(Closed) Help! We really want to go to Italy for our Honeymoon!!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Lschwartz2181:  i think if you just want to do tuscany,that might be enough time.  keep in mind you will prob have jet lag for a while.  not sure about cinque terre, but San Gimignano is small. we visited it for a few hours as a part of the walkabout tours best of florence tour and ate some gelato/walked around. it was cute but i didn’t think there was too much to do

Post # 4
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Would love to know more about this too!

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t think jet lag going was too bad.  You leave in the morning and get there mid-day after a 14 hour flight.  Take a little nap and power through to dinner, then you’ll be alright the next day. 

Tuscany is gorgeous, we’d love to go back for a week.  You can do Florence without a car (and should, most of it is a no-car zone and the busses are easy to use).  But outside of there, you’ll want to be able to drive.  And outside the cities is not as crazy.  Just don’t speed on the Autostrade.  Ask my husband how we know that.  🙂

Staying near Lucca might be cheaper but we thought the city was just so-so.  It’s an Italian city, but there’s a million little touristy shops, and nothing that special.  It has a wall around it – big whoop, that makes it a pain to park and walk in (you have to wallk in, no cars).  We did a day trip out to Lucca and Pisa and that was good.

There is an awesome outlet mall called “The Mall” right outside Florence.  GO. 

In Florence there is a ton of art and stuff to see, but not a week’s worth.  Buy tickets ahead of time and you’ll actually be able to get in to see what you want to see.  Our plans changed a couple times so we didn’t, and should have, even the day before.  We stood in line at the Museum d’Acedemia for over 3 hours in the hot sun, which was totaly worth seeing the David statue, but killed an afternoon.

Post # 6
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We were in Tuscany for a week and I felt that it was a good amount of time. We flew into Pisa because it was cheaper than Florence.

I would DEFINITELY rent a car. We drove all throughout Tuscany and it was super easy – exactly like driving in the US. We used our GPS, which we had bought the Italy program for off of Amazon. My Fiance used his phone GPS a few times too and it worked great (as long as you have international service).To be honest with you I don’t think I’d ever go to Tuscany without renting a car.

I wouldn’t drive in Florence, but you can easily take a bus into the city. Some of our best memories are of driving throughout the countryside, discovering off the beaten path vineyards and churches.

We stayed in Follonico (www.follonico.com), a charming B&B located in Monte Follonico, which is close to Pienza and very central to visiting the other hilltowns. Pienza was one of our favorites so we loved the proximity to the town. Fabio and his wife Suzanne were AMAZING hosts and their B&B was gorgeous. One of our most amazing meals in all of our trips to Italy was at a restaurant in Monte Follonico where Fabio had made us a reservation for our first night in town.

We visited Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Volterra (sigh…yes its the Tuscan city from Twilight), Lucca, San Gimi and Montalcino. A week was plenty of time to see all of these towns. You might need more time if you to go into Umbria though.

Outside of Montalcino I highly recommend stopping at the Sant’ Antimo Abbey, where you can hear monks performing Gregorian chants at a certain time of day (I can’t remember the time exactly, but I can find it if you’re interested). It was amazing!!

In Siena we did a hot air balloon ride over the countryside and it was fabulous!!! Pricey, but totally worth it, especially for your honeymoon.


I wouldn’t bother with Cinque Terre when you only have 7-8 nights. Also October isn’t the best time to visit the coast.

I have family in Milan and have been to Italy many times and I have to say that Tuscany is definitely one of my favorite areas.

Post # 7
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014



@Lschwartz2181:  I think jet lag depends too on time of day you travel. We’ve been to Italy and Spain and took a direct flight from Boston. The trip was 6 to 8 hours but we travelled at night (10pm flight) and arrived at 8am or whatever. OMG, the rest of the day I was a zombie. If you overnight it over there and cannot sleep on the plane which was the case for me, plan for a low key first day. I have found that daytime flights going to Europe are less frequent and more expensive than the more common red eyes. Going west you fly at night and coming back east you fly during the day.

Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@LilRhodyGem:  Very true!  We left Detroit in the early morning and got to Frankfurt at noon, so we just had to make it through the afternoon.  We pulled off the Autobahn for a nap and were good to go the rest of the way to Amsterdam.  I HATE redeye flights though – I can’t sleep on planes and it just ruins in the whole next day. 

Post # 9
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lschwartz2181: We flew into Milan (Chicago -> Amsterdam -> Milan) and took the train to Cinque Terre for 2 nights. We went in May and it was warm and sunny, great for boat rides, dining on the sea and going for long hikes. October/November might not be the best time to experience Cinque Terre. They had castastrophic flooding/mudslides in October 2011. It is a magical place though. Do some more research and determine if its worth visiting in the fall. 

We then took the train spent 7 nights in an apartment we rented in Florence for around $115/night. It was enormous, in a perfect locations, had laundry, a great kitchen, sweet little balcony, luxurious bathrooms and the owners gave great recommendations for non-touristy restaurants. We felt there was so much to see in Florence (so much gelato to eat!) and we enjoyed a few day trips, one to Pisa (so much more than the Tower!) and one to the Chianti wine region. We took the train or bus – a car was not necessary. Then we took the train back to Milan for one afternoon of shopping and dinner at a Michelan star restaurant. It was a perfect trip!


Post # 11
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Lschwartz2181:  I was going to say that i LOVED Florence. Seriously. It’s a really beautiful city. 

Post # 12
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We mainly visited Rome, Florence and Venice so I can’t really comment on the other cities you mentioned, but those 3 were all gorgeous IMO. I wouldn’t rent a car if you’re going to be in a big city. The driving there is scary, lol.

Post # 13
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My husband used to live in Montalcino and we visit Southern Tuscany very regularly indeed! I would certainly recommend hiring a car but not necessarily in Florence or Rome, neither are easy cities to drive around. However, Siena is possibly the most beautiful city in Italy and is a fantastic base for touring Tuscany. The hill towns around Montalcino are beautiful with Pienza and Montepulciano being particular favourites of mine. San Gimi (known in our family as St. Jimmys) is a bit too touristy for my taste to be honest but worth a visit although it’s a small place. 

As for weather, this could be the only disappointing part of your trip. October/November can be rainy. 


Hiring a car means you can get to some of the real Tuscan gems – Ste. Antimo, for example. Also, if you are into wine, it’s Brunello di Montalcino you’ll want to drink. For a tour, go here: http://www.castellobanfi.com/tour/


Jet lag won’t be a huge problem. I fly quite often between the UK and US and you’ll nearly always get a night flight which will arrive in the early morning in Europe. Just make sure you stay up until after dinner (try and get to 10pm local time) then have a night’s sleep. In the morning your system will be functioning on Italian time!


Post # 14
8871 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lschwartz2181:  we are going to italy.

was told not to go in august but april, may, and october are the best months to go.

i have friends that went in november.  they said nice but a little too chilly.

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