Post # 1
Did you book everything yourself, go through a travel agent, found any deals on all inclusive packages? I found a package through Virgin Vacations, but it seems almost too good to be true and I’ve only found one review (which of course was good).
Post # 4
We did everything all-inclusive, and I’ve got to say looking back, it would definitely have been cheaper to do things seperately. The flights, at least from UK to Rome, weren’t as regular as we would have liked so we could only do blocks, e.g. 3 days or 6 days or 9 days, or else we couldn’t get back.
What I will say is that getting transfers from the airport to your hotel is extremely useful. I found Rome quite complex, if we’d had to walk it we’d definitely have gotten lost.
Oh, and I know this isn’t about travel, but just a bit of advice – Motorists do not stop for pedestrians. You have to pretty much hurl yourself into the road to make them stop. It’s insane, so good luck.
Post # 5
We travel regularly to Italy (DH used to live there when a postgrad) and always book separately. Expedia is a good site to use to put together flights and accommodation.
Post # 6
We booked everything separately and stayed in small guest houses and apartments. We rented a gorgeous apt in Florence for much less than we would have paid for a hotel!
Post # 7
I lived in Florence and my brother lived in Venice and I have travelled to Italy many times, once using an all-inclusive package (because my best friend had never been and money was tight and I really wanted to go back because I missed it so much). I would really suggest avoiding all-inclusive trips. Often the food is hotel food and it’s really bad compared to what you can get if you go to real restaurants. Plus you are stuck on a bus with a bunch of people and you are stuck with their time-line rather than discovering your own time-line. Italy is about the culture and a huge part of that is the food. It’s best to go and discover the places you love on your own. If budget is an issue you can always book into pensiones (like a bed and breakfast). I did this when travelling in school and if you are with another person they are often the same price or less than hostels (for your own room, with a bathroom and breakfast) and they are often run by lovely locals that can suggest amazing things to see and places to eat!
If you pm me I can send you a google map I made of my favourite places in Florence and one that my brother made for Venice (we made them for friends and family who were always asking for advice of where to go and what to do in these cities).
Post # 8
@ZebraPrintMe: Thanks! Yeah, the transfers are what I’m most worried about.
Thanks for the replies! I’m guessing no one has used Virgin than?
Post # 9
Transfers are often surprisingly easy in Italy. It all depends on which airports you’ll be flying onto but there’s often a designated airport shuttle that’ll take you downtown or a good metro link. It’s worth doing some research online.
Post # 10
I just went on my honeymoon to Italy in May. I would suggest doing everything on your own and booking things separately. I did a ton of research on hotels and used tripadvisor a lot to see what other travelers had to say. I also paid a bit more to stay in hotels that were close to the sights and I would highly recommend that. We didn’t have to use a taxi at all or really even public transportation because we could walk everywhere. (Altho we did take trains between the major cities). I loved being able to see the Pantheon from my hotel room in Rome and the Duomo from my room in Florence. The rooms weren’t super fancy but for me the location was more important than the amenities – try to figure out what is most important to you before you book anything so that you have an idea of what type of honeymoon you want. I had seen most of the sights in Italy when I lived there but my husband had never been to Europe at all so I wanted to make it more of a sightseeing trip than a relaxed beach tyoe of honeymoon. And I loved using the site viator.com for guided tours of certain places…it allowed us to skip long lines and in Rome we did an underground tour of the Colosseum..so worth the money!!
Post # 11
DH and I just got back from a 3 week Europe vacation and we spent about a week in Italy. I booked everything separately on my own. I consulted Rick Steves Italy book (which was a huge help with everything from hotel recommendations to suggestions for avoiding lines at the major attractions). It’s so much cheaper to put together your own trip than go with something prepackaged. Good luck!
Post # 12
posting to follow! Great advice so far…
Post # 13
@ruby26: Ruby, what did your itinerary look like? DH and I are debating a 2 or 3 week trip next year, thank you for your help!
Post # 14
@edgebee: Here’s the rough version:
1 night in Paris (round trip tickets flew to Paris via a stop in Dublin)
2 nights in Ibiza, Spain
3 nights in Rome
Travel Day- Rome -> Pisa -> Cinque Terre
2 nights in Cinque Terre
Travel Day- Cinque Terre -> Florence -> Venice
2 nights in Venice
2 nights in Wroclaw, Poland
1 night in Warsaw, Poland
1 night in Bayeux, Normandy (France)
4 nights in Paris
Hope this helps! Feel free to PM me if you want any tips or suggestions!