Post # 1
Thanks to you girls, I’ve learned so much about planning our honeymoon!!!
Now I’m about to book my flight in October but ran into one question… It looks like flying from
LAX to Rome and coming back from Paris to LAX is cheaper than
LAX to Paris and coming back from Rome.
We are planning to do Paris, Florence, Venice, and Rome. Any reason why we should start in Paris??? Can the experienced bees recommend one over the other? Thanks!!!!
Post # 3
I’d say start with Paris and then head to Italy! 🙂 I love love LOVED Paris and it is SUPER romantic. Definately eat in the “Latin Quarter” for dinner and be sure to goto the Eiffle Tower at night. A seine river cruise or dinner cruise is also wonderful. From there head on to Italy where you will be amazed!
In Venice if you take a gondola ride from outside your hotel it will be cheaper than getting one in St. Mark’s Square. If you get a chance to take a day trip from Venice to Burano, I would highly recommend it! Bathrooms in Venice are super hard to find, but there is a McDonalds in St. Mark’s Sq that has free washrooms. Have euro’s ready for tipping as you arrive, for if you have suitcases they will be vallet’ed to your hotel via boat.
Rome is also great. The vatican is a must see for catholics and non catholics alike. Get there early and get a tour guide. The sistene chapel isn’t the same without an experienced guide to bring the meaning of the images to life for you. There are many pick pockets in rome, so beware.
In florence look up restaurants in the tuscan hills. Many tours will take you right out of the city and onto private farms where you can have a surreal experience. Be sure to visit the Uffitzi Gallery.
Post # 4
I don’t think it matters where you go first…if it were me I would do whatever was cheaper. How are you getting from france to italy?
In Paris I highly recommend staying on rue cler. This street is adorable and you can walk pretty much anywhere from here.
I love Italy as well. Florence is one of my all time favorite cities and Rome is very cool too!
Post # 5
I would go with whatever is cheapest and save the extra cash for other things on the trip! I personally found Italy more romantic than Paris, but they are both beautiful! I second the warning about pickpockets in Rome – my friend lost everything there! When you go to Florence be sure to go up on the hill to one of the replicas of David (sorry I can’t remember the exact name of the place). It offers an amazing view of the whole city!
Post # 6
I would go with whichever is cheaper too, I don’t think it matters where you start. I love both Paris and Rome. How are you getting from one to the other? We took the overnight train from Paris to Rome once, it was a very easy way to travel (but then I *love* trains). We also trained from Venice to Switzerland and it was a magical trip through the mountains and Lake Como district, so that would be a good way to get up to Paris too. Have fun, it sounds like a great trip (I’m so jealous)!
Post # 7
Make sure that when you’re in Paris you go out to Versailles – it’s AMAZING! You have to catch the train out (takes about half an hour) but it’s really not that tricky and it’s WELL worth the visit! I loved it and I’m so glad I insisted on going! Also, I found the Hop On – Hop Off bus in Rome was really great. A great way to see the sights, especially if you’re short on time, which sadly we were! Have fun, it’ll be brilliant (buy a money belt!) and enjoy!!!
Post # 8
You don’t need a money belt unless you’re going to go to extremely crowded areas or are planning on wearing safari-themed tourist gear (dead giveaway)… I’ve never used one and I’ve lived here (France- Reims and Paris) for a year and never had anything stolen. I would, however, suggest that you bring a purse that zips, just to be safe.
I’m with the other two brides that said start where it’s cheapest. Personally, I’d much rather have an extra dinner or another activity than leave from a particular place. Maybe do some research on the airports? Orly is ridiculously easy to navigate, Charles de Gaulle is only slightly less so and has easy to/from transportation. I’d want the less complicated airport on my way back so that I didn’t miss my flight/get lost.
Paris: The Latin Quarter is lovely, there are some really pretty areas in the 14th arrondissement as well (not near the Montparnasse train station, but closer to where the 14th meets the Pantheon area). The Pont des Arts is right behind the Louvre and lots of people put love locks on the fence to commemorate their love (they do get cut off periodically, sorry). My fiancé proposed to me on that bridge, so it definitely holds a place in my heart.
Post # 9
I’d probably go with whatever is cheapest, but all things being equal I’d start with Paris and work my way down through florence, rome, then venice. The only reason being that Paris is very go-go-go. Tons to see and do and it can be a little bit exhausting. You might get more of a chance to relax in venice, take some gondola rides, and go about a more leisurely pace, so I’d want to finish up the vacay with that. But honestly you can’t really go wrong– you are going to have an AMAZING time.