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When it comes to European hideaways, it doesn't get much more romantic than a villa tucked into the Tuscan countryside. Snuggle up with your other half amongst the vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany in these too-good-to-be-true honeymoon hotels that offer just the right amount of romance and relaxation.
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At the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi estate, you can spread out in a private villa while still enjoying all the perks of a five-star hotel. Perched amongst the Chianti hillsides between Florence, Pisa, and Siena, these Tuscan villas are all set up to be your honeymoon home-away-from-home, featuring everything from a private pool and patio, where you can take meals al fresco, to a bread oven for baking your own pizza. Those who may want a little help from a pro can take a couples' pizza making course led by the resort's award-winning pizza chef, Andrea Longo.
Photo: Courtesy of the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Nothing says seclusion like a resort sitting on 1,500 acres of Tuscan countryside in the Serchio Valley. Nestled between medieval towns in Barga, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort is a great launch point for exploring landmarks like Pisa, as well as the thermal spa and town of Bagni di Lucca. Get the true Tuscan experience when it comes to cuisine by joining a chef on a culinary tour of town followed by a cooking course where you'll whip up three gourmet courses that'll double as a romantic dinner.
Photo: Courtesy of Il Salviatino
Why stay in Florence when the best view is from above? The restored 15th century villa housing Il Salviatino is the perfect spot for couples looking for a Tuscan hideaway. With the resort's honeymoon package, you can even take a private cooking course for two in Firenze, learning how to whip up a feast of Florentine favorites that you can cook for the hubby once you get back home. Of course you can also spend your days in pure bliss relaxing poolside surrounded by lush green landscape, or pausing for massages at the adjacent spa.
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Part of the "Great Italian Gardens" network, Palazzo di Varignana Resort sits on 70 acres overlooking the hills of Varignana in Bologna. Mediterranean trees and rose bushes form maze-like paths around the grounds and infinity pool that sits under the hilltop Villa Amagioia — a prime spot to watch the sunset. One of the main attractions here is wellness, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to detox and de-stress post-wedding at the VarSana SPA.