Post # 1
Looking for some insight from any bees who’ve done an Italian honeymoon/have been to Italy. Fiance and I plan to get a travel agent but I still can’t help trying to plan our itinerary out. Problem is, I’ve never left the states and have NO idea where to begin! I’m looking to relax, preferably by a beach, where the Fiance gets “itchy” if he’s not in motion. He doesn’t need to be “active” (think biking, hiking etc) per say, he just can’t do the same beach for two weeks (unlike me, where I’d be content!) I recognize this is a lifelong dream, so ideally it would be a combination of sun and rest/adventure. The only absolute thing we both want to do is see Venice- it’s both on our bucket list!
Any insight would be fantastic!
Post # 2
Italy is very easy to travel in, especially for first time tourists. Venice is amazing! Definately worth checking out. If you are looking for beachy areas close to Venice you could try the surrounding islands as Venice does not have a beach. You can look at the island of Lido, which is a 15 minute boat ride away, there are many water busses throughout the day. Lido Jesolo is on the main land (don’t mix them up! I did that once and it was not fun) about an hour from Venice by bus then water bus. It has many resorts, restaurant and a beautiful beach. Driving is easy in Italy but most rental cars are stick, not automatic. You can rent a car and drive around. For Venice you would return it/ pick it up outside the city and take a water bus into San Marco Square. Instructions are in English. Alternatively, and much easier, is to take the train. From Venice it is about an 8 hour ride to Rome. Definately worth checking out. Naples, not so nice. The train stations have kioskes with many language options and many people in Italy, especially in tourist areas speak English. It is always nice to learn key phrases- Hello, Thank you, You are Welcome, Goodbye, ect.
Not sure what kind of hotels you are looking for. I used hostelworld.com as a youth and expedia for hotels later. If you book directly wth the hotel then you have a better chance of being upgraded or given perks when you check-in rather than if you use a travelocity kind of company. Tourist tip- eat where the locals eat. The closer you are to tourist attractions the likeihood the food will be less quality and a higher price. In Europe it is common for restaurants to have the menu posted outside the front door with prices. Look past that, if you see many tourists then skip it, if you see locals then it is probably better. And in Italy have the house wine, not the most expensive bottle. I noticed it many places, they have wine on tap like beer. That stufff is (usually) pretty great. Just be aware of the metric system, I have been stuck with massive carafes a few times- not that I am complaining. More like, oh oopsie, guess we will be here a while. And in places not as touristy they might not have the seat toilets like we are used to, more like a hole in the floor. Be careful of that after (accidently) ordering too much wine.
Edit- if you will be there for two weeks you could also check out France and/ or Spain. Lots of beautiful beaches and amazing things to see. Check out musuems and churches, they are gorgeous.
Post # 3
You can stay on the Lido in Venice. It has a beach and then it’s just a quick boat ride (they have a boat metro-like system) to the main archipelago. That might satisfy both of you!
Post # 4
I just spent time in Rome and Positano. Amazing trip! The Amalfi Coast would be great for you guys. Lots of beautiful towns so you could go to a different one every day, and Capri is a short boat ride away. Some beautiful hiking, lots of shops and churches for sightseeing. One of the most romantic places ever.
Post # 5
Cinque Terre was amazing, it has beaches but also has the beautiful towns, boat trips, hiking trails, an easy bike path with views of the sea. You could spend 5 days there easily and get a mix of relaxing and seeing/doing things. Ive also heard great things about the Amalfi Coast and Capri but havnt been yet.
Similarly, not a beach but Tuscany. We stayed in a tuscan farmhouse with a pool and beautiful views. We also did day trips out to tuscan towns e.g Volterra, San Gimignano, Montepulciano etc.. and ate at italian restaurants and did wine tasting. It had a great mix of relaxing yet there was still plenty to do and see. Ive also heard great things about Elba Island.