Our Honeymoon Part 4: Amalfi Coast

Our last and final stop on our honeymoon was the Amalfi coast. We stayed in Praiano, which is a quieter town next to Positano. We spent four days and wished it would never end. There is so much to see and explore in this area and we can’t wait to go back.

We stayed at Casa Angelina, which was really luxurious and the perfect end to our trip. Everything is minimally designed and bright white, making it such a serene experience. The views of the coast from Casa Angelina are incredibly breathtaking. One of the reasons we stayed there is that they have their own beach club & access, which not every hotel has. The towns are built into the steep cliffs, so while they have a beach, it’s over 200 steps down from the main part of the hotel!

I also have to mention that Casa Angelina serves one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in my entire life. Literally anything you could possibly want, and it’s served at their top floor restaurant with insane views of the Mediterranean.

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On our first full day we took a city bus from outside our hotel to Fiordo di Furore. We hiked down the windy steps to a beautiful cove with crystal clear blue water. The color of the Mediterranean is so incredibly blue it almost doesn’t seem real!

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After our excursion we headed to Positano to have drinks at Le Sirenuse. The hotel is situated in Positano and is a truly stunning property. It’s definitely on our list to stay at for when we return! We had cocktails and apertivo on their patio and then wandered around to check out the rest of the property. I couldn’t get enough of every little detail; everything was so perfectly done.

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The next day we booked a boat to Capri and sailed along the Amalfi coast. It was so neat to see the coast from the sea and experience a different vantage point. We had a couple hours to ourselves on Capri so we booked lunch and chairs at La Fontelina Beach Club. After arriving on Capri, we took a small boat over to the beach club and had the best time. I truly cannot recommend it enough—it was one of our favorite meals and days. Still dreaming about my linguine con vongole!

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Our final day was spent entirely at Da Adolfo. We had been recommended this place by so many people and it may be one of our favorite places in the world! Booking it was a little tricky so we had our hotel arrange it for us. You hop on a small boat in the main port of Positano and are taken to a secluded beach area. It’s very rustic compared to La Fontelina, so be sure to bring your own towel and shoes you don’t mind getting wet!

The food at their restaurant is incredibly fresh and lunch is such a frenzied experience, but in the most amazing way. It’s truly hard to describe! Everyone is barefoot running around like crazy, the menu is written on a chalkboard and the white wine sangria (with peaches & nectarines!) is flowing.

Because it was our last day and we were having the best time, we stayed until the very last boat back to Positano. We did not want that day or our trip to end. Can’t wait to be back someday!

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Part 1: Rome & Road Trip to Tuscany
Part 2: Tuscany
Part 3: Florence

Feel free to comment or email me if you are planning a trip and have any questions!

Our Honeymoon Part 3: Florence

Part three of our honeymoon: Florence! We spent three days in Florence and stayed at Hotel Continentale. It was in a great central location that made exploring super easy. Similar to Rome, we had done the touristy stops on prior trips so we used our time to wander and explore. The hotel has a (small) rooftop bar with incredible views of Florence. Definitely recommend stopping to have a drink on the roof.

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One of my favorite parts of Florence was visiting the original Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy located on Via della Scala. The building itself is so beautiful with incredible details like these embroidered cutout curtains. (Sidenote: I fell in love with embroidered curtains while in Italy and photographed them all.)

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We especially loved the Santa Croce area and kept finding ourselves there. Highly recommend checking out Spigoli Terracotte on Via Sant'Egidio for terracotta and ceramic dinnerware. We absolutely loved our dinner at Cibreo—one of our favorites of the entire trip!

Sandwiches from All’Antico Vinaio are a must—you’ll wait in a long line but they are so worth it. Tip: There are two across the street from one another, both have the same things. We had dinner one night at Trattoria Sostanza and had their famous butter chicken—so delicious. We didn’t make it to La Giostra (pictured below) but it was high on our list of recommendations.

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Another favorite spot in Florence is Desinare / Riccardo Barthel Design. Hard to describe, but it’s part interior design showroom, part cooking school, part shop. We got stuck here for awhile during a torrential downpour and it was heaven to explore. I loved walking around and noticing all the little details that make Italian homes feel so special. We purchased a few pieces of Richard Ginori porcelain, one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Italy. They had a nice collection of vintage Richard Ginori pieces, and I (of course) fell in love with a striped set that is sadly no longer in production. Their pieces are so special and I can’t wait to display them in a future home.

Desinare / Riccardo Barthel is located in a great area for walking around—lots of antique shops and boutiques along Via Maggio and Piazza de Pitti.

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Here is part one of our honeymoon (Rome & our drive to Tuscany) and here is part two (Tuscany). Up next is our last and final stop—the Amalfi coast!

Our Honeymoon Part 2: Tuscany

Part two of our honeymoon: Tuscany! We spent three nights in Tuscany and stayed at Borgo Pignano. I discovered this hotel when my friend Janelle stayed there and it far surpassed our expectations. My favorite part of the hotel was the main pool, which is carved out of limestone. It overlooks the most picturesque views of the Tuscan landscape—we couldn’t get enough.

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Borgo Pignano has a main building and lots of little cottages and maisonettes to stay in. We ended up staying in Villa La Fonte, which is pictured above. The building itself was so sweet and for the majority of the time we had it to ourselves. If I were to do it again, I probably would have booked a room in the main building so we could be closer to the larger pool and have more privacy. I would recommend the Villa if you are traveling with a group of friends or family. It has it’s own little pool that they were just starting to fill with water when we stayed.

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On our first full day in Tuscany, we spent the early part of the day exploring the property and lounging by the pool. After lunch we headed out to go wine tasting at Antinori nel Chianti Classico. The winery is housed in a very modern building and structure that is quite innovative and different from others you’ll find in the region. It essentially disappears into the Tuscan landscape, with vines covering the roof of each level.

After our time at Antinori, we headed to the hilltop town of Panzano for dinner. If you are a meat-lover, you cannot miss dinner at Officina della Bistecca. It’s a truly unique dining experience shared around a communal table.

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The next day, we headed to San Gimignano to explore. It was definitely my favorite of the towns we visited as it is very charming and surrounded by views of rolling hills and vineyards. I loved popping in and out of the little shops filled with homewares made from olive wood and lots of table linens. We had a delicious lunch at Osteria Baccano—I had an amazing pizza with prosciutto and truffles.

After lunch we headed to another hilltop town: Ghizzano. It’s an extremely tiny town and we were there to do a wine tasting at Tenuta di Ghizzano. Our hotel set us up with a private tasting, which included a tour of the original estate. After climbing up numerous flights of stairs, we were led onto the roof, which had 360-degree views of all of Tuscany. It was truly breathtaking and we felt so grateful to experience such a special moment.

We made it back to Borgo Pignano in time to witness one of Tuscany’s golden sunsets. It literally looked like a painting!

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We spent our final day in Tuscany exploring the area on a Vespa! It was a really cool and different way to explore the towns and see the landscape. We scootered all over, stopping in Monteriggioni and Castellina in Chanti before heading back to San Gimignano.

After a long day of exploring, we spent the remainder of the day poolside soaking up our final hours of Tuscany before heading to Florence.

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See the first part of our honeymoon here and stay tuned for Florence!

Our Honeymoon Part 1: Rome + Road Trip to Tuscany

Now that the wedding posts are up, time to move onto the honeymoon!

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Right after our wedding, we went away for a few nights to Santa Barbara and postponed our actual honeymoon until May. This worked perfectly for us — planning a cross-country wedding was such a huge undertaking for us and we wanted to make sure we spent adequate time planning such a big trip.

For our honeymoon, we tossed around so many different places and ultimately decided to go to Italy and spend time in Rome, Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. We had both done the major cities / tourist thing back in college and wanted this trip to be all about relaxing and spending time together.

We took a redeye from New York to Rome and checked into our hotel, Palazzo Dama. After freshening up from our flight, we had a leisurely breakfast on their patio next to the pool. We didn’t have enough time in Rome to enjoy the pool, but it felt like such a luxury to be at a hotel with a pool in a major city!

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With only 24 hours in Rome, we decided to spend the majority of our time walking around and eating. We started by exploring the area around Villa Borghese, Villa Medici and the surrounding gardens. Our first gelato stop was at the famed Giolitti and it did not disappoint! After our gelato break, we made our way over to Armando Al Pantheon for lunch, which was incredible. I’m glad we were able to make it in before they closed for the hours between lunch and dinner.

After an afternoon nap, we headed over to the neighborhood of Trastevere and just wandered around, taking in all of the beautiful buildings and blooming jasmine. We were supposed to have dinner at Roscioli Salumeria (which I’ve heard is amazing), but after a mix-up with our reservation, they wouldn’t seat us. To say I was incredibly disappointed is an understatement and after a few tears, we ended up at a random restaurant.

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The next morning we picked up our rental car and headed off on a day long road trip to Tuscany. So many people told us to take the train and not drive, but because we knew we’d be training later from Florence > Naples, we wanted to do the drive. Plus we both love a good road trip. Conde Nast Traveler had coincidentally just published a piece all about driving from Florence to Rome, which we used to help plan our stops. As expected, we ended up LOVING the drive and it was one of our favorite days. It was so much fun to be able to stop anywhere we wanted and truly explore the countryside.

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Our first stop outside of Rome was in the town of Orvieto to see its famed black and white striped Duomo from the 14th century. It completely took our breath away and was so cool to explore. I joked that if I were a Duomo, I would be this one. We had lunch in town at Trattoria dell’ Orso, followed by some gelato of course.

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Continuing on our drive, we meandered through the towns of Chianciano and Montepulciano. As we were driving we saw an incredible villa up on a hill, which turned out to be a winery called Palazzo Massaini. We decided to stop and had our own private tasting—we were the only people on the property! They let us explore the grounds a bit and then we hopped back in the car.

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We ended up making it to Siena just before sunset and made the hike up to their famed Duomo. This was my first time in Siena and it completely lived up to the hype. We had dinner outside at Enoteca I Terzi and loved sitting under the stars once it got dark.

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Up next: our time in Tuscany at Borgo Pignano!