(Closed) Italy Honeymoon Planning – Please help!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
1616 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I researched a trip to Italy before (not a honeymoon). Tripadvisor is a good resource and there are lots of sample itineraries. I read to limit to 2 or 3 places (Rome-Florence-Venice or Rome-Florence-Naples).

Post # 3
7865 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes it’s definitely doable, I’d only do 2-3 cities though. My pics would be Rome, Florence and Venice personally.

Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree that three locations is the maximum you should consider.  As for selecting places to go, what do you and your fiancé enjoy doing?   People who are into a more coastal setting that presents opportunities for water activities but also want to see some historical stuff might like to group Amalfi Coast cities like Positano with the island of Capri and perhaps excursions to Pompeii and Herculaneum. 

People who like art, architecture, history, the notion of seeing the “classic sites,” etc. will obviously want to give special weight to Rome, Florence, and Venice.  These will also be the most appealing for people who enjoy a built environment and draw energy from being around other people in public spaces and walking around. 

People who want to mix some cute towns, opportunities for some coastal sightseeing and hiking, and opportunities to get out into the countryside (keeping in mind that the logistics of car rental in Italy are not entirely straightforward) might consider renting a villa in Tuscany, Piemonte, or Emilia-Romagna and then also spending time in the Cinque Terre.  (The Cinque Terre is also accessible as a day trip from Florence.)  While neither Piemonte nor Emilia-Romagna get nearly the traffic of Tuscany, if you and your fiancé are really into food or wine these are essential regions.  Piemonte is the home of Barolo and Barbaresco wines and white truffles (your trip may coincide with the opening of truffle season depending on how the year is going).  Parma (in Emilia-Romagna) is, of course, the historical home of Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto di Parma.  Genuine balsamic vinegar is also produced in Emilia-Romagna.

I’ve taken groups through Florence and Venice–which means I have lots of experience dealing with transportation logistics, building lists of restaurants, and thinking about how to group sites in these cities in ways that make thematic sense–and know enough about Rome to be moderately helpful, so if you include any of those cities on your itinerary I’d be happy to help you further either on this thread or via PM. 


Post # 5
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Italy is my favourite country 🙂 Sorrento is my favourite city. It’s beautiful and you’re right on the amalfi coast, which is just stunning. But you need to do Pompeii AND Herculaneum. Not just Pompeii as they’re different! Seriously this is a city to try and get to!! 🙂

Florence is is also a stunning city and the Tuscany region in general is gorgeous.

And rome obviously has has all the big attractions. My first time we went to Rome we did it in 3 days and saw a lot but it was hard and tiring.

and remember that Italian trains are excellent (unlike ours…) so they’re a fantastic way to get about. And the Italians are super nice 🙂

Post # 6
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Also Capri is pretty but be prepared to spend a lot of money if you stay there! It’s so dear. Italy in General is expensive, but Capri is ridiculous. 

Post # 7
714 posts
Busy bee

sp3cia1j:  Sounds like a lovely idea. I think @MarriedToMyWork has some very good points about how different people enjoy different places. 

Here is my opinion on places in Italy. Of course you can’t do all of them in a 9 day-honeymoon… but this might give you an idea what’s out there.

Venice: Very touristy, very busy, very confusing (i am usually good with maps, but in Venice you’ll just get lost at some point) … I’d still go there because it would be odd not to go. 

Capri: very pretty (but also very touristy);you have a beautiful view from there; if you go to that area you might also want to add Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius to your list; Naples is not a nice place.. it is very busy & loud… But maybe if you want an authentic feel still go there for half a day (although you’re not missing out by not going there) 

Rome: a must see and there is so much stuff to experience there: colosseum, forum romanum….and it’s not far to the vatican from there 


Florence -> beautiful city with lots of history and art 


Verona -> you’ll find Juliette’s balcony there (Romeo & Juliette), it has a beautiful ancient arena where you could watch a opera, if you’re into that kind of thing



Milan -> fashion capital, thus very fancy

Turin -> used to be very industrial, is a very intersting place, great combination of culture and history; i loved the Mole Antonelliana (it hosts a museum and you can go up with a transparent elevator which is very unique). Fun Fact: Mole Antonelliana is on the 2-cent-coin from Italy 


Vinci -> the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci; it is embedded in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany and hosts a museum (his birth house?) where you can learn a lot about all the things he discovered / came up with


If you wanna go see the leaning tower, add Pisa (but there is not really anything else to do). 


I also like the Lago di Garda area; lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy & you can do nice bike tours etc. there. 


I also think the landscape of South Tyrol / Alto Adige in the very north of Italy is very pretty. Mountains yay! Bolzano is the capital of that part, this is where you can visit Ötzi the iceman, if you’re into that kind of stuff. 


Maybe you’d consider these threads helpful as well: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/backpacking-italy/#axzz2zh3Qlo8z<br />http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/im-going-to-italy-tipsadvice-please/#axzz2zh3Qlo8z<br />

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Post # 8
28 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

9 days is definitely doable! But like others said I would limit your cities/areas. I would determine what type of stuff you want to see and then pick two cities or locations based on that.

We’re doing two weeks at the end of May, and limited ourselves to Florence/Rome/Tuscany. Travelling up to Venice would have been too much. When people ask I say we’re doing “central” italy. Milan/Venice are in the northern parts with Lake Como and the Mountains ( which are a hot honeymoon spot) and the Amalfi coast/Positano/Sicily are south. Whatever you pick, just make sure you’re not wasting inordinate amounts of your time on the ground on trains/changing hotels. 

Post # 9
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorrento is probably my favourite place in Italy as well – the view is breath taking and there’s so much to see in the area (yes on Capri and Pompeii). However, if you’re more outdoorsy people, northern Italy is amazing. The towns around lake Garda are super cute and you can do all these exciting things – climb, bike and surf!

The one concern with a 9-day trip is of course the jetlag… I’m usually out for close to a week when I head over to Europe. So if you do plan on some big adventures, perhaps schedule them for the end of the trip.

Post # 10
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

eocenia:  Just curious what your favourite things to do/see are in Sorrento. We just booked our honeymoon there 🙂

Post # 11
18623 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you are going for only a week, you should pick 2 or three places and stay there the whole time.  We were in Italy for about a week and a half and went from Venice to Florence to Cinque Terre and Piza to Rome.  It was too much to do and we ended up not getting to spend enough time in some places that would have been nice to spend more time in (Venice and Florence) and spent too much time in places that weren’t really worth it to us (Piza and Rome).

Cinque Terre was nice but we only ended up going to 2 of the cities (Monterrosso and Vernazza) because after we hiked to that one, we were worn out and a lot of the day had already passed.

Post # 12
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

mrsalexander: Well, it’s a lovely little town to just stroll around in if you don’t want to spend your days at the pool. We had a room with a balcony with a view over the Bay of Naples and I could honestly have spent the rest of my life just sitting there eating cherries and looking out on the water and Vesuvius. Which is most definitely a place you should go to. The hike up to the crater is a little steep but totally worth it. Pompeii is amazing too, one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been to. Wish we had been able to go to Herculaneum as well, but there wasn’t time. Taking a trip to Capri is well spent-time as well, I loved visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe – a gorgeous house! If you like reading I recommend getting his book “The Story of San Michele” before going there.

Oh… and enjoy the food, best food I’ve ever had in Italy, still dreaming about it when I eat boring mozzarella here in Canada! 😉

Post # 13
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You could easily spend 9 days in Rome and do something different everyday. We’re going to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, but we’re going for 2 weeks.

Post # 14
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

sp3cia1j: Oh, I should add that if you’re comfortable driving it’s always fun to rent a car and get around on your own a little bit. For our one-week honeymoon we flew in to Paris (from Sweden though, so no jetlag) and stayed there for two nights, then we rented a car and took a trip along the Loire River, all the way out to the Bay of Biscay. It was great, we had so much fun planning it and we saw so much. What I would recommend is that you get a Lonely Planet guide book for Italy. They have different routs drawn up dependent on the time you spend in the country and it helped us tons both before and during our trip to France.   

Post # 15
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I would limit to 2 cities tops.  I think 3 is going to be exhausting and you’ll miss out on a lot that each city has to offer.

Tuscany is a trip all by itself.  My dad just got back from there and loved San Gimignano.

Maybe do Milan and Venice?  Or Venice and Florence?  Or spend the whole trip in Rome with a day trip to Pompeii or some other awesome place (see here: http://www.touropia.com/day-trips-from-rome/).  Whatever you do, have fun!!!!

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