(Closed) Italy

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ask if you can see an itinerary before you book. That sounds like the best way to be sure you’ll have enough free time. You may find that a few group tours will help you learn enough to find other cool things on your own (unless you’re already familiar) but I certainly understand not wanting to give the group all your time, especially on your honeymoon!

Post # 4
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1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My boyfriend and I are such loners– we would hate being on a tour. I lived in Italy for 5 months a few years ago, and we did everything “on our own”. Took trains, stood in line at the Acadamia, etc. Most of the tour groups we saw were about 30 people with fanny packs being led around by one guy who would say fascinating things like ‘This is the Sistine Chapel!’.

Really? Duh.

So a tour would not be the way to go for me. The major stuff is pretty easy to get to on your own– its why everyone goes to Italy! I saw the Colliseum, Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum, Pisa, Venice, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Acadamia, Uffizi, and lived in Florence (so Duomo etc.).

The only place I wish we had more direction was in Venice. It can be difficult to get around, so do your research before you go there. But I would reccomend doing it on your own– everyone speaks English and everyone knows where the Colliseum is!

PM me if I can help you in any other way.

Post # 5
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1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We also spent a lot of our honeymoon in Italy, including 4 days on the Amalfi Coast – you’ll have an amazing time!!!

We did most things on our own, and we were fine. I noticed the same thing about tour groups – the people looked frustrated and tired for the most part. If you feel comfortable with it, I would recommend booking your own.

As for things costing more if you book them on your own, I don’t know about the rates this company charges but I know that cruise lines definitely inflate prices for excursions. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We went to Italy earlier this year and booked our trip through Gate 1 Travel (www.gate1travel.com). We’d used them for another trip a few years earlier and highly recommend them, because they have independent trip packages, so no tour groups or buses. So basically they just put the airfare, hotel and train tickets together in a package and then you figure out the rest. They do have tours you can add on as well as extensions to other cities and airport transfers and things, but you have a lot of flexibility in terms of how independent you want to go. 

PM me if you want any info. If you look on their site under Italy, look for the multi-city rail trips down toward the bottom of the page. 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I haven’t done a tour in Italy but did live there for 8 months. It’s pretty easy to be your own tour guide, especially if do the research beforehand, but it really is a preference based on your personalities. If you don’t feel comfortable navigating it alone, absolutely do a tour.

And I have to plus Cinque Terre – plan to spend some time there. It’s absolutely gorgeous and romantic. (And Florence, Almalfi Coast, Rome, Capri, it’s all wonderful!) Have FUN!

Post # 8
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I haven’t done a tour in Italy but did live there for 8 months. It’s pretty easy to be your own tour guide, especially if do the research beforehand, but it really is a preference based on your personalities. If you don’t feel comfortable navigating it alone, absolutely do a tour.

And I have to plus Cinque Terre – plan to spend some time there. It’s absolutely gorgeous and romantic. (And Florence, Almalfi Coast, Rome, Capri, it’s all wonderful!) Have FUN!

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