(Closed) Has anyone been to Italy?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Chout the the Cinque Terre, five towns on the Ligurian coast! You’re a short train ride from Pisa and a few hours from Florence there, and the towns are full of beautiful hikes, stunning views and great food. Also recommend the Amalfi coast!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I adore Sorrento. It is incredible. Beach-wise it’s a bit weird as they’re private beaches so you have to pay for the nice, honeymoon-worthy ones….. but it is beautiful. Venice is also amazing, and coastal. I love them both dearly and both are large and buzzing but with beaches too.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I was in Rome for 7 weeks two summers ago and we went to the beach by train a number of times. The problem with the Naples area is that the city itself is a dangerous place for tourists because of theft and the cities around it are really, really low key and boring. It might be nice to maybe fly into Rome, stay there a few days, go down to Naples and hit up Pompeii or Herculaneum is interested and then stay overnight for 2 or 3 nights at Ischia or Sorrento, and then head back to Rome. Go everywhere by train. You can get tickets same day, unless you must be on EuroStar and sometimes it’s better to get those tickets a few days in advance. Don’t waste your time or money on a rental car.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My Fi and i spent a week at a beach town called castel di fusano right outside of rome.  It is perfect because you can easily take the train into the center of rome to site see but you still get the wonderful beach experience.  I LOVED staying here and plan to return someday.  Another bonus is it is cheaper to stay right outside of rome.  That being said i also loved the other parts of italy i visited!  The almafi coast is wonderfully romanic, florence is amazing and of course venice is incredible!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Check out Cinque Terre. It’s AMAZING

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@MyOwnWoman:  I camped in Sorrento BUT if I ever went again I would stay 100% for sure at the place I had dinner one night – their hospitality is amazing and it’s very authentic Italian and just a wonderful experience. Probaby the best restaurant I ever went to, not because of the food (though nice) but because the vibe was so good. I never remember what it’s called but she said it’s number one on TripAdvisor….. I’ll have a look and get back to you. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have been to Rome, the Vactican is stunning. It’s a really amazing city. I was lovely to see lots of little ones take their first Holy Communion and having special photos on the steps with their families. The food is amazing. even the food from the food carts is really yummy. I did the trip as a student so money was tight.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I third the recommendations for the Cinque Terre! Monterroso al Mare is the beach town, but they’re all right on the (amazing, beautiful!) water and it’s easy to get between the five villages. It’s such an amazing and beautiful piece of Italy. 

Venice is nice, too, and you can get to the beach on Lido pretty easily. Venice would be really crowded in July, though. But I guess that goes for a lot of beachy areas in Italy. You’ll still have a good time! 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Try to get to Siena for the Palio. It’s an amazing experiecnce. Siena is a romantic walled city about an hour from Florence. I was there as a student and stayed in the dorms, so  cannot speak for hotel accomodations. But I really loved the city. The botannical gardens are gorgeous.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

I spent a semester abroad in Rome. Rome is amazing… I was there in Fall of 09, and sometimes I still catch myself just wishing I could walk down the streets and go to the places I saw.

My FAVORITE side trip was to Capri!! We took the ferry from Naples (yeah… don’t stay there though! lol) and then once we were on the island, half the big group we were with made a beeline for the beach right next to the marina. The other half of us decided to wander on up and “get lost.” We came across this teeeeny tiny store where we had sandwiches made right in front of us (fresh tomatoes sliced, cheese sliced off the block, ohhhh man.) And we took our sandwiches and wandered a little further and stumbled across a “private” beach! We took stairs cut out of the earth and stone down to it. The day we were there was some kind of holiday, which is why it was deserted. There was some type of bar type structure, and a giant rock to jump off of. It was amazing.

Here’s me getting ready to jump in!!!

Then we actually stayed overnight at Ana-Capri (just at the top instead of down at the sea level). We stayed in this gorgous hostel nestled among these lush gardens, and wandered around the little city up there…. we visited the grottos… it was just like out of a dream 🙂 and we were super poor college students, so even on a budget it’s doable! (Especially if you stay in Ana-Capri and travel by bus down to Capri, etc.) It’s also not very far from Rome.

Here’s the beautiful place we stayed:

And the Blue Grotto… experience of a lifetime! Yes, it looks like it’s glowing 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also recommend Cinque Terre. Just hiking from one town to the next, you’ll get amazing views like this:

 

I’ve also heard great things about the Amalfi Coast.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have not been to Ischia, but I ahve been to Capri, and I LOVED it. Like, if money was no object, I would 100% go to Capri for my honeymoon. It is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to!

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