5 Romantic Getaways: Unexpected Italian Destinations

Plan a romantic getaway at a luxury hotel in Puglia - this view of the sea is taken from the Sea La Peschiera restaurant, a perfect table for two and a view

 

Places like the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Cinque Terre, or Venice may be the first destinations that come to mind when you think of a romantic getaway, anniversary trip, or honeymoon in Italy. Those are all beautiful destinations, but we’re letting you in on our insider tips for some less-traveled Italian locations that will make your trip extra special and personalized.

 

Puglia

We’re starting with one of the biggest hidden gems in Italy. Puglia has historically been popular as a vacation destination for Europeans in the know. In the last ten years, Puglia has expanded its luxury hotel offerings, many of which feature beautiful spas. It’s also a center for olive production, cheese, and wine.

For a luxury experience, we’d recommend Borgo Egnazia, or choose a smaller quiet property like La Peschiera or Don Ferrante. Olive oil taste, learn to make orecchiette pasta, eat fresh fish caught that morning, and more. Spend the day on one of the few white sand beaches in Italy, and then head inland to find some of the best cheese and burrata. This is an unexpected foodie paradise with gorgeous beaches on the side.

 

Eat Pasta and clams in Puglia on your romantic getaway
On your romantic getaway, you'll want to lounge in the sun with a sea view, this is the perfect quiet luxury hotel in Puglia on the Sea La Peschiera - with white washed loungers on the room
Be sure to make a reservation for a romantic dinner on your romantic getaway or honeymoon in italy like at this restaurant at Borgo Egnazia in Puglia Italy with local decor and fine linen throws
Explore Ancient Olive trees in Puglia, this is one of the most undiscovered romantic destinations in italy for your romantic getaway - try olive oil or take a cheese tour
Borgo Egnazia in Puglia is the full luxury hotel for your romantic getaway to Italy with a view of the sea from the top of your villa

 

 

Umbria

If you love good food, wine, and outdoor adventures, Umbria is the place for you. Featuring a spectacular alpine national park, you can white water raft, glide, horseback ride, admire fields of wildflowers, or go truffle hunting and take a cooking class all in one vacation.

You’ll find some of the best pork and lentils in the world in this region, along with world-class wineries like Scacciadiavoli and Paolo Bea. Don’t miss the meticulously restored hilltop town of Solomeo, the capital of Brunello Cucinelli’s cashmere empire.

 

Pork in Bianconi and head of the cabrinari Shops of Norcia Umbria Italy countryside, The Taste SF
Go wine tasting in Umbria Italy at local wineries
The Taste SF visits the church in Brunello Cucinelli's town of Solomeo
Wandering the streets of this restored Umbrian town of Brunello Cucinelli Solomeo, The Taste SF

Go wine tasting in Umbria Italy at scacciadiavoli winery with gogous views of rolling vineyards

 

 

Barolo

Are you a wine lover? If so, Piedmont should be at the top of your list of Italian regions to visit. This charming region will over-deliver with unique small wineries, restaurants serving delicious handmade pasta covered in butter and truffles, and stunning views of rolling vineyards set against the snow-capped Alps in the distance. Be sure to schedule appointments at our favorite producers like Bartolo MascarelloCascina Fontana, Brezza, and Giacomo Conterno far in advance.

Base your trip in the charming village of Barolo and make sure to check out it’s neighboring Barbaresco region for more elegant and feminine wines. Don’t miss the Prodottori dei Barbaresco. Piedmont is one of our absolute favorite regions of Italy.

 

Do you love Barolo wine? Winemaker Mario Fontana gives us a barrel tasting of his traditional and natural wine in Barolo Piedmont Italy
Visit the Castle in Serra Lunga Barolo Italy
Piedmont has rolling hills covered with vineyards, hilltop castle towns, and the alps in the background
Winemaker Elio Sandri in Barolo gives us a tour of his small production natural wine winery
Topping past with truffles at Restaurant Tra Arte E Querce in Monchiero owned by an award winning truffle hunter

 

 

Torino

Torino is one of the most underrated cities in Italy. With stunning views of the Alps, lots of amazing restaurants and glamorous cocktail bars, and some of the best chocolate in the world. There’s much to love about this city. Not to mention the shopping, which rivals Milan. This is where you can go to find both! If you don’t want to drive, you can take a high-speed train from Milan and be there in an hour. TIP: Be sure to order a negroni at Cafe Torino.

 

Visit the historical cafe torino a must classical bar in torino on a cocktail driven romantic getaway with vermouth, coffeeo, and negroni
Order a negroni in cafe torino or try the sweets
Visit the Baratti & Milano, Piazza Castello for a classic Torino Bar who's known for their chocolate and sweets

 

Sicily

Glorious beaches, the warm sun, wine from Mt. Etna, and some of the freshest seafood on the planet. How much more romantic can you get? Sicily offers sumptuous foods, delicate wines, and experiences of a lifetime. A sunset cruise on a sailboat is not to be missed. You can also rent a stunning villa, head to the historic Catania fish market, and have a delicious dinner poolside. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike Mt. Etna in the summer or ski it in the winter.

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Find wine bars and wineries near Casttiglioni di Sicilia on Mt Etna in Sicily on your romantic getaway to Sicily
Where to stay on your romantic getaway when you travel to Sicily near Catania or Taromina
On your romantic getaway to Italy, have Sicilian breakfast of pastries and arancini
Sit along the water in Sicily at the beach of Isola Bella
Fish and pasta and more at the best restaurants in italy, at DonnaCarmela restaurant in Sicily

 

 

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