Post # 1
I’d love to go to Italy for a honeymoon. I’m thinking Rome, maybe Naples, and somewhere in the north? Or somewhere with a nice beach area. For a total of 7-12 days.
Does anyone have recommendations for Italy?
And would $5000 be enough of a budget? I think airfare alone would probably be half of that…
Post # 3
I’ve been to Rome and Florence – I loved the former, but didn’t really get the appeal of the latter. Either way, I’ve heard that there’s a lot of crime in Naples; there seems to be an especially high number of pickpocketed tourists.
Post # 4
I’m not a fan of Italy. The guys blatently oogle you and everywhere you go you will get ripped off.
Post # 5
I loooved Siena and Florence, but if you’re looking for something gorgeous and beachy I’d go Sorrento (also gorgeous) or anywhere along the Amalfi coast. Cinque Terre is also STUNNING.
It’s kind of true about the oogling (I just ignored it) and everything does cost a lot, but like travelling anywhere, if you plan ahead and are smart about where you choose to go for a coffee or dinner (just stay off the main strip) you’ll be good to go 🙂
Post # 6
I was in Italy for 18 days in September and LOVED it! We went to Venice, Genoa, the Cinque Terre, Siena, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. I’d definitely go to Rome and Venice is awesome – but you only need about 2 days. If you want the beach – go to the Amalfi Coast instead of Naples. We loved every city we visited and we plan to go back to Italy for our honeymoon! PM me if you want more information!
Post # 7
I’ve been to Rome and Venice. Venice is beautiful, but you run out of things to do quickly. In Rome, there is a TON of stuff to do, provided you are into ancient history. No good beach place, though. I hear Sicily is beautiful, too! Lots of beaches there.
ETA: I’m not sure what airfare is right now, it changes a lot, but I’d plan on spending $1,200-$1,500 per roundtrip ticket, plus the cost of traveling within Italy if you are planning on going to different cities. As far as the rest of your costs, food is pretty expensive (but delicious of course!), and the cost of your housing will depend on where you want to stay and how long you will be there. You can do Italy for fairly cheap, but you don’t want to be staying in cheap sketch places on your honeymoon!
Post # 8
In June? I’d go to Amalfi and Cinque Terre. Be prepared though for hoardes of tourists at this time of the year. I adore Rome. I have been in May and September and let me tell you – May was scorchingly hot. I went to college in Texas and I felt like Rome was much more miserable in terms of heat/humidity. Florence seems to be a constant favorite among my traveling friends. Venice is hit or miss with most people – its rare that I hear someone say that they love Venice. Most people seem to hate it or think its ‘just okay.’ I wouldn’t recommend Naples when you have so many other, ‘better’ options.
Tuscany is breathtakingly gorgeous. Our last trip we rented a car (very easy to drive in Italy – at least in the countryside) and drove to a bunch of the Tuscan hilltowns. We stayed at a little B&B outside of Pienza for a week. It was idyllic and one of my favorite trips to Italy. I highly, highly recommend it.
$5000 for 10 days would be very tight, but I think it could be doable if you find a good deal on flights. 7 days is more ideal with your budget. There have been a couple of times where I have flown to Italy for less than $600 including taxes and fees. If you’re going in June though you don’t have much time to stalk rates.
Hotels are pricey in the high season and you don’t get much for what you pay for. Last time I was in Rome (2011) I paid $2800 for 6 nights. It was NOT a fancy/romantic place. We mainly were paying for location. But the good location saved us Taxi fees and allowed us to go back to our room throughout the day, to get ready for dinner, etc. If you want something romantic and honeymoon-esque be prepared to pay. You could stay in hostels though or hotels a little farther out and make it affordable. It just depends what you’re looking for. Our Tuscan B&B was very romantic and not very expensive, if you’re interested.
Not going because of oogling is silly to me. If you are blonde (I am) you will get it every second of every day. Who cares? I’m not going to forego visiting a country because people find me attractive. It happens in France, Greece, Turkey and loads of other countries.
We are going to Istanbul & Florence for our honeymoon. Our flights came out to $1800 for both of us.
Post # 9
Why on earth there is such a huge gap between my paragraphs, I have no idea…
Post # 10
@adoc86: Wow…I would love love love to know how you got a flight to and from italy for $600. Do you use a certain website to keep an eye on flights?
We’re planning on going in October and I keep putting it off because flights are scaring the heck out of me, price wise.
Post # 11
@everyheart: I lived in Rome for 5 months and did lots of traveling around the country while there. I wouldn’t go to Naples with limited time, there is a lot of crime and it’s pretty dirty. My favorite “big” Italian cities are Capri, whch is an island off the coast of southern Italy, Venice, which is just incredible (and is northern Italy), and of course, Rome.
I’d spend the most time in Rome, as there is just so much history there, I feel like I didn’t see everything living there for 5 months! Capri is very beachy and romantic, feels almost like Greece. You have to take a boat there from Sorrento (Sorrento itself is very beautiful, and known for their limoncello… yum!) Venice is just a must-see, such a unique and intriguing city.
$5000 may be doable, if you do a lot of research and planning with logistics. Just do research on the cheap hotels, as some of them can be pretty sketchy.
Also, the Eurostar Italia, or ES, is a train that runs through Italy and connects the major cities. It’s an economical way to travel through Italy and see some of the beautiful countryside.
Post # 12
I’ve been to Italy twice and both times I’ve LOVED it. Last summer I went to a wedding out in the mountains and it was beautiful. The city it is in is called Rieti. The villa we stayed in is called the Park Hotel Villa Potenziani, and it was inexpensive, actually. GORGEOUS views from the room. I think it would be perfect for a few days of relaxing vacation after non-stop sightseeing in the major cities. If you rent a car it’s faily easy to get to, but using public transit it’s a bit dicey. I took public transit.
Rome is worth a month of visit, although you don’t have time for that. The Colosseum is worth the price. As is a guided tour of the Roman Forum.
I’m an art historian, so I also highly reccomend anything in Florence. The Academia is where you find Michelangelo’s David and it, too, is worth the price of admission, in my opinion.
Eat everything. Seriously. If they offer it, try. You’ll be amazed how GOOD everything is.
A word of advice: If you plan on swimming in an Italian swimming pool remember to bring swim caps for both of you. It’s apparently a cultural thing. Our British/American group got lots of flack for not having them (we didn’t know!)
Post # 13
I second Capri! We took a day trip there- but I think it’d be awesome to stay a night or two! Or you could make Positano or Sorrento your homebase and take day trips. We did 18 days for about $8k – we stayed in mostly B&Bs and on average spent about $100 euros a night and I would go back to every single place we stayed. We splurged on some meals but it was worth every penny. I did a ton of research on everything and it paid off.
Post # 14
@KateByDesign: Just luck, I think. The times I’ve gotten those types of deals I booked SUPER early – like right when the dates opened up for flights. I usually just use Expedia, nothing special. Often I think the airport you’re flying into makes a big difference. I’ve never found any deals like this for flying into Rome. Everytime I got it under $600 I flew into Milan or Pisa. Its easy enough to take a train from there though and still less money in the long run.
Last year I found roundtrip flights to Istanbul in September for $520 w/taxes&fees. I saw them in May though, so it wasn’t necessarily far in advance. Of course, I didn’t need them then. Our openjaw honeymoon flights were $1800 total for both of us – going into Istanbul and out of Florence. Not such a good deal this time around 🙁
We’re going in October, too. I was hoping for prices to come down, but they weren’t and I got scared they would just keep going up so I took the plunge.
When planning a trip I turn into a flight stalker 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I went to Rome, Florence and Venice when I was a teen. I loved Venice– it’s beautiful and totally romantic (too bad I was there with my dad!)
More recently, my husband and I did a first anniversary Euro trip and stayed in Rome for 4 days. We loved it! There’s so much to see and do. I highly recommend taking walking tours. We did two, and we would have done more if we had known how awesome they were. We ended up getting a private tour of the coliseum beacause no one else booked it. Our hotel was near the coliseum (walking distance), and it was great. We walked everywhere. The shopping district and restaurant district are awesome. I highly recommend a catacomb tour– so cool! I ended up breaking my foot on the way to the Vatican, so I can’t comment about their tours. I did go when I was young, and it was pretty darn awesome.
In terms of air fare, we actually flew from DC to London and Paris to Rome and Rome back to DC for $2500 (total)– so check around for just flights to and from Rome.
Oh, and we did the whole shabang (London, Paris, Rome) for 10 days for around $5500. We didn’t exactly travel all that cheaply either.
Post # 16
We went in the summer, Rome (wonderful but very expensive, take a guidebook and go off the beaten track for food and its 100 x more amazing and half the cost). If you end up going make sure to check out the Catacombs along with everything else, they were amazing!
We also did naples which to be honest was an absolute dump. Its filthy and there is rubbish EVERYWHERE, prostitutes everywhere at all hours of the day, damaged roads and paths and really didnt feel safe at times during the day and definitely not at night. We had 4 days booked there and we went to Pompeii (worth a visit) then cut it short and left 2 days early.
We then went to a place called Montecassino which is beautiful, very authentic italy and has a beautiful monastery and some old war sites. We really wanted to go to Ischia but couldnt fit that in in the end, nor could we fit Cinque Terre 🙁
Finally we visited some towns in Abruzzo which is in the mountains, they had just had an earthquake recently so it was actually in ruins, but it was lovely nonetheless.
I dont know if you plan to drive (which is what we did), the roads are so fantastic compared to in the UK, straight and very well maintained. That meant however that there were ALOT of tolls, so unless you use a non-toll route (we didnt) it costed us about £200 in tolls from north of italy/swiss border to get to Naples/Rome. I would definitely recommend driving once you are out of Rome though.