The first stop on our honeymoon, Amalfi had all of the charm it had promised: windy roads of pastel painted houses, fresh seafood being caught right before our eyes, and the best gelato. Our hotel was perfectly situated on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean just outside of town, with a tiny little elevator to transport you to sea level.
Spending a day on the water was one of the most fun ways we explored together. We stopped in the outskirt towns where there were no tourists in sight, jumped off cliffs and swam into caves, and even saw an octopus when we were snorkling around, it was the best.
We spent a day in Positano during our stay in Amalfi. We climbed the streets, snuck into hotels, and dodged the rain storms. To escape the rain we ran into a tiny restaurant and had one of our favorite meals of the whole trip: fresh clams in an amazing white sauce.
Onto the next magical place, Capri, just in time for our one week anniversary. We made friends in Amalfi who recommended a boat tour with a guy named Tonino. He was such a sweet guy, but the best part was the lunch he made us on his boat– fresh tomatoes and basil from his garden with some mozzarella he picked up from a friend in the morning, prosciutto, and ham sandwiches, and homemade wine.
If it weren't for the location of our hotel, I think it might have been impossible to see Rome in less than 24 hours. While usually I'd be bummed about more rain on our honeymoon, the light before the storm came the night we were there was indescribable. It was like the city was glowing.
We were overwhelmed by the charm that Tuscany had to offer. Hills covered in grapevines lined with cyprus trees. At times it almost didn't feel real! Montepulciano had us continuing to question that reality (especially after a few glasses of wine). We visited one of the most favorited vineyards in all of Tuscany by the locals, Boscarelli. As a result, we now have a dozen bottles of wine in our kitchen because it was that good.
I haven't stopped thinking about Monteverdi. Every day I catch myself day dreaming about the people we met there, the linens, the beautiful stone, the food, the lighting in our room, our massage and outdoor bath, or the breathtaking views. Monteverdi was so precious to us. This sweet hotel is nestled in a hilltop town of 12 residents (yes, 12) overlooking Val d'Orcia with perfect access to all of the most coveted wine regions.
The afternoon drive to Pienza was something we'll never forget. There was an this unbelievable light shining on the rolling hills as the sun was shining and rain was pouring. We were constantly tempted to pull over on the side of the road because the views were just so picturesque. And as if the view itself wasn't beautiful enough, we turned a corner to find the most vibrant double complete rainbow glowing over the vineyards. I've never seen anything like it!
Our last Italian playground was Venice. We had a hard time snapping out of our Tuscan relaxation ways, but we managed to muster up a bit of energy and went out to explore. It's impossible not to get lost there. We took the wrong ferry lots of times, and followed Google into dead end streets, but we'd end up finding yummy pizza or pastries instead of what we were actually looking for, so it was a win!