Uniquely Italy - Where To Honeymoon In Style And Why Sicily Takes The Cake
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Italy has long been a hotspot amongst young honeymooners looking for a taste of La Dolce Vita. Whether it's the Amalfi Coast, a grand tour of Venice, Rome and Florence, or a romantic jaunt along the ritzy shores of Lake Coma. The allure of Italy will forever attract a young couple in love. But what about wanting something different than Positano or Venice? Wanting an experience unique and distinctly Italian yet still dripping in luxury and style fit for a once in a lifetime journey. An experience you can talk about for years to come. Here's why Sicily might be unmatched in the world of luxury, style, charm, and grace and is the place you should probably be heading to on your dream Italian honeymoon.
2 Weeks of Italian Island Paradise
Sicily. Italy's largest island is brimming with rustic southern charm and old world Italian romance and allure. No wonder it has been the filming location of so many classic movies such as L'Avventura and the Godfather. With endless beaches, cliffside towns, vineyards, and picturesque hotels, Sicily offers an ideal backdrop for a memorable honeymoon.
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We suggest first heading for one of the island's most beautiful towns, Taormina. This stunning cliffside town on Sicily's eastern coast, just north of Catania and Mt. Etna has mediterranean charm for days, and boasts some truly incredible hotels fit for a luxury honeymoon. Beaches and boat tours can be accessed from nearby Isola Bella and Naxos bay, and the surrounding region offers some amazing opportunities for day trips to the volcanic vineyards of Mt. Etna, some of southern Sicily's quaint baroque towns like Noto and Modica, and the beautiful, bustling Siracusa and Ortigia Island. A week in eastern Sicily with a luxury home base at one of Taormina's best hotels, with time to explore the region, makes for a perfect kickoff to your dream honeymoon.
Where to Stay in Taormina
Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel
San Domenico Palace, A Four Seasons Hotel (filming location of White Lotus Season 2)
Hotel Villa Belvedere
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From Island to Island
After Taormina, lets head to some of the regions more hidden, intimate islands. North of Sicily lies the Aeolian Islands; an idyllic cluster of volcanic paradise with quaint seaside towns, incredible views in all directions, and a top notch selection of breathtaking villas, short term rentals, and boutique hotels that offer privacy and intimacy. The Aeolian Island are located just an hours ferry ride from Milazzo on the northern coast of Sicily, but the environment feels like a whole new world.
Lipari, Alicudi, Salina, and Vulcano are all beautiful islands that offer their own unique character, and some of the most jaw dropping views in all of Italy. A stay in a private house or villa somewhere on the Aeolian Islands for 2-3 days is the perfect romantic backdrop for a honeymoon, far from the crowds and tourists on the mainland.
A Final Goodbye
To finish, lets head to Sicily's northern capital, Palermo, for a stay at one of the best hotels in all of Italy. Villa Igea by Rocco Forte, which CN Traveler has called "A historic hideaway on the Sicilian seaside reborn with all the glamour of its 1920s heyday," is an experience like no other.
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