Post # 1
My fiance and I are trying to decide on where to honeymoon. Originally, we decided to do an adults-only couples resort in Jamaica or Cancun (we were thinking Couples or Secrets).
However, my future MIL offered to let us use her timeshare through RCI. The all inclusive resorts on the site got pretty bad reviews, however, we found some cool places in Greece and Italy. My concern is how many people in those countries speak English? I am terrified to visit a country where I am unfamiliar with the language and can’t find my way around. Has anyone been? What was your experience like?
Thanks ladies <3
Post # 3
I was last in Italy in 2005 and I really had no difficulty with the language barrier. Most people in touristy areas speak or at least understand some English. I’ve travelled pretty extensively through Europe (but not Greece) and this was the case everywhere.
Post # 4
Of course it all depends on where in those countries you go, but you will have very little probability of not finding anyone who speaks english. I went to Italy a few years ago to Florence, Rome, Naples, and along the Amalfi coast. Very easy. I’m going to Greece for my honeymoon and expect no problems. Don’t be afraid, both are amazing places!!!
Post # 5
I would be a little weary of going to Greece right now with their economy in shambles and the people upset with the state of their government. Greece has always been my number one “want to go” destination, Italy has been my #2. We decided in January to book a trip to Italy this September well before we decided that we will be eloping (just the two of us, and unknown to either family at this point) at the end of August, so I’m super excited about having our Italy trip be our honeymoon. I’ve done a lot of research, and English is VERY common over there as it is taught in schools now, as well as being very prevelent in high tourist areas.
Where ever you decide, I’m sure you’ll have lots of memories 🙂
Post # 6
@SweetDreams23: Good point! I didn’t even think about their economic difficulties.
Post # 7
I’ve been to Greece and Italy (Greece 5 years ago, Italy 5 years ago and this year). Greece was beautiful, and in the islands (where I went) most people spoke English, but not as well as some other places. I think it was still plenty to get by though. I picked up a phrase book in the airport to be able to say “good morning” “Please” and “thank you,” and that plus my college sorority understanding of the Greek alphabet served me fine. Not sure about the economic considerations, but language shouldn’t be a barrier.
For Italy, pretty much everyone speaks English. The couple times we encountered someone who didn’t, we mimed, they mimed, and we still did fine. Also, there were places we went in Italy (Cinque Terre) that had a similar vibe to the Greek islands, so that could be a good substitute. I’ve only been in the top half of Italy, but I have tons of recommendations, so PM me if you’re interested. Good luck!
Post # 8
I’ve travelled extensively through both places and the language difference is not a problem, in fact it adds to the experience.
My advice would be to avoid the mainland of Greece for a few reasons – Athens is not much of a city other than the acropolis (which is awesome). The city has lots of graffiti and the riots are ongoing at the moment. Strikes in general occur somewhat frequently in Greece. As for the Greek islands, Santorini is AWESOME, Crete is crap, Mykonos is a great with a good party scene, Patmos is remote and nice, Corfu is gorgeous with more of an Italian influence. The islands are all entirely different so research well what suits you.
Italy is a romantic, fun and interesting. Venice is really unique, there’s heaps to do in Rome, Florence is amazing, Sorrento is gorgeous, and Pisa is worth a miss unless you’re sightseeing.
DEFINITELY take Europe – Greece or Italy over resorts in Jamaica or Cancun. There’s far more culture and amazement over there than there is inside a resort!
Post # 9
We’re going to Italy and Dubai for our honeymoon!!!!!!! 🙂
Post # 10
I’m going to Italy for my honeymoon! But having been to other places in Europe, Switzerland, Germany and part of Italy, most people, especially in toursist areas speak enough English for you to get by.
Post # 11
We just got back from three weeks in the Mediterranean (Barcelona, south of france, italy Greece and Turkey). We speak French, but I can’t say we had any problems communicating with people in general anywhere. Most hotel/tourism staff speak English. You might have trouble in the grocery store, or the odd cafe, but it’s easy enough to just point/play charades about what you want, and even these people speak enough English way better than I spoke Spanish/Italian/Greek/Turkish. The only issue I had was I caught a cold, and needed to get some medication in a Greek pharmacy… I just mimed my symptoms to the pharmacist and hoped for the best. So far so good!
Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions!