Post # 1
My FI and I are in the process of reseaching/trying to book a 10-day honeymoon to Italy after our July wedding. We want to visit Florence, Rome and Amalfi Coast. Plan on spending 3 days in Florence, 3 days in Rome and 4 days in Positano (but plan to visit Sorrento, Capri and maybe Amalfi).
We are currently talking to 2 travel agents to see what’s the best deal we can get, and it seems the whole trip will cost us around $7K.
Has anyone taken (or plan to take) a similar trip? Any do’s/don’ts we should consider before booking? All advice is welcome. Thanks so much.
Post # 3
@emmanneliza: I just went a few months ago, almost that same plan. Here’s a recap I did: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-italy-switzerland-trip-recap. Feel free to PM me with any specific questions.
Post # 4
I went a few months ago, and loved Italy! This is what we did:
- 2 nights in Monterosso (Cinque Terre)
- 1 night in Florence (with a train stop in Pisa)
- 1 night in Venice
- 5 nights in Rome
I personally feel that 3 days in Florence may be too much – it is actually quite a small place. The trip to Pisa would only take you a half day really if you go by train as there is not a lot in Pisa – just the leaning tower and the buildings opposite it.
I would recommend that you look at airbnb for accommodation, we stayed in a great place in Rome that was located in Trastevere (the best neighbourhood to stay – close to everything, not tooooo touristy, great food nearby) It was cost effective as well as really great accommodation. PM me if you want the place where we stayed or any tips on tours 🙂
Post # 5
I backpacked Italy for 10ish days (?? memory is getting foggy and it was only 1.5 yrs ago! lol).
We took a train to Venice from France and stayed 3 nights — BEST decision! People say Venice is overated, but I found it to be sooo romantic, just try and stay a little off the beaten path. Be sure to visit the surrounding islands (Burano, Murano).
We then took the train to Bologna and stopped in Verona for the afternoon– great little town to see (fabled home of Romeo and Juliet). Bologna is not worth it — skip it.
We then went to Florence for 3 nights, and I honestly regretted this. It was July and Florence was sooo hot and really its all museums. Personally, I like to visit cities that have some sort of natural wonder/sight and Florence is all city/buildings.
Then we went to Rome- soo good, but not exactly honeymoon material, very hot, very busy, and hard to navigate b/c its so spread out.
If I were to honeymoon in Italy, I would do:
We were backpacking, so we spent at most $1000 for Italy per person. Its reallllly expensive. If you’re only interested in the “beaty”, I’d recommend looking into Croatia & Slovenia (beaches, little old cities & beautiful mountains); if you really want culture- Spain & Portugal will be were you can get that for a discount.
PM me for more details if you want 🙂
Post # 6
Woo, Italy is one of the countries we’re visiting on our trip in April! We’re spending 2 nights in Florence and 4 in Rome. We originally planned 3 nights in each, but so many people on the boards have suggested cutting down the Florence time that we changed our plans!
Seriously, I cannot recommend Airbnb enough. Hotels can be insanely priced for pretty meh accomodations. We found an apt through Airbnb and are only paying $500 for 4 nights in Rome in an awesome location (double rooms in hotels in the same area were going for over $200/night!). We’ll have the place to ourselves and it has a washer/dryer and a kitchen (helps with the food budget and packing!)
Before you start booking things, check with your credit card companies to see about the foreign transaction fees and build them into your budget. Capital One is the best if you have one of their cards, they don’t charge them! Although if you’re using a travel agent and booking through them, you may be able to get around this.
Post # 7
Wow, thanks everyone! What great information!!
@CupcakeLove:I’ve had a few people tell me that 3 days in Florence might be a bit much, but one of those full days will be spent in the Tuscan countryside taking a wine tour. We might do Pisa since it isn’t too far away for a second day; thanks for the rec!
We are currently going back and forth between two travel agents to see who can give us the best package… it’s getting a bit stressful, which is the absolutely opposite of what I want to feel while planning this dream trip. Fingers crossed that it all works out.
Post # 8
@emmanneliza: I think if you have other things to do whilst in Florence – and getting out of the city to Tuscany and visiting Pisa is a great idea.
Don’t let them stress you out!! Enjoy it!
Post # 9
@emmanneliza: venice i my favorite place in italy and I’ve been all over. its just so unique! See if you can add that
Post # 10
@carolyn.sp.79: to your point,
mediteranian islands combine culture, beaches, and affordability. Majorca ans menorca for instance