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Kinnari and Nayan got married in an arranged marriage setup. After their grand wedding festivities in Daman and Mumbai, they headed to Italy where they explored many facets of the charming country.

Kinnari and Nayan, Italy Photo Courtesy - Dev Purbiya

How We Met
“An arranged marriage meeting made a couple of things clear to Nayan and I – we were poles apart, but perfectly complemented each other. As things proceeded very gradually, before we knew it, we were falling for each other. Finally, with our parents’ blessings, we tied the knot.”

Kinnari and Nayan, Italy Photo Courtesy - Dev Purbiya

Honeymoon Planning
A Travel Duet really helped us zero down on places best suited for us. Nayan is an architect, and both of us are big foodies. Italy became our choice of honeymoon destination by default. We were also contemplating to visit Croatia, but then we decided to do just one country. Besides, Italy has so much more to see and enjoy, with its mix of ancient and contemporary architecture, rich culture and fantastic cuisine. Each place we went to, we felt we could have stayed longer and done much more. There are so many off beat, unexplored and non-touristy places in Italy that people often miss to see.”

Kinnari and Nayan, ItalyKinnari and Nayan, Italy Photos Courtesy - Dev Purbiya

Honeymoon Highlights
“We mostly stayed at boutique hotels, B&Bs or apartments that weren’t as expensive as the typical hotels. Staying in the city centre or near the town is usually a must unless you intend to just stay at the hotel, like we did at Tuscany's Castel Monastero Resort & Spa, which was our only indulgence and one of the best hotels we stayed at. We wanted to just enjoy and take some time off from our busy schedules and therefore chose to cover the picturesque towns of Milan, then Lake Como, Florence, Bologna/Modena, Positano (Amalfi Coast), Capri and Rome.”

Kinnari and Nayan, ItalyTuscany's Castel Monastero Resort & Spa

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Best Meal
“La Contrada by Gordon Ramsay - a gourmet restaurant in Castel Monastero, Tuscany, offered set menus with wine pairings, and this is where we had one of favorite meals during our honeymoon. The local fare and ingredients were converted into beautifully plated delicious dishes, which we relished as we dined facing the Castle's Piazza. Another remarkable meal from our trip would be at Zass at Hotel II San Pietro in Positano. Overlooking the coast, this almost 50-year-old hotel is carved into the cliff and beautifully maintained. We had some exquisite dishes there.”

Kinnari and Nayan, ItalyPhoto Courtesy - Dev Purbiya

Most Romantic Moment
“The Sunset Cruise at Positano, with the breeze, colorful houses all over the cliff, the sun setting over the horizon and sparkling wine made it the perfect romantic moment for us.”

Kinnari and Nayan, Italy

Must-Experience Activities
“If you are a wine lover, you must visit Tuscany, but make sure you have a car at your disposal or self-drive. You can visit a variety of wineries here. Brunello di Montalcino was our personal favourite. Visit Positano and Ravello if you want a stunning coastline and love beaches. Bellagio and Lake Como are ideal if you desire a quiet weekend in a bewitching setting.”

Kinnari and Nayan, Italy Photo Courtesy - Dev Purbiya

Can Avoid
“Milan. We only went because of Nayan’s architectural interest in the new Porto Nuevo Area. Also avoid big group tours.”

Best Hotel We Stayed At
Tuscany's Castel Monastero Resort & Spa.

Recommendations
Thanks to A Travel Duet, who knew what they were talking about and had actually explored Italy in the non-touristy way! They planned our honeymoon with the perfect mix of architecture, culture and some phenomenal recommendations to savor authentic Italian Food. We would like to specially thank Kanika, Aayushi and Shivangi for ensuring there were no hiccups and Pritish for the last minute surprise photoshoot. We would definitely recommend A Travel Duet to couples seeking a seamlessly planned honeymoon.

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