(Closed) Italian Honeymoon Booking… HEADACHE

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was in italy about 2 years ago. Avoid staying in Naples. Period. Stay in Sorrento, or anyother town, but avoid naples.

 

In rome, pick a hotel near the vatican. That’s one of the better neighbourhoods in rome. Avoid the area of Termini station. I stayed there, and it was ok, but it’s not reccomended in the travel guides.

 

If you are going to venice, you can stay on the mainland, and take the train into venice. WE did this. It’s not inconvenient, and the train ride might be about 15 mins.

 

hope that helps!

Post # 3
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223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was in italy about 2 years ago. Avoid staying in Naples. Period. Stay in Sorrento, or anyother town, but avoid naples.

 

In rome, pick a hotel near the vatican. That’s one of the better neighbourhoods in rome. Avoid the area of Termini station. I stayed there, and it was ok, but it’s not reccomended in the travel guides.

 

If you are going to venice, you can stay on the mainland, and take the train into venice. WE did this. It’s not inconvenient, and the train ride might be about 15 mins.

 

hope that helps!

Post # 4
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Which cities are you thinking about going to?  Also, are you for sure using an agent for all of the booking, or are you willing to book flights/hotels on your own?  I’ve never booked through an agent, but I would love to help look up some hotel possibilities!!

Post # 6
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659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

wow. we were suppose to go to italy for our honeymoon… but found it too expensive for plane flights for june! it would have been $3k just to fly. so we ended up booking for disneyworld (which happens to only be 1k cheaper wth)! lol

go to AIRBNB.com !!!!

you can find  whole apartments to stay at for under $100.

what month are you going??? costco has some great italian packages for under 5k. kayak has italy deals too for even cheaper.

Post # 7
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Different European country, but I started out with travel agents when looking at Greece.  And it was just a miserable experience.  So instead I looked up places myself using tripadvisor.com and also looking at the fodor’s reviews.  And we found some great well priced places, and we’re staying in three different locations over 11 days. 

Just do your research on good sites, and you can find reasonable places. 

Also that flight deal sounds incredibly good.

Sidenote, I LOVED Florence, Rome, Sorrento, and Positano, however I cannot remember were we stayed…I was in college at the time with our parents. 

Post # 8
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473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We went to Italy recently – at the end of March. One thing we did was we stayed in apartments. There was actually one in Venice – very close to San Marco that we stayed at for about $100 per night. It was Casa de Kirsch, I believe. Something like that. It’s actually an apartment owned by a hotel. Also, one thing to do ahead of time is to get a pass for Venice so you can ride the bus and the water bus the whole time as much as you want. It will get you from the airport to your hotel and around the city while you are there.

And, train tickets – buy the mini passes. The times and dates are non transferable, but if you know when you are going somewhere, it will save a lot.

One big thing when it comes to food – avoid restaurants that have menus in multiple languages. The food is horrible and very tailored to tourists.

Best of luck!

Post # 10
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323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We were in Italy and France for our honeymoon last summer.  We did a combo of hotels and VRBO.com.  Good luck and PM me if you need any help or recommendations.

Post # 11
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1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m going to Italy next week for my honeymoon.  Our travel agent was great, so if you’re still looking for one, PM me and I’ll give you her name.  I’ll pass along a piece of advice she gave us – European hotels are different than American hotels (often cramped and without things we consider “basic” amenities).  Thus, a lot of people give negative reviews to hotels because they’re not what those guests were used to.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re awful.  You’ll have to adjust your expectations a little on that budget (ours was similar), but really read the reviews and see what people are complaining about – is it lack of concierge and little space (common for cheap European hotels) or is it actually unclean/unsafe?  Then you can make decisions with more knowledge.

Good luck!  I went to Rome, Florence and Venice a few years ago with my family and it was amazing!  You’ll have a great time.

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