Land Of The Renaissance
Tuscany is a combination destination that offers a journey through beauty and history. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany provides insight to the nation’s past at every turn. From geothermal hot springs, truffle fields, endless vineyards, and olive groves embody the roots of Tuscan culture. Embracing the essence of its fertile land, a beloved food scene united by a trio of promises (local, seasonal, and sustainable) makes this region of central Italy a beauty to behold, but also a pleasure to smell, touch, and taste.
As the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is home to gorgeous architecture, beautiful art, and some of the best food in the world. This all-time favorite city is a romantic gem just waiting to be explored. As the capital of Tuscany, the Cradle of the Renaissance, and one of our favorite cities in the world, Florence is our unabashed first choice for a base when looking for where to stay during your honeymoon in Tuscany, and you should definitely spend at least part of your trip here. In addition to charms like the Ponte Vecchio, the Piazzale Michelangelo, the delicious restaurants, The Uffizi Gallery, and more, Florence is also home to dozens of excellent tour companies, making it a great base for exploring the Tuscan countryside. Get up close and personal with the vineyards: a horseback ride through Tuscany’s vineyards provides the perfect romantic backdrop for any couple on their honeymoon. Most rides will also include other perks, like a wine tasting, a lunch, or a visit to a beautiful Tuscan town (if you’re starting from Florence, San Gimignano is a popular choice).
If you’re a fan of amazing views and if you’re interested in medieval history Siena has a high concentration of beautiful viewpoints and an excellent place to base yourself if you want to try a second spot in Tuscany but don’t want to leave city life behind after Florence. Siena is definitely an asset to any Tuscany honeymoon itinerary as a base to explore parts of the Tuscan countryside.
Val d’Orcia is the postcard version of Tuscany brought to life. Hill towns like San Gimignano, Cortona, and Volterra are sure to capture your heart. Smaller cities such as Lucca and Arezzo make for perfect day trips while providing authentic insight into aging societies. Livorno combines the best of a Tuscan city with the allure of a Mediterranean destination. Its water sports, salt-scented air, and glowing sunsets are even home to Europe’s very first official bathing establishments.
Tuscany is idyllic in late spring and early autumn, when the weather just seems to work in harmony with the land. Summer is high season throughout most of Italy and Tuscany follows suit, with an influx of visitors throughout July and August. If wine is of top focus, definitely aim to visit between September and October, when dew covered valleys begin harvest festivals. Consider visiting in winter (outside of the Christmas holiday) for the lowest annual rates and fewest crowds.