Post # 1
FI and I are planning on doing Italy for the first part of our honeymoon. I would really like to see things in Italy/have experiences there in Rome, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast that most people haven’t had. (We’ll do all the touristy stuff, but I wanted there to be more to the trip, too.)
Has anyone done anything supercool and unique in these places that you would recommend? Any great dining/lodging/ruins/hot spring experiences that were off the beaten path?
For instance, when I went to London, I skipped *all* the touristy stuff. One of my favorite days was when I tucked into a beautiful little church on a side street — totally off the tourist map.
Post # 3
We went to Rome for part of our honeymoon and I loved it. We did all the touristy stuff. I mean, it’s famous for a reason! It’s simply amazing. One of my favorite things was wandering through the Forum.
However I do recommend going away from the tourist areas for dinner. We found great little restaurants in the Trastevere area. There are tons of gelatorias all over the place but the one we kept coming back to over and over was La Gelateria Frigidarium.
Post # 4
If you go to Florence, go to Il Porcospino for dinner. We stumbled upon it when we were going to the Duomo and we ended up eating there every night. The food was delicious, the ambience was lovely, and the service staff were amazing.
Post # 5
I am also someone who loves to do “off the beaten path” stuff….I actually have a 32 page Italy itinerary from our trip last September (we stayed in 7 cities over 18 days)- I did SO much research on this stuff and also on non-touristy restaurants (I have a whole spreadsheet on that!) I can send you the Rome, Tuscany and Amalfi Coast parts if you PM me.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy
Haha you could come to the town I’m getting married in… One street… One bar…
a lot of these suggestions are so well informed. . . But I wanted to say that renting a car in the south /amalfi coast area is worth it, if you drive along the coast there are tons of little tiny towns along the coast line that aren’t super touristy..
the fast train is great for longer distances between big cities (Naples, Rome, Florence) as it cuts travel time in half.
Post # 8
@jamaes6: amazing! would you be able to PM me your rome and amalfi coast info??
Post # 9
Rome – we took a train out to Ostia Antica, where the ruins are amazing.
Florence – we celebrated our engagement in a beautiful wine bar – Cantinetta Verrazzano – try their fizz!
Post # 10
Down the Amalfi Coast is Paestum, which has the only Greek ruins in Italy. It’s also famous for its buffalo mozzerella and other artisinal food, plus some really nice beaches and biking. We went last June and there were almost no tourists, and all the locals are very friendly.
Post # 11
@jamaes6: Omg…your trip sounds fabulous. Any chance you could pm the information you found???