(Closed) Honeymoon advice for Rome, Venice, Switzerland, Vienna

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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jolieqe:  My advice is not to go to 4 different cities and 3 different countries in 10 days.  

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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jolieqe:  We did Rome and venice on our honeymoon, and I’ve been to Switzerland.

Rome has so much to do and see- 3 or 4 days there would be well spent. If you want to get into the Coliseum and/or Vatican, you would be well served to look into a tour that offers separate entrance, otherwise you’ll be in line forever. I recommend the Pantheon, because it’s not as big of a draw for many people, and it’s so cool. Spend time wandering.

Venice, on the other hand, can be done in about 2 days quite well. There is less to do there besides get lost (lol). Be warned, Venice does smell like fish/ocean/aquiarium, especially in the hotter months. We were there in the very beginning of May, and DH complained about it (I just kind of got used to it). We did do a pretty cool kayak tour while we were there πŸ™‚

Switzerland, we were in small towns, but be warned that August 1 is their independence day and most everything is closed.

Have a great trip!

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Buzzing bee

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jolieqe:  Absolutely agree with
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lim3:  that this is far too much, especially if you are attracted to the relaxing and romantic vibes of some of these cities.

In Venice the list of standard attractions is quite well-known and includes the Basilica, the Ducal Palace, Salute, Redentore, I Frari, the Accademia, or a show at La Fenice (if that’s your thing).  However, the attractions are, in some ways, secondary to the whole sum total of this ridiculous, beautiful city that a bunch of people decided to build in a lagoon and that messes with your whole sense of space and time, especially if you are used to cars.  Just walking around is an activity in and of itself.

HOWEVER, even a rabid Venice-lover like myself has to concede that the areas just off the Grand Canal/San Marco/Rialto/vaporetto to Murano ARE AWFUL during the day. They’re filled with day-trippers who are in a hurry to check things off, which is the worst way humanly possible to try and see Venice, IMO.  You have to suck it up on at least one day so that you can do the Secret Itineraries tour of the Doge’s Palace and go inside San Marco but then spend the rest of your days on Burano, Torcello, Giudecca, Sant’Elena, the Lido, or anywhere else!  These same areas that are intolerable during the day are usually lovely at night, which is why one ought never to try and save money by staying in a hotel in Mestre on the mainland!

Gondolas–expensive, but (just IMO) if done in a quiet area of the city, a lovely experience. I have a marked personal preference for the Santa Croce/San Polo/Dorsoduro side as opposed to the San Marco side. I prefer to simply walk through Santa Croce toward San Polo until I find a little grouping of gondoliers (consider getting off the #1 vaporetto at San Stae and heading more or less to the left of the church–walking in that direction will take you toward San Polo sestiere).

Cultural note–As is the tendency in a lot of the northern regions of Italy, like the Piedmont and parts of Lombardy, Venetians tend to be more on the reserved side.  However, if you show the *slightest* interest in learning more about Venetian-specific food, history, etc., most people will warm up considerably.

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Buzzing Beekeeper

Rome- wonder around the old quarter. Piazza di popolo, trevi fountain (Turn your back and flip a coin, means you will return to Italy). Find old cathedrals and food where the locals eat. Explore the history, oh and lemon soda. It isn’t like sprite, it’s tastes like cabronated lemon juice. Very tasty. 

Venice- OMG love it. I have been there three times now, my favorite memory is being behind the music academy, having pizza, wine and hearing a student playing his voilen for tips. It’s gorgous. Again, just wander around. Take a gondola or water taxi. Find the history. It’s amazing

 

vienna- I don’t do much but walk around in the rain. It’s a beautiful city. 

 

If you like podcast then look at Stuff I Missed In History Class, find episodes I those cities. It will surprise you. In Venice I stayed I an apartment owned by the art university, they treated me as a student and showed me so much and it was $75 a night at the time. Hostelworld.com

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Helper bee

OMG I loved Rome and Venice.  I was in Venice for 3/4 days and that was fine.  The train to Venice goes through Tuscany (Florence) so it would be a great stop if you could fit it in.  I spent 2/3 nights in Venice and that was enough. I stayed in Mestre, which is a short (15 – 20 minute) train ride to Venice.  It is a great way to stay close to Venice without paying Venice prices.  I would spend all day in Venice and then take the train back to my hotel. 

 

In Rome I went to the Vatican, did the Pantheon, Coliseum, spanish steps and Trevi fountain all in one day b/c they are so close together.  I want to say that all of these items were within a 2- 5 mile radius so I pretty much walked everywhere. 

 

Have fun and I hope you enjoy! 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

Watch The Talented Mr. Ripley for a gorgous postcard of Italy. Stars Matt Damon, Jude law and gwenth paltraw

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

That’s a lot of travelling! Fiance and I have done those kinds of trips (visiting many places in a short amount of time) a few times and it’s exhausting.

I would spend most time in Vienna. There’s so much to do, and it’s a great place to just hang out. Zurich is not that great, especially compared to the other 3 cities. It has a much more business-oriented atmosphere.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it’s too much travelling, too. I’ve been to Italy twice, and I highly recommend both Rome and Venice. three days is plenty for Rome and 2 for Venice. Have you thought about maybe going to Florence? That was our favourite city in Italy. We also spent a couple of days Cinque Terre, which was beyond gorgeous and very romantic. 

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Buzzing bee

I have a food document for Rome and Venice I can email you if you PM your email address. I am utterly obsessed with food πŸ™‚ And I was born in Rome, been back like 10 times. 

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Sugar bee

I’d cut Switzerland. With that tight of an itinerary I’d stick to capital cities. If you do go then perhaps cut Vienna and go to somewhere more scenic than Zurich. Also, I only stayed 1 night in Venice and even that was enough to give me lasting memories of it. 

If you go to Vienna I recommend going on this romantic ferris wheel http://www.wienerriesenrad.com/en and visit the Vienna Secession gallery to see Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”.

And as others have said pre-book whatever you can in Rome.

Best piece of travel advice I ever received though was to not feel like you have to see everything, it’s fun to leave things to see next time πŸ™‚

 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

For our honeymoon, my husband and I planned a 16 days trip to London, Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam and Germany. It was amazing and unforgettable, but definitely we ended up tired every single day (we barely had sex the whole trip), there is so much to see and huge distances to walk, so maybe you can think expending 4 or 5 days in each country and make it more relaxing.

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