Honeymoon hotspots, Italy

Since Mr & Mrs Smith is all about romantic getaways for couples, we know a thing or two about honeymoon hotels with style and substance. Idyllic beach retreats that offer the tropical-fantasy honeymoon package, luxury safari lodges, Venetian palazzos, Californian wine estates – whatever your dream honeymoon destination, you'll find inspiration below.

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Maggiorana Garden Suite at Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany, Italy

Maggiorana Garden Suite at Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany, Italy

This restored 13th-century villa in the hearet of Tuscany is all flagstone floors, huge stone fireplaces and ornate chandeliers; beds are draped in tasselled silks and brocade, and light bounces from gilded baroque mirrors in marble-enhanced bathrooms. Every detail is exquisite;every piece of furniture murmurs classic luxury. All 15 rooms are pretty darn sexy, but we’re especially smitten with the Maggiorana Garden Suite and it’s ‘super super king-size’ four-poster bed, exposed beams, freestanding copper tub and prvate garden. It’s the perfect couples’ retreat.

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Room 4 at Palazzo Bontadosi, Umbria, Italy

Room 4 at Palazzo Bontadosi, Umbria, Italy

It takes one look at Cardinal Bontadosi’s former home in Montefalco to see that men of the cloth had a good time in mediaeval Italy. All domed ceilings and ancient art, this 15th-century palace has been restored to full Renaissance glory – stone staircases, iron chains in frames and mounted mediaeval artefacts – with a contemporary frisson, thanks to the modern art gallery attached. Junior Suite 4 is certainly a room with a view: gaze at the colonnaded square below from the window, admire the frescoed, chandeliered ceiling from the comfort of the huge bed, or spy on your roommate in the freestanding egg-shaped bath tub in the corner…

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Borgo Egnazia

Borgo Egnazia

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Experience a regal stay with four nights at Borgo Egnazia, a modern-day castle on Puglia's sunswept seashore. Here, you'll find a collection of sumptuous white-on-cream villas arranged like a traditional village, a knock-out spa, delectable Pugliese cuisine and a traditional cookery school. 

Worth getting out of bed for
– Explore nearby historic hilltop villages with Adriatic views 
– Shuttle down to one of the hotel's two affiliated beach clubs 
– Hit the links at the ocean-view San Domenico golf course

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Azienda Agricola Mandranova

Azienda Agricola Mandranova

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Unwind for four nights at Azienda Agricola Mandranova, spectacularly poised along on Sicily’s rugged southern coast. More than just a charming guesthouse with welcoming proprietors, the hotel offers cooking classes that feature produce plucked from the olive trees and vegetable patches that fill the gardens and sets you on a grand tour of the geniality and gourmet cuisine at the heart of Sicilian life.

Worth getting out of bed for
– Spice up your culinary skills with the hotel's cookery class 
– Hop on a 38-foot boat for a coastline and island cruise 
– Bicycle through the rugged mountainous landscape

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Palazzo Bontadosi

Palazzo Bontadosi

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Leave Tuscany in favour of Umbria and make your way to the picturesque town of Montefalco, a quintessential Italian countryside town, surrounded by vineyards and with a museum set in a former church. Spend three nights at Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa, the fresco-packed former residence of a 15th-century clergyman, that has, naturally, its own art gallery.

Worth getting out of bed for
– Explore the Museum of Montefalco, set in a former church
– Wine-taste at acclaimed local wineries, such as Arnaldo Caprai and Paolo Bea
– Visit the famously pretty town of Bevagna 

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Margutta 54

Margutta 54

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Wrap up your cinema paradiso trip with your very own Roman holiday. Spend four nights in your own stylish, almost-self-catering apartment just around the corner from the Spanish Steps at Margutta 54 – an address just down the street from Gregory Peck's character's tiny flat in Roman Holiday – and live like a local in the Eternal City.

Worth getting out of bed for
– Cruise around town on a Vespa
– Visit Illuminati sights like St Peter's Basilica and the Fontana dei Quatro Fiumi
– Tour the iconic Cinecittà film studios

 

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Affresco Suite at Il Salviatino, Florence, Italy

Affresco Suite at Il Salviatino, Florence, Italy

Seductive and unforgettable, set high in the hills above Florence, Il Salviatino has all the atmosphere you’d expect from a lavish 15th-century palazzo turned boutique hotel. None of its rooms disappoint, but the spectactular Affresco Suite is the kind of place you can imagine silver-screen villains and vixens padding around in silken robes, admiring the 19th-century Bruschi frescoes from the vast chesterfield, and luxuriating in the remarkable carved sarcophagus bath tub.

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Room 9 at Masseria Cervarolo, Puglia, Italy

Room 9 at Masseria Cervarolo, Puglia, Italy

Peek under the bed in Cervarolo’s Junior Suite 9 and you find a cisternina (literally ‘a grape-stomping place’); this 16th-century farmhouse once produced its own wine (and today, mixes some knockout liqueurs). The owners have gone to incredible lengths to incorporate the Puglian residence’s 400-year history (antique doors for headboards, traditionally Puglian trulli architecture and the ilk) with modern comforts (Malin + Goetz products; simply enormous swimming pool, modern cookery school) . Every bedroom is individual, thanks to all the original features of the architecture – the alcoves, fireplaces and vaulted ceilings are all unique.

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Florence's rooms with a view

Florence's rooms with a view

Head up to leafy Fiesole and look down across the entire town from Il Salviatino. Gaze across those iconic terracotta-tiled rooftops and the Duomo itself below while you dine at its La Terrazza restaurant (+39 055 904 1111). Or just appreciate the views over the Italian gardens and the green green hills of Fiesole from the bedrooms at this magnificent hotel.

Il Salviatino in Fiesole, up in the hills overlooking Florence.
Maison La Minervetta

Maison La Minervetta

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Relax on the Mediterranean for three nights at Maison La Minervatta, a chic hotel that's precariously perched on the cliffs of Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Each of the 12 nattily nautical rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and any of the three terraces make an ideal spot for sipping a Negroni and taking in the spectacular Bay of Naples vistas. 

Worth getting out of bed for
– Test your driving skills and cruise the coastal roads
– Set sail to to the islands of Capri or Ischia 
– Walk to the fishing village of Marina Grande

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