Post # 1
My Fiance and I are doing something a little crazy for our honeymoon… we are going backpacking through Italy and Greece…. does anyone have some spots we MUST see while there? Or any REALLY good restaurants we must eat at? We are beginning the planning now… and neither of us are familiar with that area because well… we have never been there! Hence the reason we want to go!! And what can be more romantic than that? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
Haven’t been to Greece (it’s on the list!) but have been to Italy several times and *love* it. I seriously think if you can only see one country in the world, Italy would be a good choice! Have you decided which cities you’re going to visit and how you will travel between them? It’s a bit hard to give restaurant recommendations without that information 🙂
Your must see list in Italy should include Florence, Rome and Venice, IMO. Depending on how much time you have and what time of year you are visiting, you could also include Pisa, Naples, Verona and maybe some time in Tuscany, on the coast or in the Alps. (Personally I think anywhere is great.) Train travel is very easy. Learn some local phrases. Eat where the locals are eating. Buy food at the markets. Walk as much as you can (you see more that way). Keep a close eye on your belongings (pick pockets are very common). Stay in 2 or 3 star hotels rather than private hostel rooms, but don’t expect a fancy or filling breakfast – the Italians just don’t do that.
My favourite guides for travelling are Lonely Planet, and if you are backpacking (as opposed to other ways of travelling) they will probably be a good choice. Have a great time 🙂
Post # 4
LOVE Italy! Mr. & I are not backpacking types (well, I’M not), so my experience there may not help. BUT…our favorite culinary experience EVER was in Venice, at Cipriani’s. It’s the restaurant al fresco located at the Cipriani Hotel, which has its own island. It’s VERY expensive & the men are required to wear jackets/coats, but it was UNFORGETTABLE & worth every centime! Your experience starts with leaving your hostel or hotel all dressed up to the motor boat stop reserved for Cipriani guests. The motor boat arrives at your reservation time & you are greeted as you board, by name (a way to hear your new married name, if you choose to take on a new one). The boat then jets you across the Venitian canals directly to Cipriani, where you de-embark & are again greeted by name & taken to one of, I think, six tables reserved for you. The best, EVER, culinary experience ensues over 3-4 courses under the night sky. When your meal is over (after espresso or digestif, of course), you are jetted back to reality in style.
Other unforgettable experiences: climbing the Duomo in Florence (there is no better view), gelato on the Spanish Steps in Rome (do this at night, with the locals as they passagiata – take a walk after dinner), hiking the Cinque Terre (five towns on the Italian Riviera)…if going to Cinque Terra, stay outside them (we stayed in Santa Margherita) to get a more local, less touristy experience. Don’t forget to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, cliche-ic, I know, but if you like your stay in Rome, this guarantees your return (I’ve already been back!). Oooh, and if you like the history, go to the Forum, then wait for an English speaking tour & tag-along…you’ll make a donation at the end, but it’s SOO worth it, as I think the Forum just looks like a bunch of white rocks without the explanation of how things were in ancient times.
Hope that helps!
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2010 - University of Toronto Faculty Club
My favourite spot in Ialty was Cinque Terre. It’s completely amazing!
Post # 6
Thank you for the great suggestions!! 🙂
@ mountain.bride: We have 2 weeks, so one week in Italy and one week in Greece, and we are planning on renting smart cars in each country to get from place to place. As for the cities we are visiting…. we are really open still. We are starting in Rome becuase that is where our plan comes in…. but after that we want to have a loose itinerary and see where the wind blows us 🙂
@ ms.pascua: Great ideas!! 🙂 Thank you!! That gives me a great place to start!! 🙂 🙂
@knitting: Thank you for the link!! That is a great resource!! 🙂 It sounds MAGICAL! 🙂
Post # 7
You must go to the island of Santorini. it’s an amazing honeymoon spot. if you want a cheap (and nice) place to stay while there, I recommend Pension George. It’s just outside of the main city, Fira.