A honeymoon in Tuscany has perfect settings for a couple in love: endless fields of sunflowers and poppies during summer, hilltop hamlets, medieval centres where the time seems to stand still. But where should you spend your honeymoon? Florence can be the base for your honeymoon or just the starting point of the trip with your sweetheart.
Florence is famous throughout the world for its architectural beauty and the extraordinary works of art in and outside its museums, but is primarily a city of unique charm and absolutely irresistible. Love is always in the air in Florence. Maybe because there’s no shortage of romantic things to do here.
Imagine spending unforgettable moments with your love strolling the streets of the historic centre of Florence, probably stopping to admire the splendid Piazza della Signoria, the stunning Ponte Vecchio, or seeing Botticelli’s Primavera from up close and Michelangelo’s David.
You can enjoy dreamy walks all around Florence, with romantic moments that aren’t hard to find along the way. Create your own memorable moments in the city with our list of the top 10 romantic things to do during your Florence honeymoon.
Visit the church of love: Santa Margherita dei Cerchi
A very special (if platonic) love affair, was the one between the Italian poet Dante Alighieri and Beatrice, the woman he fell in love with when he was a child. His passion for her inspired him to write the “Divine Comedy” and even if they never exchanged a kiss, his heart was hers forever. In the tiny church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi there’s a plaque dedicated to the memory of Beatrice, and many modern lovers bring a flower or make a wish.
What makes the Church of Dante and Beatrice a unique place is the story that it encloses. Right here or along the road that leads to the structure, in fact, Dante and Beatrice had the opportunity to meet, even for to only exchange a quick glance. Dante lived just twenty meters from the Church, while Beatrice went there because of it were buried members of her family.
Most likely, then, they knew right here, in the place that today is called “the Church of Dante and Beatrice”, the spectator of a sublimated love, wanted, wished, but never realized. And still today, on the tomb of Beatrice there are baskets full of paper of all colours and sizes, all with messages for the heroine of the Divine Comedy.
A curiosity: The small church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi was vividly described in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”, for the “Inferno” fans, this church is a mandatory stop.
Take a stroll in the Villa Bardini Garden
Walk around the Garden at Villa Bardini for a bit of old-world charm and some great views of the city. Located between the well-known tourist attractions Piazzale Michelangelo and Giardino di Boboli you’ll find the lesser-known Villa Bardini with its romantic garden, a jewel that has not yet been discovered by mass tourism.
The garden of Villa Bardini extends over 4 hectares on the Montecuccoli hill in the Oltrarno quarter on the south bank of the Arno. The terraced garden has an entrance near the river in Via dei Bardi, but the main entrance on top of the hill can be reached via a steep climb in Costa San Giorgio.
As you walk up, through ancient stairs and stone statues, flowery pergolas and green walkways, you see the city opening up in front of your eyes. A must for every romantic soul.
Soak in the view from Piazzale Michelangelo
The best panoramic place for your Florence Honeymoon is certainly Piazzale Michelangelo, the city’s most famous Belvedere, located on the top of a hill overlooking Florence.
From here you can enjoy stunning vistas over the town and admire the most important buildings of Florence, such as the Duomo, Palazzo della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio.
Sit on the stairs of Piazzale Michelangelo and you’ll see Florence spread out below you, embraced by the light and the surrounding hills.
The presence of musicians playing live songs on the staircase will make the atmosphere simply perfect.
A curiosity: Young Florentines pick this spot for their first kiss, so why not follow their example? Perfect for any time of day, but at sunset it’s just unbeatable!
Ponte vecchio for a romantic keepsake
If you are a new married couple and you are looking for a romantic place during your Florence honeymoon, you should visit Ponte Vecchio. This is one of Florence’s best-known landmarks and it is therefore very visited and swarmed. The famous Ponte Vecchio, or the ‘Old Bridge’ is more than just a perfect place to walk hand in hand with your lover – it’s also packed full of rich history, and no visit to Florence is complete without crossing it.
Wander the ancient structure with your significant other and admire the trickling waters of the Arno River below, and bask in the eerie and magical thought of the times of old.
There are also plenty of shops located on the bridge. According to Florence’ tourism website, stores including butchers, tanners and fishmongers arrived on the bridge in the 13th Century.
Now, stores on the bridge offer jewellery and other fine treasures – the perfect romantic keepsake.
Florence by night
The most romantic thing to do in Florence is to visit this place with your partner at night . Florence is undeniably one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but it could be argued that it’s even more beautiful after the sun dips over the horizon.
The historic centre is extremely walkable and its romantic streets, mostly narrow winding alleyways, will transport you back in time. By night the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza Santo Spirito are particularly spellbinding.
Dom’t miss: The Best Rooftop bar in town
Enjoy a cocktail on the Hotel Westin Excelsior’s roof terrace bar, the SE-STO. Dim lights, lounge ambience and a breathtaking view of Florence and the surrounding hills. For a relaxing aperitivo in a classy spot, there’s no better place. Location and service are outstanding, and the view is to die for.
Tour The Town On A Horse Carriage
An enchanting horse-drawn carriage ride through Florence’s evocative streets, gazing at the palaces and admiring the major landmarks, is the very best and most romantic way to discover the magic of the “cradle of the Renaissance”!
Florence is where a countless number of geniuses such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi and Donatello lived, thrived and created some of the world’s most important works of art. The tour by carriage is ideal for romantic moments full of excitement.
This is the perfect activity for engaged couples or newlyweds who want to enjoy the view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo or the view from the decks of the Arno at sunset of Florence by night.
From € 150 a couple (1 hour)
Romantic Florence private tour
If Florence is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, here is a sweet idea to help make it one of your most romantic tours ever.
Reserve the “Romantic Florence” in a private tour dedicated to the art of love in art and unveil the most romantic places in the city.
After an introductory walking tour, you will enjoy a love themed Tour of the Uffizi Museum with your local expert Guide and admire its masterpieces and Artists through the eyes of Love.
You will discover that Florence provided a backdrop for love affairs, deep passions and intrigues over the centuries. Giovanni de’ Medici and Caterina Sforza, Francesco I de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello, Enrico IV and Maria de’ Medici, are just some of the historic couples that you will meet at the Gallery.
The memorable and timeless myth of Cupid and Psyche, the romantic legend of Simonetta and Giuliano de’ Medici with Botticelli’s masterpiece “the Birth of Venus” will accompany you.
From € 150 per person
A Hot Air Balloon Ride
This is one of the most romantic things to do during your Florence honeymoon and one that will stay with you forever. Weather permitting, when you go on a hot air balloon ride over Florence, you will really see all that there is.
Florence is a huge city and an integral part of Italy. Seeing this amazing city from so far up will take your breath away and speed your heart. You will live a unique experience!
Going with a partner or significant other is very romantic and a great place for pictures. It can also be a good place for proposals, but we’ll leave it up to you!
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Florence River Cruise
A river cruise along the Arno river in a traditional Italian boat is one of the best romantic experiences.You will spend a wonderful hour admiring Florence from the water, watching all the ancient buildings and beautiful architecture pass as the day slips by.
On board of this traditional wooden boats, you will listen only the charm of tradition and the voice of your expert guide that you unveil the secrets of the Arno river as you cruise on its calm waters and discover its history and the beautiful Palaces framing its ancient banks.
You’ll pass in front of the Uffizi Gallery, the beautiful caretaker of many art historical treasures, pass under the unique Ponte Vecchio bridge and find out more about the mysterious Vasari Corridor.
You’ll also have the chance to discover the Santa Trinita Bridge – the most loved of Florentine bridges – and the amazing Palazzo Corsini.
After the relaxing river cruise, you will be offered an Italian-style refreshing “aperitivo” with a glass of cool Prosecco wine, to celebrate on board your romantic stay in Florence!
From € 50 per person (1 hour)
Take a day trip to Fiesole or Siena
Fiesole is a lovely small town on the hills overlooking Florence. Surrounded by green and villas, it’s a quiet and quaint spot. The main square has a few cafes and restaurants and from here you have more great views of Florence.
You will admire spectacular villas with colourful gardens, olive groves and pines to historical museums, churches, the remains of Roman baths, and a hilltop where Leonardo da Vinci experimented with his concept of flight. This picturesque hamlet, which is home to one of the best preserved theatres in Italy, is a lovely, quiet location perfect for ending a trip to Florence.
Make your way to Fiesole: a small town located in the hills 9km northeast of Florence. Although a small place, it hides many incredible secrets.
Siena is easily explored on foot, and a day will give the opportunity to have a walk around the city centre and admire the famous Piazza del Campo, which is one of the top sights in Tuscany.
It’s a very pleasant way to spend a day in this marvellous Gothic town. If you’re travelling in high season bear in mind that Siena gets quite crowded, so it’s best to leave early to make the most of your day.
Getting there: 1 hour and 20 minutes by SITA bus. The SITA bus station is in via Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, a few steps from Santa Maria Novella train station.
When to go in Florence
Before you pack your bags for your Florence honeymoon, keep in mind the high traffic seasons and weather conditions of this iconic destination. Generally speaking, the temperatures will be manageable and mild, but November through March could be chillier than you’d prefer.
The heat of summer—July and August—will be more humid and sticky, while May through October are just-about-perfect. Because it is such a popular pinpoint on the map for travellers of all ages and celebrations, book what you can early to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the charm.