Post # 1
So my future hubby and I have been dying to go to EUROPE. We wanted to go last summer but we didn’t have enough $$$. His parents are paying for our trip.
We’ve never been to Europe.. any suggestions?
I want to go to Italy for sure and Spain and France. I do need help because its my honeymoon not just a “trip” and want to it be romantic.
Any ideas? Places youve been? Experiences? Please let me know. Nothing is booked as of yet but he wants to get the ball rolling.
Also it will be for 2 weeks.
Post # 3
I would probably concentrate on just one or two countries if you’re going for 2 weeks; I think 3 will be a bit much to try to do in that time. I personally would probably do something like this:
3 or 4 nights in Paris
3 or 4 nights in an Italian city (probably either Venice or Rome)
7 nights either in Tuscany (beautiful countryside with some small, romantic hotels) or Sorrento/the Amalfi coast, or Lake Garda
IMO Paris ideally warrants 4 nights, as there’s so much to see and do there, and it’s a beautiful place. That said, if you can only go for say 2 nights, you can still see quite a bit, and I’ll happily give you an intinerary that takes in all the major sights if you like.
There are nice places in Spain, you just have to be careful; and IMPO Italy offers more in terms of culture, secenery etc. (I’ve not been but my parents have been a few times and it looks beautiful; everyone I know who’s been has raved about it)
Post # 4
Florance/Tuscany are worth several days, Rome, Amafi, Sorento are also amazing. Venice personally was a big dirty city tourist trap and unreal expensive. Also, a pretty long and boring drive from anywhere else. Tuscany is everything you think of when you think “Italy”and we were there in the winter! Florance is a very artsy city, I loved it. It has a vibe like Austin or Seattle, while you know it is a big city, there is not that overwhelming hugeness to it and there is art and.history everywhere. Rome is amazing for all the history but if you want to not wait in a huge line at places like the Vatican or ancient Rome sites, book ahead a tour. Oh, same goes for the museums in Florance. Also, Capri is like a little tropical paradise on the Bay of Naples. Lots of high end shopping but there is also just beautiful scenery. On the back side of the town there is a place called Caesar’s Garden or something, up on the cliff overlooking the Med, and you can see the ancient rock lighthouses. We loved Italy on our HM!
Post # 5
My husband and I went to Greece and Italy for our honeymoon. In Italy, we started in Florence for 3 nights, then Montepulciano for 5 nights (about 2 hours south of Florence, in Tuscany), then Sorrento for 3 nights, Capri for 2 nights, and Rome for our last night before our flight home. We went to sooo many (too many?) places, but we really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend staying in a Tuscan hill town for an amazing experience. We rented a car and visited several other Tuscan towns and also ventured into Umbria. The views were unbelievable and the food…YUM! On a previous trip we went to Venice for 3 nights and Vernazza (Cinque Terre) for 3 nights and absolutely loved both. I know that Vernazza just experienced a flood last October, but they are working hard to build the city back up.
What are you looking for? We thought that Venice was very romantic, and didn’t find it dirty, but there are tons of tourists. If you go there, be sure to stay on the actual island (not the mainland) so you can explore early in the morning and late at night when there are far less tourists. Capri was a perfect place for us to relax after a lot of traveling, but I will say that it didn’t seem very “Italian” to me. It was more like a resort, which was nice, but if you’re looking for typical Italian culture, I don’t think Capri is the place (we did really enjoy our two nights there, though!). Florence and Rome both have so much to do – if you really want to stay busy and see the famous sights in Italy, these are great choices. I mentioned Vernazza above and would highly recommend it. We are hoping to go back sometime soon. It’s a small fishing village with amazing food (it’s where pesto was first created!) and very nice people. There are not museums/churches to tour and visit, but it’s great to just walk around, hike between the five villages, and relax on the beach in Monterosso and harbors in Vernazza and Manarola. Can you tell I want to go back to Italy?!
Post # 6
My fiance and I are dying to go to Europe too! I’ve only been to Ireland and he has never been. We wanted to see as many places in 1 trip as possible (since who knows when we’ll get back there?!), without feeling pressured to know the different countries or languages well. Therefore, we decided on a Mediterranean cruise. We are leaving out of Barcelona then taking a 7 day cruise to Nice, Rome, Florence and Naples, then back to Barcelona. We are spending a few extra nights in Barcelona before coming home. The downside to this is we will only get about 12 hours in each place, but we are OK with that and will probably book excursions for a few of the stops. Also, we are waiting until September to go since we’ve heard it is very hot and crowded during the summer, and tickets for September were far more inexpensive. Eeek – I can’t wait!
Post # 7
I lived in southern Italy for three years. I think the Amalfi Coast is the most beautiful area you could visit in the country, and if you aren’t for the beaches then I’d stay north because southern Italy can get pretty grimey and shady(esp. Naples area). My FI and I took two two week vacations and managed to fit in a good amount, our first trip we went to Venice, Madrid, Amsterdam and London and I’d say we both enjoyed Amsterdam the most because after living in Naples it was SO clean there! Also out of every place we’ve been Amsterdam had no one on the streets trying to con us out of our money or begging for change. Our other two week trip we went to Malta, Paris, Malaga, and Fez(Which is Morocco and was our favorite of that trip because everything in Europe starts to seem the same after a few places). I enjoyed Malta because it was early November and the weather was awesome, we went snorkeling and took a boat tour of a couple of the Islands. Within Europe for that trip I think we liked Malaga the best, it was similar to the Amalfi coast, but more spread out and less expensive. If we ever got to go back to Spain I would prefer Malaga over Madrid. Also a lot of people I knew really enjoyed Ibiza if you are into the club scene I’ve heard the nightlife is pretty good, but I’m not sure how romantic that would be.
My favorite thing about planning a trip over there was EasyJet! I love love love budget airlines, our flight from Rome to Malta was only $15 a ticket and that was including taxes. We always just took filled backpacks so I’m not sure how much the charge to check baggage, but I know that it’s cheaper to pay that ahead of time instead of paying the fee once you’re at the airport with your bag to check. I know Ryanair(I may have spelled that wrong) is another good one, but we usually liked where EasyJet could take us so we stuck with them since they flew out of our local airport.
Post # 8
I’d do 3 nights Paris, 2 nights Nice, train down to Barcelona for 2 nights and Granada/Seville for 2 nights then fly across to Italy. I’d skip Venice but see Rome and Florence. I’d suggest the amalfi coast but you might find that’s too much travelling.