Choosing a honeymoon can sometimes be difficult. You may have a bucket list of places you want to travel to but don’t know which one to choose for your romantic honeymoon. Or you may not have any place in mind and are just looking around for some inspiration. If either of these sound like you then I’m putting a new series together of Honeymoon ideas to help you out. The first in this series is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been to, Lake Garda in Italy.
I’ve been to Lake Garda a couple of times and it’s one the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. It’s a nice relaxed area but there’s plenty to do if you’re not one for laying by the pool all day. There’s plenty of walks to go whether it’s up a mountain or round the towns.
We stayed in the town of Garda at the Hotel Regina Adelaide and we loved it so much there that we stayed in the exact same place and hotel the second time we went. The town of Garda is beautiful to walk round especially at night when it’s all lit up, there’s people enjoying a nice glass of wine by the lake, the shops are still open for you to peruse and there’s musicians playing outside the restaurants.
A stroll along the lake one way will take you to the next town over, Bardolino. Bardolino is another lovely little town where you jump into the lake to cool off or hire a boat to go sailing.We enjoyed a few nice walks to this town to have a look round the shops and have a nice lunch.
If you want to explore other towns round the lake you can always hop on a boat that will take you to different areas. From memory when we were there it was fairly cheap for a day ticket, however that was about 3 or 4 years ago now. That being said you can also get around the lake via bus which is really handy and again relatively cheap (from memory).
I’d highly recommend getting the bus to Malcesine (if you’re not staying there) and taking a cable car to the Monte Baldo. The views from the cable car alone are wonderful but when you get to the top of the mountain it’s spectacular. It’s a nice day out to go exploring and get some fresh air. If you go in the summer you’ll be able to watch people paraglide off the mountain or if you like the adrenaline rush you can have a go too.
There are so many incredible places in Italy that it’s not surprising if you have more than one place in Italy on your bucket list. Luckily, if you go to Lake Garda you can tick some of those places off your list.
You can easily get a bus to Verona which I’d highly recommend, it’s a lovely city. There’s so much to see and take in in Verona that the day will fly by. You’ll have to make a trip to Juliet’s balcony, it’s a must even if you’re not a big fan of Shakespeare, it’s worth going to see all the love notes and locks left on the gate.
Likewise, you can also get a bus to Venice. You can do this kind of like a day trip (but without the tours) but you need to be back at the bus by a certain time. Wander round the streets of Venice and get lost in it’s beauty or hop on a gondola for a relaxing and romantic tour of the city (the gondoliers often sing as well which sounds incredible).
Top Tip – If you are getting the bus to Venice it drops you off outside and you can either get a boat or a train into the city. Go on the boat instead, it will bring you to the centre of the city whereas the train takes you to outskirts and it’s quite a walk to get to all the touristy bits.
Top Tip – there are a lot of churches and museums in old churches in Venice, if you want to visit them you’ll have to consider your clothing. You’ll have to cover your shoulders and skirts/dresses/shorts should reach your knees. This is the same with a lot of places in Italy.
I mentioned earlier the hotel that I stayed in when I went to Garda, the Regina Adelaide. This hotel is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It’s a small boutique style hotel with beautiful rooms and it’s the only hotel in central Garda to have an outdoor swimming pool. Its the perfect location for walks around the down and down by the lake and there’s a bus station pretty much on the doorstep.
The restaurant serves the best food I have ever tasted and the menu changes every night so you can experiment and try new things. Better yet is the dessert table buffet it offers. I got a little bit excited y it, especially when they had tiramisu out. If you’re a wine lover they even have their own sommelier which is also really helpful if you’re not too sure on wine. The staff there are unbelievably friendly and I can’t rate them high enough.
The Regina Adelaide offers up relaxation with a spa, sauna, whirlpool and beauty treatments for your to pamper yourself with.
They will also surprise you for special occasions (just what you want on your honeymoon); we got a bottle of champagne for my parents wedding anniversary that they were celebrating while there and the following year for my dad’s birthday they brought out a dessert just for him(it also happened to be his favourite one that he had nearly every night so he was very happy with it). So make sure to let them know that you are celebrating and I’m sure you’ll receive a nice gift from them during your stay.
Let me know in the comments if you’re heading to Lake Garda, Verona or Venice on your honeymoon.