(Closed) Italian Honeymoon Tips, Please!

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

p.s. Good advice from PP about camera speeding tickets. The signs are round, with ZTL on them (zona traffico limitato) and maybe blue, if I recall? Agree that you don’t need much time in Venice. Plan to drag your luggage over cobblestone and every water taxi because there’s no way to drive by car/taxi throughout much of it. Don’t play in the water (raw sewage) – I was there during a particularly bad acqua alta event and was surprised how many fools were frolicking around in it. Eat regionally and seasonally – don’t expect amazing pizza in the north or panzanella in the south, for instance. Have a great time!

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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annb9:  ahh this makes me so happy. We honeymooned there this past end of July/beginning of August and it was FABULOUS. We did Sorrento and the amalfi coast and hoenstly we absolutely LOVED it. We are actually planning on going back again but to a different region. 

That time of year was super hot so just be prepared for that when you are in Amalfi. We did an absolutely amazing breath taking hike from Ravello to Amalfi walking through lemon farms, olive farms and it was gorgeous. I cannot speak more highly of the lemon/cheese making trip we did. I initially didn’t want to do it because it seemed too touristy but it was the highlight of our trip! The people we went with were like old friends and we spent way more than the alloted time haning out and drinking delicious wine. 

What kind of things are you guys into?? 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I much prefer Lake Garda to Lake Como so I would personally start off there.

You could also consider going tpo Sardinia for a few days, they even have a pink beach there called Spiaggia Rosa, Sardinia is my favourite part of Italy

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

Your plan sounds wonderful! I have been to Lake Garda, Venice and Rome and all were beautiful. I would love to visit the Amalfi Coast some day.

Rome was our most recent visit to Italy and we stayed in Dharma Hotel which was very nice and modern. We chose a room with a balcony which was difficult to come by in Rome.

If I could make one suggestion for an addition to your itinerary, it would be to add a visit to Sardinia whilst on the Amalfi Coast (I would imagine you could travel by boat from here). My Fiance is half sardinian and it is a beautiful island renowned for its beaches.

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Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

not tons of help atm but we are doing 2 weeks in italy and will be posting full recaps on the blog 🙂

also, we booked all of our stays with Air BnB for a more “authentic” experience! 

Post # 23
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I spent a couple weeks in Italy after college. Rome was easily my favorite, then Florence, and then Venice. Honestly, I didn’t care for Venice and won’t be back. Very touristy.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

annb9, congrats!  Great choices!  I love Italy, I have to go at least once a year!

Here are my tips – 

When choosing accommodations, check that they not only have AC, but that they have GOOD AC, it will be hot!  

If you opt for apartment or b&b stays be aware that many do not have lifts, so check into that specifically so there are no surprises.

Since airbnb has been mentioned I will point out that while it does offer some nice properties at good prices it can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth when only staying for a short time.

You will have to arrange a set meeting time & point to check in and out.  You won’t have support staff to answer questions, call a cab, book a tour or make a dinner reservation for you.  Which is all fine, many people get on just fine without that, including me.  BUT, only if I am staying for at least 4 or more nights.  Otherwise just the check-in process alone is not worth the hassle.  As well if staying for say, a whole week in one place then I am afforded the time it takes to figure things out myself.  On a 3 night (which equals 2 days) stay I don’t want to lose a half hour to finding the closest taxi rank & trying to make dinner reservations.  

If you’re planning on 5 bases in fifteen days that equals 2 to  3 days in each location.  If it were me I would use hotels in that case. I might as well add that I would not do more than 4 bases in 15 days (I would eliminate the AC because it is most out of the way and you will get the seaside fix while in Como)  You will lose a half day (at least) each time you move to a different location.

I should also add that I am not the type that likes to be on a very scheduled vacation, I do not like my whole day pre-planned or on a rigid schedule.  I like to see where the day takes me.  Plenty of people do like to have all or most of their time all planned out.  Those types can make dinner reservations before even arriving in Italy, and having to meet the apartment owner at the cafe on the corner of such & such at exactly 3pm won’t be a burden.  So if you’re that type then maybe airbnb is okay for short stays.

It sounds to me that you guys might really enjoy an agiturismo stay for part of your trip, maybe in Tuscany.  I stayed in one a few years ago and loved it.  

You’re going at a very busy time of year, the best & most affordable accommodations fill up fast so the sooner you can get them arranged the better.   

Have fun!

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We just got back from Venice, and our experience was amazing! We avoided the busiest part of the winter carnival so Venice was laid back, not too crowded, and really incredible. I agree with previous posters that seeing it once is enough, but I also think that seeing it once is an absolute must do. I’d suggest researching it before you visit, because knowing the history behind it and appreciating everything that it’s survived really made me fall in love.

We stayed at Ca’ Amadi, and I loved it. The location was a five minute walk to the St Mark’s Square but also very close to Rialto Bridge so we could head into the less toursty areas. It’s a very small B and B, five rooms I believe, and we got the suite because it was right on the canal and amazingly romantic.

 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’ve never been to Lake Como, so I can’t really say anything about that, but as far as relaxing holidays go, I can definitely recommend Lake Garda (particularly Malcesine). I’ve been there multiple times and have loved every minute of it. I love the mountains, but I equally love being by the water and I feel like at Lake Garda you get the best of both worlds. Plus it’s not far from Milano, either. However, looking at pictures of Lake Como online, it seems like it as a relatively similar feel to it. If that’s the case, you’re definitely in for a treat!

Sorry this post hasn’t been particularly helpful. Just wanted to share my love for North Italian lakes! 😉

Edit: Oh, I can actually tell you a few things about Venice. The city is always crowded, but I’d definitely go on a weekday since it’s supposed to be even worse on weekends. If budget is not a concern, I’d recommend staying at the Hilton Molino Stucky. It’s a restored flourmill and absolutely gorgeous! They also offer free shuttle boats for guests, so you’re in the heart of the city within minutes, but at the same time you don’t have to deal with the noise as it’s a little outside of the centre (across the canal, to be exact). Also I’d skip climbing the Campanile di San Marco and visit the clock tower of San Giorgio Maggiore, a former plague church which is right opposite of the Piazzetta San Marco on the other side of the lagoon, instead. You’ll get a lovely view of the entire city, including the main sights, from there, which you can’t see from the Campanile. That’s actually one of my favorite things to do in Venice!

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Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Try and go to Capri it’s anazing

if u do stay at la minerva! Look up on trip advisor! best place ever

In Tuscany check out montepulciano, cortona, lake lake trasimeno… All amazing!

enjoy! Italy is the best! 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

In Venice, you definitely want to stay in the Dorsoduro area- it’s a lot quieter and much nicer than other areas but within walking distance and one water taxi stop to saint marks. It’s a world of difference in feeling though especially in the summer because there won’t be so many people! We stayed in Centurion Palace- a modern hotel on the canal. No words for my experience there. It was absolutely incredible. The hotel treated us like royalty! If you book there let me know and I’ll give you the GM’s email so he can make sure he know it’s your honeymoon. 

In Tuscany, I would definitely do Florence. I love the area surrounding the Bobolo gardens. We stayed in the Soprarno Suites and it was a great experience. Rooms are massive and boutiquey and very fairly priced for the great location and style. 

Lake Como is gorgeous. Avoid the city of Como which is the first “stop” on the lake and the least nice and vacation like. Ive stayed on Bellagio which is very pretty but there are several other beautiful parts of Lake Como. 2-3 nights is sufficient. There’s not a whole lot to see. 

 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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DomesticDiva:  ha! I Couldn’t agree more about Venice! I saw it in a day and was over it! I got some awesome pictures but wasn’t impressed! It was jam packed with tourists, smelled horrible and was pretty dirty! Florence was amazing and wasnt on the original itinerary but since we left Venice so quick we were able to go and so glad we did! One of my favorite cities in Europe!

Post # 30
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Newbee

Hi!

I’m Italian, so I’ll try to give you some first-hand advice:

Lake Como – good choice (good lake choices also include Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, but do just one on your trip)

Venice – a must see: yes, it’s packed with tourists but it’s totally worth it 

while you’re travelling, if you can, stop and eat in Bologna, wonderful food served here!

Tuscany – Florence and Siena for sure, one day each. Florence has the Uffizi Gallery and amazing architecture, Siena is a gem. If you can, stop at San Gimignano to see its cathedral (it won’t take more than a few hours). If you like wine, go to Motalcino and have some amazing wine tasting

Amalfi Coast – this is south of Rome, but it’s wonderful. Do it.

Rome (we fly out of Rome, and don’t intend to spend more than 1-2 days there) – I love Rome, if you have just 2 days head straigh to the Vatican and its wonderful museum and see the Sistine Chapel. If it’s open, also the Domus aurea it’s worth a visit and I personally love Galleria Borghese: wonderful museum, nice setting and park.

If you have any time left, between Tuscany and the Amalfi coast it would be great to add Assisi or Perugia in your trip, both relaxing and stuck in time.

Should you have any questions, please ask!

 

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