Tuscany is one of the most romantic places in Europe, and is therefore high on the list of honeymooners or others looking to take a vacation with the one they love. Just wandering the small hill towns of this beautiful region is enough to put stars in your eyes, but for a truly unforgettable romantic vacation, check out some of these activities.
Tuscany abounds with luxurious spas located in modern hotels and renovated villas. Arrange a full spa day with facials, massages, body wraps, mud treatments or soaks in a thermal pool. The Fonteverde Hotel and Spa, set in the hills of Tuscany, is a luxury retreat that offers all the amenities of a hotel along with a full service spa. Between dining in the on-site restaurant, wine-tasting in the area and engaging in outdoor pursuits, you can book spa services a la carte or as a package with your stay.
There’s no shortage of cozy trattorias in Tuscany. Low lighting, delicious food and a little wine make any meal instantly romantic. Go above and beyond with a sunset dinner in a local vineyard. Stay at cozy La Limonaia Bed and Breakfast, just outside of Florence, and in addition to many other tours, they’ll set up a multi-course dinner with wine at local vineyard Fattoria le Sorgenti. Gazing into your lover’s eyes as the sun sets over Florence, dining on traditional specialties and sipping award-winning wine is sure to be the highlight of any romantic trip.
For the ultimate in seclusion and romance, snuggle up with your sweetie in a private villa. Wake each morning and retire each night with no other guests to disturb you. Villas don’t come cheap but they do offer total privacy and luxury. Many come with the services of a staff that will stock the kitchen, cook your meals, clean the villa daily, and accommodate any other requests you may have. Companies such as Euro Escapes can help you find the perfect romantic hideaway.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Hot-air balloon rides definitely fit the bill for romance – the excitement of lift-off, the beauty of the scenery below, and of course, gripping your loved one tightly as you float high in the sky. At Ballooning Tuscany, guests are taken for an early morning hour-long ride above the hills south of Siena, followed by a champagne breakfast upon return.
Many agritourismos and B&B’s provide bikes for guests to use. Coast around the gently sloping countryside, visit a winery or two, and then stop for a picnic lunch among the vineyards or olive groves. Companies like I Bike Tuscany also organize single day trips around the region, which can often be combined with winery visits.
Whether you are looking for great food and wine, outdoor activities, or just some quality alone-time with your loved one, Tuscany offers the perfect location for a romantic escape.