Italy: Venice, Rome and Florence

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@amandasouthcarolina:  Yep, I went to Venice and Rome for my Honeymoon for 10 days. It was AMAZING and romantic!! If your not an extravagant spender than that budget should be ok. I think we brought about $3,000.00 just to be safe And we had enough to buy souvenirs as well. We didn’t spend it all. Just remember Europe is more expensive. And make sure you trade in your us dollars for Euros in the usa. You will get a way better exchange rate. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

LOL that is exactly where we are going for 10 days!! Can’t wait.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@amandasouthcarolina:  is your budget including airfare?  i think you’re way off.  a flight is around $600-$1000 each (depending on airline/season).  a cheap hotel is minimum $100/night.  you also need to eat and i’m sure take some excursions.  if you want to see different areas, you need to consider transportation between cities.

i would at least double your budget.

when we went to england/paris, we spent $8-10k easy and we don’t shop.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We just finsihed booking our honeymoon for these three cities! With 10 days we’ll be spending about 3 days in each city! Can’t wait, but I also haven’t really thought about how much spending money we are going to bring. Would love to hear what others have to say! 😀

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Your budget is way off if you are including flights in that amount. Not sure where you’re located, but typically its around $1000 per person to fly round trip from the East Coast.

For 10 days I would spend 5 in Rome, 3 in Florence and 2 in Venice.

Look at airlines like Vueling for flights between these cities. I’ve flown from Spain to Italy for as low as $60. Trains are a good option too, but flying is faster and won’t cut into your time as much as dealing with trains.

ETA: Use cards as much as possible over cash. You’ll get a better exchange rate by using your debit/credit card or going to an ATM. Try to avoid going to the currency exchange booths at all costs, they are a total rip off.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In those 3 cities you will not need to know any Italian at all. Of course, it always makes a good impression if you try, but they are touristy areas so you’ll have no trouble finding someone who speaks English.

 If plans/trains/hotels are in a separate budget then I think $2500 will be plenty!!

When you’re in Florence you can take a bus to Siena for the day and see part of the Tuscan country side. I think its like $20. Its a charming town and they do hot air balloon rides in the area if you are up for a splurge.

In Rome I highly recommend Al Duello. Its one of my favorite restaurants in all of Italy and completely amazing. When we’re in Florence this October we’re planning to maybe take a train to Rome for one day just to eat at this place again.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sounds like a lovely honeymoon!  I tried convincing FI we should just go to Italy, but he wants to go to a few other countries as well.

2-2.5K sounds like a reasonable budget for food and random things for 8-10 days.  Just as long as you don’t go crazy, you’ll be fine.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@amandasouthcarolina:  A friend of mine did 2 weeks in Italy last year for her honeymoon, I think the exact same cities you have listed, and she spent almost $10,000 all in…. They rented a villa for a week though, with a private pool and stuff, and a car. To me, that is insanely expensive, but if you can afford it, go for it! I’d love to do something like that, but after the money we are shelling out for the wedding, it’s just not feasible for honeymoon.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@amandasouthcarolina:  we did venice (2 nights), florence (4 nights), rome (4 nights) with sorrento at the end.

 

florence and sorrento were def our favorites.  we knew barely any italian (just basic phrases) and were fine. basically everyone speaks english. 

il latini was our favorite restaurant in Florence. they basically ask you a few questions and then bring you tons of food. they only serve a group at 7:30 and a group at 9:30pm.  we were there for 2.5 hours and it was amazing (not cheap, though)

 

 

 

@mypinkshoes:  @adoc86:   she said spending budget.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We did Cinque Terre and Florence on a 10 day trip, with some day trips to other parts of Tuscany. There is SO much to do and we like to take things slow, rather than having to exhaust ourselves to see eveything we wanted to see. We were glad we didn’t try to squeeze in another big city (especially Rome), but I know it’s pretty common to do those 3! In Florence, we rented this apartment with friends instead of a hotel: http://www.flipkey.com/florence-condo-rentals/p212739/ and if we go back on our own, we’d stay in the owner’s other place: http://www.flipkey.com/florence-vacation-rentals/p128352/ It’s great to live like a local, be able to shop in the markets and cook a few meals. We did learn a bit of Italian and it helped when we did some less tourist-y activities like riding the buses to visit smaller towns in Chianti. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@amandasouthcarolina:  If that is just for food and museums then you will have enough to enjoy yourself with some pretty nice dinners!

Venice is more expensive then Florence or Rome for food so note that when you are budgeting. However, even in Venice you can find some amazing cicchetti places (small dishes, similar to tapas eaten while bar hopping from cicchetti bar to cicchetti bar) that are reasonable.

Rome: Hit up the Trastevere neighbourhood. It’s often overlooked by tourists and it’s one of the most awesome areas of the city – Osteria Zi mberto is a great place for dinner in Trastevere.

Florence: Don’t miss hiking up the piazzale michelangelo for amazing views over the city. If you are there in the summer the Piazza Santo Spirito has free evening musical performances that change every night all with an outdoor bar area. It’s such a great area of the city to relax after dinner.

My brother used to live in Venice and I used to live in Florence so if you PM me I can send you google maps for each city (with our favourite places marked) that we have created for friends and family that have visited each city.

I would learn a few words of Italian. It helps to begin every conversation with bonjourno (in the moring) or buonasera (in the afternoon/evening), and make sure you say arrivederci when leaving a store, restaurant etc. Like the French, the Italians have a practice of  acknowledging store keepers etc. when they enter an establishment and it’s considered rude not to say hello and goodbye!

 

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