Post # 1
Fiance and I are thinking about planning a honeymoon to Italy! We’re looking at ~10-14 days (early-mid July 2012), and we’d like to have both exploration and relaxation. We’ve never been before…
We’re thinking about the Amalfi Coast. We also have to decide vacation rental vs. hotel? If either, any recommendations??
Just looking for advice from those of you that have been to Italy before, especially for a honeymoon. Any information would be GREAT!
I’m SO excited, we never thought we’d be able to afford it for a honeymoon but it’s a GO! 🙂
Post # 3
Italy is a very romantic and is an amazing destination to visit for a honeymoon! I am a honeymoon specialist and have been to Italy, but have not been to the Amalfi Coast. Gosh, I wish I had. Make sure to visit Capri and Positano! Also, don’t miss Rome. I fell in love with Tuscany. There are many wonderful boutique hotels along the Amalfi Coast. The best of luck to you!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
I’ve never been to the Amalfi coast, but I’ve spent a lot of time in Florence if you want any info on Tuscany!
Post # 5
My husband and I went to Italy and did a tour of the northern part. We flew into Milan, rented a car, and drove up to Bellagio for 2 days (Lake Como = breathtaking), then down to Cinque Terre for 2 days (OMG amazing), then Tuscany for 2 days (we stayed in Lucca but explored), then Venice for 3 days and flew out of there. If I could do it over, we would skip Venice (it was crowded) and would just do Milan –> Florence with those stops along the way. For us, our priority was wine, food, and relaxation, so we loved having the freedom to look at our guidebook each evening and come up with ideas for the next day, meanwhile just reading and drinking wine and enjoying the views. If you want more particulars, PM me, because it was absolutely amazing and I’d love to share. I think if you subbed Florence for Venice, you’d have less stress of traveling but still get to do the museum and cultural thing. Have fun!!
Post # 6
We had 14 days in Italy. We flew into Venice and went to Florence than Sorrento and than Rome. We had originally booked a hotel in the mountains but they cancelled on us 3 weeks before and we ended up staying in the center of Sorrento. Being that we went in November we didn’t end up making it to Capri and didn’t do any beachy activities. We did rent a car one day and got as far as Positono, it’s beautiful, but I was gripping the handle the whole way.
If you can stay in the mountains, I would but be prepared to rent a car, even just for that leg. The other cities we felt it would have been more of a hassle. We enjoyed getting lost in the narrow alleys of Venice but felt it was expensive and the food wasn’t that great. Florence was just magical, I can reccomend a fabulous B&B if you decide to go. If we ever go back we would love to spend more time exploring Tuscan villages and wineries. I also enjoyed Rome a lot more than expected.
Post # 7
@blisshoneymoons: Thank you for the suggestions! I’ll have to make a list of those places!
Thanks! I may PM you for more information on Florence/Tuscany! It seems that Tuscany is a “must see!” 🙂
@Miss OBG: Wow, that sounds like a great trip! Exactly what we’re hoping to do – casually plan day-by-day and visit a few different cities, but make it relaxing and not hectic! Lol. Look for a PM from me about specifics once I get some of the basics down. I love recommendations! 🙂 Oh, and one more question – did you plan your hotels before you left? And as I undertand it, you spent about 2-3 days per city? Any specific accomodations that you recommend?
@msgraphics: Thanks for the info! I’d love to hear your recommendation for a B&B in Florence. Again, I’m hearing a lot of favor for Tuscany, and yeah I feel like I just have to go to Rome… So overall, in your opinion, it’s better to stay away from car rentals if we’re going to focus on Amalfi/Capri/Florence/Tuscany/Rome (haha, what a mouthful)? Maybe a stupid question, but how do you get from city-to-city without renting a car? Thanks!
Thank you everyone for your comments! This helps a LOT because I’m not a seasoned Europe traveler, nor Italy traveler so I’m feeling really overwhelmed trying to do this… Wish I could afford hiring someone… (@blisshoneymoons:??) 🙂 🙂 Lol.
Post # 8
You will absolutely love Italy! My nephew was married in Positano and we stayed in a beautiful villa overlooking the Amalfi coast (picture attached). We did almost the exact trip that you are describing with the addition of Venice. In Tuscany we stayed in an amazing farmhouse (picture attached) that was our base for Florence/Cortona/Montepulciano and other gorgeous little hill towns.
I agree with PP about Venice–getting lost in the alleys was the best part but the food was not great. We did hotels in Rome and my only regret is that we did not stay closer to the city center or in Trastevere. I truly could have spent a week in Rome but that’s true of everywhere that we went on that trip with the exception of Venice. I have many pictures of where we stayed and contact info for the people who made our trip extra special. I have more info than you probably want but would love to share with you whatever you need. I hope the pictures aren’t too large!
Post # 9
I’ve never been to the Amalfi coast, but a lot of the northern part of the country. I absolutely loved Lake Como, Siena, Venice, and the Cinque Terre. The whole country is really gorgeous though, so I’m sure no matter where you choose to go, you’ll be happy with your choice. If you’d like to look at some pictures of the places I went in Italy, you can check out my Flickr page.
Post # 10
@rachelmdbride: We planned all our hotels before we left (I think it’s necessary if you’re going during a peak season, since a lot were already full 3-4 months out). We found a travel agent online, who was amazing and I would totally recommend. Then we told her our plans and budget, and she prepared a file of options for each place, and we chose. I would recommend most of the places we stayed, including where to cut costs and where not to. For instance, we stayed a half mile outside of Lucca at a hotel with free parking, and just walked to the walled city, but it also made exploring the countryside easier. If we had stayed within the city walls, the hotel would’ve been twice as expensive, and we would’ve spent 40 euros a day on parking.
Anyway, keep me posted on your plans, because I would love to do our trip all over again. Have fun!
Post # 11
I have been DYING to go to Italy for so long…. and we are planning on honeymooning there as well!!
We are planning on going to Rome, the Cinque Terre and Venice. It is so hard to narrow it down!
Post # 12
Oh I love talking Italy 🙂 I LOVED Venice. We went in May and it was perfect. I don’t know how the weather is in July. Rome was great too but way to busy for me. I think the best part was how it was soooo quiet at night in Venice. We actually had great food but didn’t go to any of the main areas in town. We brought back tons of coffee too… best coffee ever!
When we got to Rome I felt like all I wanted to do was go back to Venice. The murano glass and such was just nicer. Have fun! It’s a great time.
Post # 13
My husband and I had our honeymoon in Italy (just earlier this month!). We went to Rome, Siena, and Florence. I am probably in the minority but I did not care for Florence. We spent one day there and that was enough for us although the Duomo and the museums were beautiful. We LOVED the smaller towns in Tuscany (we spent 3 days in Siena and took a private tour to some of the other smaller towns in Tuscany). We also LOVED Rome and would definitely go back. Most people I talked to did not like Rome and I’m sure we liked it more because we went in December when it’s not as crowded.
I know you asked particulary about the Amalfi Coast. My parents went there adn LOVED it!! I think that will be an excellent choice and very romantic!!
Post # 14
We just did our delayed honeymoon in Italy!! We had 15 days, and flew into Pisa and did 7 days in Tuscany….we stayed in a small town and visited the larger ones, like Florence, Venice, etc. Venice is a bit far, but my husband wanted to see it so much that we booked it anyway. We did have a car for that portion of the trip. We then took a train down to Rome where we spent 3 days…I was so worried I wouldn’t like it because I wasn’t a huge fan of Florence, but I LOVED it. Rome was amazing! After that we took a bus down to Positano and stayed there for 4 days, doing Capri as a day trip (and if you choose to do that, I definitely have a recommendation on the best option). We stayed in a hotel that had rooms sort of like apartments (room, hallways, bathroom, small kitchen)…they each had a balcony that overlooked the ocean. It was called Residence Tavolozza I believe, and they do book up pretty far in advance. Positano was the best part of our trip, and although we had plans to go see Ravello and Sorrento; we loved Positano so much, we chose not to. I made myself a promise that we will go back! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
Post # 15
I spent about 2 weeks in just Rome last christmas and i want to go for my honeymoon! I spent the most $ on hotels as i am a hotel snob but if I were to do it over again I would have got a vaction home and used the trains to hit the other spots. It would have been cheaper. Research traveling by train early too! I traveled alone most of the trip so i wanted to stay in big hotels. I only went to napoli but didnt make it to capri.
Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I’ve been to the Amalfi Coast with some girlfriends a few years back and now My FH and I are heading there for our honeymoon, as well! It’s gorgeous! We started from Naples (the home of pizza- we went to 3 different restaurants- one was the oldest, one the coolest, and one the ‘best’ in the city) and then took a ferry to Sorrento. From there were toured the town and rented scooters and went up the crazy mountain-side roads along the coast. It was like nothing else- the smell of the olive and lemon trees, the sights…we stopped for lunch at a restaurant perched on the cliffside…you will love it. Pompei is also nearby and the town is acutally HUGE- you can wander around ruins all day. I believe we took a bus there- is was easy to get around being that I was deemed translator and only knew a handful of phrases.
We are planning on doing 5 nights on the Amalfi Coast (with a day trip to Capri) and then 5 nights in Palermo, Sicily. I’m pretty sure we’re going the hotel route- and that’s because I want the amenities- a pool, a hot tub, being a bit more pampered, etc. Since we decided on Italy a little late, we’re using a travel agent. When I get our itinerary back from her I can send along some hotel recs, if you’d like!