- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
I loved planning our delayed honeymoon so much, I figured I should share what we did/how we did it! I know I relied HEAVILY on advice from people on trip advisor, so maybe someone else will be able to use some of our advice 🙂
We did not have a budget, but I planned on spending approximately $100/night on hotels or apartments. We chose to spend our time in the Tuscany region (7 days), Rome, (3ish days), and the Amalfi Coast (4 days).
We rented an apartment for our time in the Tuscany area for $725 USD….it was in a small town called Collodi, 30 minutes from Lucca. Since we were able to have a kitchen, it saved us alot of money on food, allowing us to store breakfast food, snacks, and cook a couple meals. From there, we did day trips. We went to Pisa, Lucca, hiked the entire Cinque Terre hike (although there were mudslides recently, I believe), Florence, and spent one very long day in Venice. The train ride to Venice was 3 hours, and unless Venice is a must see, I wouldn’t recommend that kind of day trip. One day we just hung around our area and ate gelato and went to see an 11th century bridge….tough day 🙂 The biggest tips I have are to reserve major museums in advance, and to have a map of each city with the things you’re most interested in seeing circled on it. It allowed us to maximize our time and not spend the day wondering around getting lost, although that can be fun too! We had a rental car for the week, but took the train to Florence and Venice as parking there is NOT easy. Almost everything we did came from Rick Steves, Italy, book….right down to where you should park to get into places like Cinque Terre and Lucca. He had the most cost effective methods for everything!
Next, we dropped our car off in Pisa, and took a train down to Rome. We arrived mid-day, and spend that evening on a 2.5 hour walking tour from New Rome: Free Walking Tours. That’s right, it was free (tip recommended). Great way to get an overview of Rome. I was surprised at how much I loved Rome, considering Florence was my least favorite in Tuscany, but I LOVED Rome…so much to see! We booked the Underground Colosseum Tour ahead of time, and did that early one morning. That ticket allows you to see the Romun Forum and Palentine Hill later that day, and I would definitely recommend starting early….less crowds, not as hot, and there is just so much to see in those 3 places! We stayed at Hotel Enrica, simple, but clean, and in a decent location near the train station, for around $100 USD/night. In Rome, the key is, again, a map! 🙂 We had also picked out our most important things ahead of time, so we got those in first. It was a good thing, because I had a long list of stuff to do, but we most definitely didn’t get to do all of it. We booked ahead for both the Colosseum and the Vatican.
Then it was time to head down to Positano. We took a bus (from the other train station in Rome, NOT Termini), down to Sorrento, and then another bus to Positano. I researched all kinds of options to get frome Rome to Positano, and it was the most direct while being cost effective. Obviousely, a private car is the way to go if you have the money! We chose Positano because it was quieter and more romantic than Sorrento, but not as far south as Ravello and Amalfi. Our hotel, Residence La Tavolozza, was 95 euros per night, and was spacious and beautiful, with a balcony overlooking the ocean. Positano was so amazing, we never left it, despite plans to see Sorrento and Pompeii. We did make a day trip to Capri though, on a boat tour that allowed us time to swim in grottos, and a day to ourselves on Capri.
So there’s our honeymoon! It was amazing in every possible way. We flew into Pisa, and out of Naples, and it was actually cheaper than flying into Rome. The entire trip cost roughly $5k….I don’t have an exact figure because our flights got messed up, costing us an unintentional rental car, etc. We spent $1800 on flights (total), and somewhere between $100-120/ night for hotels. Our other major costs were train tickets to Florence and Rome. I tried to cut costs by having an apartment for a week, eating sandwiches for lunch, etc.
Hope this helps in some way!