for those who want to stay close to the center of Positano and enjoy a quieter area than the town center, Fornillo Beach Club is an excellent option.

Dine at a celebrity favorite, Chez Black for a romantic meal by the sea.

Pro-Tip: Booking a car service when arriving and departing the Amalfi Coast is highly recommended. The roads are winding and narrow along the edge of the cliffs.

Day 9: A Quick 24 Hours in Athens

A quick 24 hours in Athens which includes seeing the Acropolis, a historical landmark in Greece.

Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was one of the most important cities in the world, and today, Athens is a vibrant metropolis and a perfect jumping-off point for any adventure in Greece.

  • See the Parthenon, pay your respects to the patron goddess of the city (and her namesake sneakers) at the Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Asklepios, and more on a walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens

  • See the Propylaea, the Theatre of Dionysus, and many other structures you’ll need the local's help to pronounce.

  • The National Archaeological Museum, is considered one of the greatest museums in the world, with pieces ranging from Greek sculptures to Egyptian Antiquities

  • Must Eat: Souvlaki - marinated mear served in or with pita with fresh veggies and tzatziki. Our favorite spot to eat was Ydria Greek Bistro, great views and is close to the Acropolis.

Travel Tip: Take an early flight from Naples to Athens to be able to get the most out of the short amount of time you have in Greece’s capital.

Days 10-12: Captivating Crete

Crete is captivating with its rich history, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture.

We’ve made it to the final stretch of the trip. Located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, Crete, in Greece, is the biggest of all Greek islands. Its beauty, though, is even bigger than its size! Enjoy the scenery and incredible hospitality at Acros Suites, a Wellness Resort. Immerse yourself in a world of coastal bliss and elevated living where luxury meets tranquility.

Relax in the sun, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, and take in the final days of a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. Not quite ready to stop exploring? Crete is an excellent destination for hiking, beaches, shopping, museums and archaeological sites.

Pro Tip: Splurge and book the room with the private pool, it's worth it!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Caroline Bernthal’s guide, Italy Honeymoon Itinerary: Tuscany Region.

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