ITALY!

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Florence is beautiful, and it’s a good time of year. I went in August and it was just too hot. Cobbled streets, squares with statues and cafes where you can watch the world go by. The cathedral and Uffizi are  must sees. 

Naples ummm not the greatest, it’s a bit run down but do go to Pompeii. 

Amalfi coast is just the best. Stunning in every way. We went to Positano and Praiano and I highly recommend hiring a boat for the day to take you around the caves and islands such as Capri. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

Agree with daffodils  Naples itself is not somewhere I’d spend a lot of time but the Amalfi coast is stunning. I’ve been many times to Sorrento and Positano. A day trip to Capri from Sorrento is enough unless you’re really keen on spending a lot of time there.

I’ve been to Rome and Florence. Love them both but I felt I really stood out as a tourist in Rome and got hassled constantly. It was tiring. We did go in June though so was uncredibly busy.. Of course Vatican City is a must see. 

I’m thinking of gelato now….

I really hope you enjoy it!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

If you visit the Amalfi coast, Pompei is a must. I visited it ten years ago and the memory still gives me the chills.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

If you’re in Florence at the beginning of the month, the galleries are free entry on the first Sunday of the month! Also I highly recommend doing a food tour, we did it through Taste Florence. It was quite expensive but we learned so much. Near the Mercato Centrale is a bakery that does amazing sfolliga pastries, I still drool thinking of them!

One of the best things we did in time was a tour of the Colosseum, that took us under the arena floor, on to the for and also into the top level. In August it also meant shopping the queue which was worth its weight in gold! You can book it in advance, I think it’s available online but when I did it I had to call (they speak great English though). Make sure to avoid eating anywhere in direct eyesight of the big monuments, even a street or two back will buy you a whole, fresh pizza for the cost of a slice near the attractions.

For Naples, I’d recommend Herculaneum over Pompeii if you only have time for one. The pyroclastic flows preserved a lot of the town, so it’s much better preserved. Whichever (or both!) You can hire a tour guide within the ground of the attraction (not outside, these aren’t official guides), which was great for learning what you were looking at!

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

In Florence many museums will sell tickets online with a specific entrance tome, so you don’t have to wait in line! Not so common in Italy 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Naples was sketchy enough that we didn’t feel great about wandering around with suitcases there. Sorrento is fabulous, and so laid back and beautiful. There are some really cool Roman ruins nearby, great walks and views, fabulous gelato, Capri nearby, etc.

Though it’s small, a day trip to Assisi from Rome is SO worth it. It is super magical and if you are Catholic or interested in churches it is very cool. Even if not, it is SO old and medieval looking. Things are amazingly preserved and you get to look out over the beautiful Italian countryside from the very top of the hill/city.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: St. petersburg, FL

In Rome – there is this fantastic restaurant that literally is so cozy and cute and the food is fantastic – it’s called Magasin. We just went two weeks ago, and ended up going for drinks and mozzarella three times during our stay! It’s the best olive oil we’ve ever had, and the buffalo mozzarella was out of this world! Highly recommend. 

And for gelato in Rome – fridgiderium is fantastic. I loved the tiramisu/stracciatelli flavors. Fiance got bailey’s and that was great, too. 

We booked a tour through viator to tour the Vatican, and we had a guide named Sabrina that was an A+ guide – we learned so much and she made it fun and exciting with really cool facts and the three hour tour was one of our favorite experiences while in Rome. 

Just a tip for traveling from Fiumicino airport to Rome city center – we did a shuttle, which cost about 15 euro per person. Depending on where you are staying in Rome, that might be the best option (just go through baggage claim and follow the signs and you’ll find one of the billion shuttle drivers hounding people to take their shuttles – it’s not the worst option but boy do the Italians drive fast and crazy!).

It would be easy to take the Leonardo express train to Roma Termini station for 14 euro per person, but it’s a little overwhelmingw hen you first get there with all of the hustle and bustle, but be prepared to book these tickets in advance while you’re here which was easy (you need a pin number for your credit card at the train station to book tickets there – we didn’t know our CREDIT CARD PINS!!!! So we ended up taking a taxi which was like 60 euro! 🙁 ). 

Let me know if you need any other tips/help! I loved Rome. We walked pretty much everywhere once we were there (even to/from the Vatican… the miles go by quickly because you get lost in the sights and experiences).

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

There is a restaurant in positano called La Tagliata that is out of this world. It’s a farm to table and you can walk through the veggie gardens between courses. It’s a set menu that is incredible. Honestly one of the best experiences and we’ve eaten at amazing restaurants all over the world. We tell all our friends to go if they’re stopping in positano. They come and pick you up in town if you’re staying in positano. Not sure if you’re going to positano on your Amalfi coast portion? 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

talula23 :  we are staying in Sorrento for our honeymoon!  Where are you staying?  We ar staying at Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento in October. If you go to Capri, check out Amedeo boutique on the island. He sells amazing hand carved cameos. Very special!!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

Definitely go to the Vatican while you’re in Rome! I don’t remember specific dress code stuff there, but i DO remember being turned away from the Duomo in Florence because I was wearing a minor scoop neck t-shirt. (Wasn’t showing cleavage — didn’t matter). It’s very conservative. They were turning away tons of people for their shorts, tank tops, etc. Throw on a hoodie and go in, it’s incredible. 

I also really loved the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence. It’s a touristy thing to do but there’s a good reason. It has the most incredible view. Fiance and I sat up there for hours and drank wine at the outdoor bar. It was one of my favorite days ever. I’d also recommend waiting in the obnoxiously long line to see the statue of David in Florence. I’m not that into art and history so I didn’t think it’d be worth it, boy was I wrong. I was speechless when I came face-to-face with that statue. I’m so glad I waited. 

If you’re in Florence long enough, definitely take a day trip to wine tasting in Tuscany. That was my favorite thing we did in Europe. Have so much fun!! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Dress code for churches is knees and shoulders covered.  We were there in June last year and it was hot, so I carried a pashmina in my bag – easy to wrap it around my waist and cover my knees, and i wore T-shirts anyway so my shoulders were already covered.  Outside of churches, shorts are totally fine – no one blinked an eye. 

My two favourite things in Rome were the Forum/Palatine Hill (entrance is on the same ticket as the Colosseum), and a day trip we took from there to Tivoli to visit Hadrian’s Villa and the Villa d’Este.  We used local buses and it was totally fine but there are guided tours to those sites as well.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I love Lake Como – it’s in northern Italy, about 1.5 hours drive from Milan.  It is just stunning.  It’s not in the same area that you are, but if you ever go back, I would highly recommend it.  I haven’t been to the Almalfi Coast, but would love to go.  My sister went to the Dolomites region and loved it there to.  It’s such a beautiful country and so much to do for museums, etc.  Have a great time!

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