Post # 1
My fiance has left the honeymoon decision to me! Whenever I ask him where he would like to go or what he has in mind he says ” whatever you want”. I think I have it narrowed down to two places: Rome or Madrid. when I mentioned these places to him he said ” those splices sound nice”. So has anyone ever been to either of these places? Which would you prefer? I’m afraid that Rome would be too touristy and for some reason I think Madrid would be a more clam and relaxing place. Help please!!!!
Post # 3
My computer just erased my previous reply to this…grrr…
As I had been saying, I have been to both and lived in Madrid for a year. I love Spain…but my advice is to take some day trips from Madrid. OR, depending on time, budget and interests, split your honeymoon between Madrid and another region/city. What are your interests and how much time do you have? That might help me give you some more advice on that…
Rome is wonderful. So much to see and do…but again, I would split your time up. Maybe visit Florence and Venice too? Or go South/towards the coast?
Hopefully you’ll get some good tips on here. Ultimately, though, it might be best to visit a travel agent with your rough requests and see what kind of packages they can come up with.
Good luck and congrats!
Post # 4
First off, I see this is your first post… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
Your idea of Italy sounds great… certainly on my BUCKET LIST
Not sure how much you’ve travelled before… but you have to realize that places in Europe are much closer together for the most part.
The USA is just slightly smaller in size than ALL OF EUROPE… so try to think of it this way… 50 States here, and 50 countries over there. So you can certainly plan to do more with your time than solely stay in one spot / city (unless that is what you specifically have in mind to do)
For general info on any Destination, I always find Wikipedia helpful… cause you can click around as you get inspired. A good hardcopy Guide Book is also helpful. And of course any Destination you can think of (Country – Region – City) most likely has an Official Tourism Website.
As well, check out TripAdvisor… the largest trip planning website on the Internet… tons of info on there… REVIEWS for things like… Hotels – Restaurants – Things to Do / Attractions. As well they have Boards like we have here on WBee where you can post Questions (they call them Forums)… and you can get feedback info from locals, or those that know the Destination best (they call their best helpers… Destination Experts).
Honestly since discovering TA, I won’t plan any vacation (even if it is just an overnight or weekend getaway) without checking to see what TA says first… and since I have (5 or so years), I can’t say I’ve ever had an icky hotel room since (had more than my fair share before I found TA)
Good luck with your Honeymoon Planning,
Post # 5
Thanks so much for for the replies!.. I guess I should have been more detailed with our plans. We plan on being in Europe for six days . So that’s why I thought that we should do either or(rome or Madrid). I didn’t want to feel like we would be over extending ourselves by traveling between Countries with only a week. However, I’m now leaning towards Florence for a few days adding in Rome. Is this too much for 6- 7 days???
Post # 6
I think 7 days between Rome and Florence is do-able…you would just need to plan out how you would like to spend the time (seeing all you can, lounging, etc etc). I agree that Trip Advisor and similar sites are helpful…still, you might gain a lot from going in person to a travel agent…you don’t need to necessarily book with them, but I think it would help a lot. Good luck!
Post # 7
I LOVE Spain (more than Italy; in my opinion nothing beats Spanish food). If you’re choosing between Madrid and Rome, I’d say go to Rome. But if you’re open to other Spanish cities, Barcelona is lovely with tons of stuff to see, and right next to the coast. You just have to drive a bit north to see some beautiful beaches.
Madrid is NOT calm and relaxing, haha. Neither is Rome or Florence. If you want calm and relaxing you’d be better off going to Seville or a smaller town in Tuscany, like Cortona.