Contributed by: Tia Meredith

Sitting at a café with a group of friends, she shows them a picture of their honeymoon in Italy. The photo shows two people on the Amalfi Coast, a slight breeze in their hair, sun-kissed from days on the shoreand smiles in their eyes. The sea behind them, glinting in the sun, her friends gasp in joy and envy.

A week ago she had returned from the 14 days she and her new husband spent in Italy traveling inVenice, Florence, Rome and then onto the Amalfi Coast through Travel2Italy. She begins as her friends pass the photograph by saying “it was a dream I didn’t think was possible” and takes a sip of her coffee. An eager audience now awaitsher dream reconstructed…

With their itinerary in hand, they start their honeymoon in Venice by arriving in a private transfer to the hotel of their choice: the Luna Baglioni. They spend the evening hand-in-hand through narrow streets, stopping at local cafés to sample foods, drink wine and watch other travelers pass. They end their day in San Marco square and along the Grand Canal taking in their first piece of Italy in photographs and conversations of what was to come.

Awaking the next day, they have adventure on their mindswhile discussing over breakfast what they will see on their private half day walking tour. Meeting their guide in the lobby, they embark on a day filled with “insider tips” on Venice. Along with the history and sights they take in such asthe Palazzo Ducale di Venezia (Doge’s Palace), their guide mentions local eateries for them to try later and the best place to sample red wine, their favorite guilty pleasure.

On the last day, their mission is the perfect picture of their honeymoon in Venice. They start early in the day at St Mark’s Square in the heart of the cityand then climb up St. Mark’s Campanile for a great view from above. Taking a moment to decide where to go next, they head to the Rialto Bridge, the most famous in the city. They take a break to eat at a restaurant recommended by their Leisure Travel Consultant. Eventually they travel back to the canal for a private gondola ride to end this part of their trip with a truly Venetian experience.

With fulfillment in their minds, day 4 begins with their driver meeting them for their private car transfer to Florence. In the car, they discuss recommendations on restaurants and talk with their driver on the best ways to get around in the city. Stepping out of the car, they leave their luggage at the Grand Hotel Villa Medici, which was selected after discussing its advantages with their Consultant. As one of the premier Florence luxury hotels it is at the center of Florence and therefore a great point for them to see the city by foot and find things off the beaten path. With the entire afternoon and evening ahead of them, they travel its streets with their first agreed upon stop, the Fountain of Neptune on the Piazza della Signoria.

Over breakfast they look through pictures from the prior afternoon and erupt in laughter of the snapshot in front of the Medici Riccardi Palace where she had tripped into a passerby. Their excitement builds as they greet their private tour guide for their Florence tour. For half the day, the city comes alive with a now verbal historical backdrop of its streets and they walk to the Duomo complex with Giotto’s bell tower. They stop and ask their guide to take a picture of them in front the giant bronze doors of the Baptistery.Excited by art, they head to the Uffizi Gallery where they get personally escorted through a premier collection of Italian Renaissance art and through the works of Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and da Vinci. Arms linked and smiling, they tip their guide for this special experience and head off for dinner in a recommended restaurant nearby.

In the bright sunlight, they kiss while walking to the Accademia Museum. They had dreamed of seeing Michelangelo’s “David” and today was their moment to see him in person. Afterward they hike to the Florence Cathedral Dome for an incredible view of the city. They take a break to eat gelato and watch other couples walk across their path. They smile at each other knowing this was exactly the honeymoon they wanted and take a picture of themselves in that moment.

It was time to say goodbye to Florence as Rome was the destination of day 7. In their private car they chat about all the beauty of the art they had seen and what to do first in the Eternal City. Arriving at the Westin Excelsior, they leap from the car heading to the Villa Bourghese estate and gardens. They pause at the entrance at the Piazza le Brasile and head to the Giardino del Lago and ask another couple to take a picture of them. Heading back, they explore the Via Veneto surrounding their hotel and re-enact a scene from Frederico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” They sit at an outdoor café and snap pictures of their first day in Rome.

Electricity is in the air as they head to the lobby to meet their private tour guide. A highlight of Rome for their honeymoon, they go on their private walking tour to the Piazza Venezia, the Piazza de Campidoglio by Michelangelo and then onto the Roman Forum. They stop as they approach the Coliseum taking turns photographing each other. Their evening is spent at another recommended restaurant where they sample local dishes and say a toast of thanks to their day in Rome.

On their final day in the city, they head to the Spanish Steps to see the twin-towered Church of Santa Trinità dei Monti. Heading down the steps, they spend time in the Piazza di Spagna and get distracted into the Via dei Condotti for shopping. Wandering past windows, they see designs not found at home until they meet the Via del Corso that is heavily paved with tourists. Though it is late in the day, they stop for an espresso and discuss their new understanding of why so many go to Rome for honeymoon.

As day 10 begins, they travel by private car to their Amalfi Coast honeymoon. They look forward to the relaxation of its beaches and seascape for their photographs. On the way there, they stop at Pompeii for a 2 hour tour of the ancient city. Though preserved, it is brought to life again as their private guide walks them through the ancient streets, forums and homes once occupied. After this unique experience, they chat over the great decision they made in choosing this trip from all the other Italy honeymoon packages. They check in at their luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast – The Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi – and relax by the pool the rest of the afternoon.

For the next three days, they alternate on water taxis to Sorrento and Positano. They spend a day at Spiaggia del Fornillo and take pictures of their feet up against the sea. Another day, they travel to Capri to relax on the beach and explore the main town of the same name. They lounge in decadence by the pool, sipping cocktails and reading books they had forgotten they had packed. Together they take in the luxury of their honeymoon and spend their final night eating an extravagant meal to celebrate the best honeymoon destination with a clink of their champagne glasses.

At the café, holding her favorite picture of the two of them on the Amalfi, she finishes her stories of Venice, Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Her friends, some unmarried, remarked they too want to spend time in Italy as their honeymoon destination. She smiled knowing she had traveled to the best honeymoon destination possible for her and her husband. Her memories, formed every day in unforgettable backdrops, recommended restaurants and unparalleled service was her honeymoon dream come true and now she had the photograph in her hand to prove it.

San Marco Square in Venice

Rialto Bridge in Venice

Hotel Luna Baglioni in Venice


Fountain of Neptun in Florence

Grand Hotel Villa Medici in Florence

The Duomo in Florence

Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome

Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome

Piazza Navona in Rome

Spanish Steps in Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Positano, Amalfi Coast

Endless Views of Capri Island

Amalfi by Night

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