(Closed) Advice for Italy Honeymoon….places to eat, things to do and things to avoid.

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Go to Cinque Terre while you’re in Tuscany!!!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

Thank you this is very informative!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I spent a year in Austria, but went all over Italy many many times. Most of my advice pertains to dining, because that’s where some awkwardness can happen:

1. A restaurant that has the primary menu in English is most likely a tourist trap

2. The breads/crackers on the table are NOT FREE! They know in America the bread on the table is free, so Americans eat it. If they give you bread and you want it, either expect to pay through the nose for it (like 15 euros for stale bread) or if you don’t want it, ask them to take it away. Same with the “specials,” if it’s not on the menu they’ll gouge you for it. My mom paid 8 euros for a 200 mL glass of orange juice in Spain because it was the “special” juice of the day.

3. If you order water, you will most likely get sparkling water, unless you specify still/flat/no gas

4. Ice in drinks isn’t a concept in Europe for the most part, and your drinks will be very tiny. You will also pay every time, there are no refills.

5. I know it’s nice to tip, and it feels weird not to tip 15%-20%, but usually if you just round up to the nearest euro bill, it’s fine and socially acceptable. For example, your dinner is 44 euros, 48-50 is a fine amount to leave. Any more than that and you look like a dorky tourist.

In Venice, spend a little time and study the public transportation boats. Unless you want a romantic and memorable gondala ride for the sake of it, don’t take one just for transportation. They try to convince tourists that’s the only way to get around, when in reality the public boats take you around much faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Europeans wear a lot of black, and more formal clothing. You DEFINITELY stick out as a tourist if you’re wearing colorful tee shirt, icky/tacky pants or shorts, and white/colorful sneakers. Invest in some black comfortable loafers or flats to wear walking around.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mckeestephanie:  I love Venice! Best thing I did there was wander off the beaten track, get lost in all the little streets – and one night we went to the Venice Jazz club, and when we left, there were young Venetians all over the streets drinking and chatting, amazing! 

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Don’t skimp on time in Florence…it’s so romantic. Also the Amalfi coast is sooooo beautiful. Have a wonderful time!

 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2014

How amazing!!! I went to all of those places on a holiday last year. I got engaged in Venice 🙂 Venice and the Amalfi Coast was my favourite. I don’t really have many recommendations… You have chosen great places so can’t go wrong. If you ask the hotel you are staying at for restuarant recommendations you generally get great local suggestions.  

On the Amalfi Coast itself, Amalfi is pretty overrated and I didn’t spend any time there. But Positano is AMAZING so make sure to go there. It’s really nice if you take a boat along the coast because you get beautiful views coming in and out of each place. We were based in Sorrento which was so cute and beautiful and a great location for getting everywhere. Also there is a cool place Ravello up on the hill past Amalfi with amazing views, especially Villa Cimbrone gardens. You could also go to Pompeii which is very interesting. Capri is amazing, make sure you go up to Anacapri, there is a gondola which goes right up to the top and has the most incredible views you will ever see! Be warned it gets very hot and crowded in Summer.

 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

just got back from italy.  i am more than likely too late, but one of the highlights of our trip was going to a restaurant called il latini in florence.  they basically just bring you tons food after asking you a few ?s about what you like.  it was amazing.  we were there for 2.5 hrs lol. (pricey, but totally worth it)

 

ETA: in response to a PP’s comment, we had no problems with eating the bread on the table and being charged a ton of $ for it, although places have a “bread and cover’ charge which is usually like 1-2 euros/person

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