Italy has to be one of the most romantic countries in the world so in this guide we will round up all our best tips for taking a babymoon in Italy. It covers everything you need to know about visiting Italy when pregnant, from where to stay, best time to visit and tips such as what you can and can’t eat in Italy when pregnant.
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Tips for Taking a Babymoon in Italy
Speak to your doctor before you travel
Whenever and wherever you are traveling when pregnant you should always consult with your doctor first to get the ok and to get information and advice.
Best Time for an Italian Babymoon
Italy is one of the best babymoon destinations in Europe but when considering the best time to do an Italian Babymoon there are actually two timeframes you need to consider:
- the trimester you wish to travel and best time in pregnancy to travel for a babymoon
- the best time to visit Italy in terms of crowds and weather.
So firstly let us consider the best time to travel to Italy while pregnant.
The second trimester is often considered the golden month to travel to pregnant. That is because:
- during the first trimester you are more prone to morning sickness (unless you are like me and are unlucky enough to suffer throughout your pregnancy). If you are flying with morning sickness be sure to check out this guide.
- you tend to, though not guaranteed, have more energy during your second trimester
- you aren’t as big as you will be in your third trimester when you might be more uncomfortable traveling.
Personally I think the most important consideration for traveling when pregnant is the trimester but given the climate of Italy it is worth considering how the time of year can affect your trip.
Italy in summer is very hot. In particular the South and the cities can become stifling hot which may be uncomfortable when pregnant.
Therefore we recommend trying to visit Italy in the shoulder seasons of Spring or Fall. The climate is much more pleasant and will be easier to travel Italy when pregnant at this time especially if you plan to do a babymoon in Sicily, Puglia or the Southern regions or Italian islands.
However if summer is the only time you can do a babymoon in Italy we recommend looking at some of the more Northern regions and countryside. When we did our babymoon in Italy during the summer we headed to the Tuscan countryside which was absolutely stunning. However I would also consider the Italian Lakes such as Lake Como or Laggo Maggiore as great for babymoons in the summertime.
I will also say don’t discount doing an Italy babymoon in Winter. In particular Rome in Winter is one of my favorite places and if you visit Rome in December for instance you will be rewarded with fewer crowds.
Best Places for Babymoon in Italy
I don’t think anywhere in Italy are bad for a babymoon in Italy. However there are some places that are better than others based on the time of year you are traveling and what sort of activities you plan on doing
Sicily has to be our top tip for taking a babymoon in Italy. A Sicily babymoon has something on offer for every type of pregnant traveler from cultural attractions, amazing beaches and luxury hotels. Not to mention some of the best food and drink Italy has on offer.
For those that are fans of White Lotus, we recommend heading to Taormina where the second season was based. Taormina has an amazing amphitheatre from the Roman era, great restaurants and a beautiful beach which is of time of writing zika-free. You can also do some fabulous day trips from Taormina to Etna and Nota to name but two.
Also Sicily has some great luxury hotels that offer prenatal spa packages which makes Sicily the perfect relaxing Babymoon destination.
Rome, Florence and Cities
In my opinion Rome is never a bad idea however you may want to avoid the summer when the heat in the city can get stifling.
Rome and other cities make for great babymoons for those that want to sightsee and visit cultural attractions such as churches and museums.
When we did our babymoon in Italy we went to the Tuscan countryside which was perfection for us. Basing ourselves out of the countryside meant we could relax at our villa with a pool while also having easy access to the cities of Siena and Florence.
Italian Lakes Babymoon
The Italian Lakes are one of the most relaxing places I have ever visited. There is ample babymoon friendly accommodation and spas that offer prenatal massages and treatments while also being easy to travel around with a car.
The lakes are great for those that enjoy hiking, walks and beautiful scenery as well as great food and relaxation.
Amalfi Coast Babymoon
Of all the places in Italy, the Amalfi Coast has to be the most synonymous with romance. The Coast is full of charming towns and villages from Positano to Sorrento and beyond. These are great foodie destinations with world class hotels that have great spas with pregnancy treatments and on top of that there are beautiful beaches and cultural attractions.
However it is worth noting that some of the beaches are rocky over sandy and that some of these locales can be quite steep so some pregnant ladies may struggle if they aren’t particularly mobile.
What to Pack for an Italian Babymoon
Your packing list for a babymoon in Italy will obviously depend on whether you are heading to the beaches of Sicily or doing a city break in Rome. That is why we recommend looking at our site specific packing lists. However generally we always recommend taking the following on any babymoon no matter the destination:
- Medicines, Folic Acid and PreNatal Vitamins that you take – no one wants to have to dash to a pharmacy to stock up on essentials
- Medical Notes and Documents – no one wants to need these when traveling but it is always worth carrying them with you.
- bio oil / Coconut Butter – or any ointments or lotions you use on your tummy to try and prevent stretch marks
- sunscreen – you skin is more sensitive when pregnant so be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF factor.
- Anti-Chafe Balm – for your thighs in the heat
- Panty Liners for sweat
Now if you forget anything from the above list don’t panic, your best chance of finding the above items in Italy is at a pharmacy. These are usually easy to find especially in the cities.
We also recommend packing a reusable water bottle if you are visiting Italy at any time of year.
So now you know what you should pack, what should you wear to Italy pregnant?
At a minimum we recommend:
- Comfy shoes – for walking
- Maternity Swimwear – if your Italian accommodation has a pool or you are heading to a beach resort such as in Sicily or Puglia for instance
- Maternity dress – for cute pictures and also if you plan to eat out as Italians do tend to dress for dinner. If you do take some babymoon photographs check out our favorite babymoon instagram captions.
- compression socks – if you are flying into Italy.