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My fiance and I are going to Italy for our honeymoon and I would love it if anyone who has ever been there can offer advice. Anything from a favourite restaurant to things to do that you loved. Also anything that wasn’t worth seeing/doing would be great as well.
We are going to the following places – Venice, Florence, Chianti region (Tuscany), Rome, Capri and Amalfi.
We will be in Naples for a couple hours before we get the ferry to Capri so any advice on a place to eat or even about getting the Ferry would be great too.
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Venice is amazing! Be sure to take the boats to Murano and Burano and see the glass blowing. For good food in Venice stay off the main path. The area near St. Marks is always over priced and just okay. I haven’t been in a while so I’m blanking on the names of restaurants, but definitely get a Bellini while you’re there!! So delicious!!
Have so much fun!! My Fiance and I are planning on a tour of Italy also!
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Thanks so much. We definitely want to stay away from tourist traps when it comes to restaurants. I also had no idea about the glass blowing so that is really cool.
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we are also a planning an italian honeymoon. who did you book through? an agent? by yourselves? other?
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In Rome our favorite restaurant is Al Duello. Seriously, its absolutely delicious. The host is a lovely lady – her husband is the chef and her sister is the waitress. We stumbled upon it one night and were lucky to get in, about 20 minutes later it was packed. Before we left we ended up making reservations for the next night. EVERYTHING is amazing, but the carbonara is out of this world!! I’ve been to Rome several times and while I’ve had a lot of delicious food, this place always stands out.
We’re going to Florence for part of our honeymoon, but we’re seriously considering taking a train to Rome for a day just to go back to this restaurant. FANTASTIC.
I have lots of recommendations in Tuscany, but not really for the Chianti region…
Post # 7
We went through Katie at Ever After Honeymoons. She is great to work with.
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@adoc86: Thanks so much. I love carbonara
Post # 9
Oh, I want to go back to Italy! We loved it so much.
My favorite thing we did was take a cooking class in Florence. The woman did private classes in her home, teaching classis Tuscan cooking. It was amazing. Her friend owns a vineyard and we brought home some olive oil and Chianti and it was also amazing. I can give you her info if you’re interested. It was not cheap but totally worth it. We learned a lot about the culture, the food, cooking, everything. She’ll customize whatever you want to do.
Make sure you buy tickets ahead of time for museums in Florence and probably Rome. We missed out some stuff because they were either sold out or the lines were just too long. Definitely go see DaVinci’s David at The Acedemy Museum though. It’s so much more impressive in person.
I’m a fan of going to eat wherever it smells good. Point at something on the menu and just try it. We had no bad food. 🙂 I’m not a fan of seafood, but luckily they divide the menu by Pesce and Carne so anything Carne was fair game by me.
Oh! The pizzeria where the idiots on Jersey Shore worked is in Florence. I don’t remember the name, and I had never watched the show, but we ended up there and they honestly have the best pizza. Get a shot glass or something from the Hard Rock in Florence, too. That’s our favorite one since it has the naked David rocking out. Hilarious.
A latte has no coffee in it, just FYI. 🙂
When you’re in Tuscany, Pisa is cool but we didn’t like Lucca much. There is also a really sweet mall right outside Florence called… The Mall. It’s super high end designer outlets. I got some sweet Prada shades.
Wear good shoes in Venice, the “streets” are all stone. The Guggenheim Museum is definitely worth a visit if you like art. It’s a really eclectic collection and very interesting.
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LOVELY!! So in Naples, watch your stuff.. it was the only place I felt unsafe. You’ll notice a ton of street vendors, but don’t be surprised when they suddenly grab their stuff and disappear – they sell a lot of fake designer bags and the cops are always after them.
As PP said, bring practical shoes because most places are cobblestone. If you insist on fancy, opt for wedges. I ADORED the Guggenheim in Venice but I’m a super art nerd and practically drooled all over it.. the security guards were worried I’d either drop dead on the spot or start making out with the artwork. The art in Italy is outstanding.. definitely go, even if you have even a mild interest.
Finally I suggest you stop by an absolutely magical and incredible city just outside of Venice… Siena. It’s like walking into a medieval storybook. I ADORED Siena.
Capri and the Amalfi coast are amazing so be prepared to swim in some seriously gorgeous waters. If you have time for a trek by Cinque Terre it’s also worth your while.
Omg I’m so excited for you – have fun!!!
ETA! Make sure you check out the blue grotto while in Capri!!!! It’s worth the money.. 🙂
Post # 11
Wow thanks for all the advice!!
Post # 12
What a great choice for a honeymoon!
In Rome, check out Trattoria della Stampa (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d2092218-Reviews-Trattoria_della_Stampa-Rome_Lazio.html) … it’s very, very local, with excellent food. I suggest trying the cacio e pepe or their speciality, the spaghetti all’amatriciana. Also, try Sacro e Profano, located on the same street as Trattoria della Stampa … it’s a Calabrian restaurant, so the food is a little different than the other Roman fare you’ll find, but the restaurant itself is an old church. The frescoes are beautiful! (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d801492-Reviews-or10-Sacro_e_Profano-Rome_Lazio.html#REVIEWS) For reference, both of these make a lovely, convenient stop for lunch or dinner after visiting the Trevi Fountain.
In Florence, I can’t recommend La Mescita enough … it’s nothing fancy, but the food is delicious and cooked on-site by “Momma,” and her two sons run the front of the house. Table wine is 2 euros a glass — and it is delicious. We ate here every chance we could while in Florence, which is actually where we got engaged! It’s a little tricky to find and has short hours, but it’s a great find. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187895-d1088166-Reviews-La_Mescita-Florence_Tuscany.html
In Naples, make sure to hit up Pizzeria Da Michele (yes, it’s the place from Eat, Pray, Love … but it really might be the best pizza in the world.)
Enjoy! Italy has got to be the most romantic place in the world.
Post # 13
Bumping this in case there is anymore advice.
Post # 14
Venicewas a dream come true for me. It feels like you have been there before because it looks just like all the pictures.
Post # 15
Tripadvisor and Rick Steves’ guidebooks are the way to go. I’ve been to Italy twice–my husband several times–and we went for our honeymoon.
I hope it’s ok to link to my blog, but I blogged about both trips. We went to all the places you are wanting to go: http://www.abigailboatwright.com/search/label/Italy
Hope this helps!
Post # 16
i did a ton of research before our trip to italy last fall and put it all into an itinerary document. PM your email and I’d be happy to send it along!