Traverse the rolling hills of Tuscany from Florence by car or bike and admire vineyards and olive groves along the way. Take a break at Tuscan wineries to sample first-class wines, cheeses, olive oil, and other delicacies. Visit hillside towns like Pienza, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, and Montalcino, featuring medieval and Renaissance architecture. For a similar experience and fewer travelers, visit neighboring Umbria.
Located between Naples and Salerno, the Amalfi Coast features crystalline water and high cliffs that abound with hiking paths winding through citrus groves and vineyards. Go to the 8th-century Arechi Castle for panoramic views of the sea and Salerno. For one of the most romantic hikes during your honeymoon in Italy, take the clifftop Trail of the Gods that leads through quaint villages, coastal towns, and wooded areas.
Italy has many outstanding exhibition venues that are among the finest in the world. In Rome, visit the Vatican to see the rooms decorated by Raphael, the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, and Saint Peter's Square designed by Bernini. In Florence, see Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery, and masterpieces by da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Botticelli at the Gallery Uffizi. In Venice, admire works of art by Tintoretto, Tizian, Donatello, and other fruitful artists, which decorate opulent churches.