Post # 1
hey everyone! FI and I just booked flights to Rome next October for our honeymoon! We will be there 6 days in all and I need advice, tips, things to do, what to wear and bring, places to eat!! Never been overseas so super excited for this adventure! Thanks everyone! 🙂
Post # 2
Be sure to try an authentic gelato and cappuccino, the collesum is worth a visit. We went in May and it was boiling so pack plenty of light clothes and sun cream.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY
We went in August and it was SO hot! But, we stayed at the Hotel Bernini Bristol… we were very happy with the location! Rooms were a bit small (but it wasn’t really bad) but the view from our room was awesome (Palazzo Barbarini)! We were not far from Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, lots of food, and all the “hop on hop off” busses stop right next to the hotel. I’ll ask my husband which of the gelato places he ate at was his favorite… we hit almost every place we saw (he really likes gelato) but if you get a chance, stop by the Colleseum at night, it’s so beautiful! And, do the Vatican. I’ve been before, but even the second time, it’s so amazing to see.
Post # 4
We got engaged in Rome last year and it is the best place I have ever visited, even just walking down the streets leaves you speechless as you turn a corner and stumble across something magnificent!
The colosseum was my favourite, be sure to do a tour that takes you into the underground part where they caged animals and slaves before fights. I also loved the Vatican (you need to cover up for this so make sure you take long sleeved top and trousers), trevi fountain and the pantheon.
We got engaged at gianicolo hill, from this hill you have a panoramic view over the whole of Rome, it is breath taking.
Our hotel receptionist recommended a restaurant to us where all the locals go, it was the best food I’ve ever eaten. It was called Cantina E Cucina and the meatballs were out of this world! Outside the restaurant they had cobbled streets where you could eat at candle lit tables. Locals queued every night to eat here (if you go earlier on you would be fine as most Italians eat quite late like 8/9pm, or book ahead)
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2017 - Preservation Park, Oakland CA
Hey my FI and I just booked our honeymoon to Rome in Oct too! 🙂 Since I’ve never been before I dont have many suggestions of my own, but I can pass along some of the suggestions we’ve been given so far.
I’ve heard its a great idea to buy tickets to tourist sites (Coliseum, Vatican, etc) online ahead of time for better prices and to make sure you actually get in/get in with less line. Also not sure if you guys you are planning to stay just in Rome but we are thinking of doing some excursions down to Naples/Pompeii/the Amalfi Coast and up to Florence which have all been recommended to us. I hear October weather in Rome is great and it should be pretty mild, but there’s a chance for some rain showers.
Good luck and have fun with planning the details of your trip! I know I am 🙂
Post # 6
ericarenee427 : hey maybe we will see each other lol! What dates you going?
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2017 - Preservation Park, Oakland CA
mrslavogue92217 : We’ll fly there 10/15 and head back to the states 10/23!
Post # 8
If you like art and/or gardens, definitely try to visit the Villa Borghese. When I went you had to get tickets where you were scheduled for a certain entrance time, so it’s something you’d definitely have to plan ahead for. It was one of my favorite places there, though, aside from the usual sights.
Also try to stay away from restaurants near touristy sites (especially the Vatican). The food won’t necessarily be bad, but it’ll be more Americanized and more expensive than the real local stuff.
Post # 9
Giolitti’s for gelato! Be forewarned- the scoops are HUGE so make sure you go when you’re hungry!
Also, on the off chance you’re Catholic you can have your marriage blessed by the Pope at one of his audiences…I have a few friends who’ve done this, I believe you do need to sign up/apply in advance.
Post # 10
Rome is amazing. Most incredible place I have ever been to. You will have a wonderful time. Please please please book tickets to things in advance and pay extra for the skip the line. It will be worth it. Our favourite things were the eerily beautiful Capuchin Crypts, Castle Sant’Angelo, walking up to see Rome through the keyhole in the door (Google it), many of the squares (Piazza Navona!), and the whole Vatican area (we did early entrance Sistine Chapel tour and it was so worth it. There were only about eight of us in there!). We also went to one of the Pope’s weekly speeches and we went on the tour under St Peter’s basilica and saw the supposed bones of St Peter. We are not in the least bit religious but the Vatican and the related tours are just fascinating. I also highly recommend Dark Rome’s Ghosts and Legends walking tour (we went the first evening and no only did it give us a good idea of where everything was, it also gave us an insight into the layers of history to look out for as you wander around Rome.
Other things: the cat colony in the ruins, the Pantheon, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. And just pop into random churches – you will see the most incredible art work and architecture and it’s all free!
Try and get up early some days to walk around for the sunrises.
I’m getting excited just typing all this. Rome is magnificent but she gives back what you put in. Do your research and don’t just stick to the tourist areas. Wander around, take your time. We stayed right next to the Pantheon and we walked to every place we wanted – only bothered with a taxi to the airport and back (which I recommend pre-booking). Speaking of, when you are traveling into Rome, keep a look out of the window – absolutely nothing beats seeing the juxtaposition of a modern working city with these huge ancient monuments that look like they’ve just been dropped there.
We are doing Italy again for our honeymoon – Venice, Florence and then Rome (Rome is the only one we have been to before by 10 days was nowhere near enough time).
If you need any more info I’m happy to PM!!
Post # 11
ooh, I’m just loving all of these comments! We are just trying to plan our honeymoon with a 4 week break to europe (got married earlier this month, but holidaying in June/ July)… We went to Austria/ Venice/ Munich a couple of years ago and LOVED it all, so we are stupidly excited for this trip!! Following this for any more tips 🙂
Post # 12
We were there summer 2015 for 4 nights/4.5 days. We managed to see quite a lot in that time without feeling rushed (ie plenty of time for drinks/long lunches etc), though we did have to be fairly selective. We did the following, and would recommend them all: Pantheon; Trevi Fountain; Spanish Steps; Piazza Navona; Colosseum (skipped the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill due to the intense heat); Castelo Sant Angelo (get a drink at the bar with views across the river to St Peter’s Basilica, weather permitting); Capuchin Crypt (this was one of the highlights for us); St Peter’s Basilica; Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We also did a lot of wandering around, long lunches/drinks etc.
Definitely buy tickets to the major attractions in advance if you can, as it will save a lot of time queueing.
Buy a good guide book (I like the DK Eye Witness Top 10 series) and read through it, noting down things that appeal to you. Sometimes I skip more famous/major attractions/sites in favour of more obscure ones based on what appeals to me personally.
Plan out an itinerary so that you are making the most of your time and avoiding back-tracking (ie plan things for one area for one day where possible). A good map will help, and be sensible with timings: I prefer to over-estimate and then if something takes less time it’s a bonus.
Clothes-wise wear comfortable sensible shoes. Heels are a no-no evening in the evening due to the cobbled streets (all the locals wear wedges, I think I saw one person in heels the entire time I was there). You need to cover knees and shoulders in all churches, no exceptions. The Italians are extremely stylist and I’m glad I invested in some comfortable but smart clothes for our trip.
Buy a cross-body bag with a zip and internal compartments, and keep a hand on it at all times, especially in crowd and on public transport. Avoid rucksacks/backpacks and do not out any valuables in pockets. Only bring out the cash/cards you need each day, lock everything else in the safe.
Any questions, shout! Loved Rome, comes a close second to Amsterdam on my list of favourite cities 🙂
Post # 13
A couple of things I learnt from then I was there last October (or was it the one before?).
People there dress for the season and not the weather. So although it was really warm, I didn’t see anybody wearing summer clothes. It was weird! 26 degrees Celcius and people walking around in leather jackets.
Besides all the well known touristic attractions, here are a few hidden gems (you can Google them for more info)
Torre Argentina cat sanctuary
The Capuchin Monastery has an awesome ossiary
If you want to leave a love lock, the bridge to do it is Ponte Milvio
The Protestant cemetery has some famous “residents” including John Keats, Percy Shelley and also houses my favourite thing in Rome, which is the angel of grief sculpture, which has been copied many times, but this is the original.
Hostaria Romana – great restaurant. Needs reservations but you can turn up one evening and make reservations for the next. It is by far my favourite restaurant in Rome
Gelateria della palma – has hundreds (yes, hundreds) of gelato flavours.
And if you can, walk up the hill to the Aventine Keyhole. Don’t tell your other what it is, just ask him to look through the keyhole and be amazed!
Have fun, Rome is one of the most romantic places in the worls, what a wonderful choice for a honeymoon!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2017 - Rome
Rome is so beautiful – you will love it!
We have been a fair few times and we love it so much we are actually getting married there in August!
Our favourite ever day (most romantic) was a day trip out to Tivoli. Took 45 mins on the train (was really easy and only 3 EUR!) and we walked around the Villa D’Este. (See pic below) Its nice to get away from the hustle and bustle to a small town.
Best tip for when you’re in Rome itself – don’t get the metro – walk everywhere! You will find the best places just strolling around. Go into the churches as they are aweinspiring (even if you’re not religious).
Don’t stay in the Termini area as it is not the nicest at night. But the rest is great.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2017 - St.Matthews Church, Hants, UK
Comfy shoes!! Wedges for the evening not heels as you’ll really struggle. Anything knee length or longer and always carry a light cardigan/cotton jacket in the day so you can visit churches etc.
Things to do:
– Go for dinner in Trastavere
– The Vatican museum is incredible
– Top of the war memorial
– Villa Borghese (we got engaged here and it’s a gorgeous park with a museum at the centre) is perfect for a prosecco picnic
– Colosseum/Palatine Hill/The forum ( you get one ticket for this)
– Pizza from one of the little takeaway shops
– Gelato. Gelato every day.
– Evening walk through the city
And just walk! It’s an incredible city with so much to do, you won’t be bored.