(Closed) Italian Honeymoon!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We did a Europe honeymoon for about 6 weeks last year, and it was amazing!

We’d previously been to Venice, Rome and Florence so we opted to do a week-plus in Rome and Milan on our honeymoon and visit other countries. 

I personally loved Venice the most- whilst it is very touristy, it’s definitely true that you will end up getting lost in this amazing city and just wandering and exploring the countless alleys is an infinitely romantic experience. 

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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lac12:  I lived and studied Italian in Tuscany for a month in 2009. I may be the only person on the planet who wasn’t impressed by Florence, it was dirty and smelly and the queues were horrendous. On the other hand, I ADORED Sienna, its history, culture, beautiful piazza, great food….There are also lots of cool villages to visit around, especially if you like wine.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We did a road trip across Italy a couple years ago. We spent two weeks in Rome for work. Then drove down to Naples, then back up to Venice.  Rome is lovely, just walking around taking in the touristy sites will take a few days. Go to the trevi fountain, turn your back and toss a coin in over your shoulder. If it makes it in then you will return to Italy. Venice is worth going to if you can. It is a stunning city that might be available to tourists forever. The train system is very efficient over there. Stay away from eating near a major tourist spot. For the most part the food will be more expensive and less quality. Try to eat where the locals eat. The food is amazing! 

Word of caution- watch out for fires at night. I don’t know if it’s a Naples thing or italian thing (haven’t seen it anywhere else) but the fires are set by protitutes to attract customers at night. The pimp drops them off in the evening with a trunkful of cardboard. There were three groups across the street from our hotel and we were watching them nd laughing. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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lac12:  We’re planning our Italian honeymoon for end of September/early October. We were thinking of something similar, but decided to just do Rome and the Amalfi Coast (most likely staying in Sorrento). I think spending more time in a place is going to be more relaxing then spending that time on trains. I’ve been to Rome before and really enjoyed it, but watch out for peddlers around tourist areas, who will often force their goods into your hands. If you go to Amalfi, a day trip to Pompeii or Capri will be easy without having to spend the night. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lac12:  If you take into account that time is money then it is  probably not cheaper to fly Rome round trip.  Factor in the cost of train travel to back track and possibly an extra overnight hotel stay before departure.  

Does 11 days include travel?  Or is that 11 days on the ground?  Either way, 11 days isn’t enough time for me personally to waste back tracking to originating city to leave for home.

I would route my trip this way:

1. Fly into Naples, hire private driver to take me directly to hotel on AC for 4 nights

2. Return to Naples via private driver, train to Florence for 3 nights

3. Train to Rome for 4 nights, fly home from Rome.

If you decide that you don’t want to skip venice, you can stay there instead of Florence and visit Florence as a day trip from Rome.  If you aren’t super into Art, one day might be enough in Florence.

September is GORGEOUS on the Amalfi Coast, don’t short change your time there.  It is difficult to get to so make it worthwhile by staying no less than 4 nights.  Also if you are leaving shortly after your wedding you’ll be extra tired on top of regular jet lag so I’d want some extra time to rest & relax. 

FWIW for my honeymoon I would either spend the entire time on the AC/Capri (maybe bounce around a bit) or split my 11 days between no more the AC and one other area.  Just the AC and Rome for example.

Have fun!

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

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lac12:  with 11 days, I would pick two of those places; probably Rome and Florence, or Rome and the Amalfi coast.

We’re doing a 10 night trip in July, and are just doing Rome (4 nights) and Florence (6 nights) with a few hours in Pisa and Lucca on our last day before we fly back to the UK. 

From my research, I would say that depending on what you want to do, each of the places you have listed warrant around a week each. There is so much to see in both Rome and Florence and I think 3-4 nights in each place will feel extremely rushed, especially with travel time between each place, as well as into and out of Italy.

Rome and Florence are easy to travel between (it takes approx 80-90 minutes by train and doesn’t cost too much), hence why I suggest pairing those specifically, as you won’t lose much time travelling. There are also lots of places you can visit from Florence, such as Sienna, or, yuou might decide to stay slightly outside of Florence in Tuscany if you’d like a more relaxing break for that part of the trip.

I’m happy to share my itinerary with you for both destinations if it might help; we’ve planned it carefully to include plenty of ‘down time’ so that we’re not rushing from A to B and actually get time to relax/grab a drink/people watch etc.

Hope This Helps

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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serendipityz:  

Sorrento isn’t on the amalfi coast, though it is close to it.  I like the Amalfi Coast better but Sorrento is much more convenient for visiting Pompeii, Naples, etc.  

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

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lac12:  Personally it doesn’t concern me (we travel there in July). I would say a significant chunk of the world, including the USA and UK, is currently under threat from terrorism, and I refuse to put my life on hold because of ‘what if’s as it is basically letting them win. They’ve increased security significantly in Rome over the past few months (for example, no bags at all are allowed into the Colosseum any more), and, doing a bit of digging, articles identical to the one you’ve posted go back to February.

Just my $0.02.

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