(Closed) Italy help!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We went to Italy 2 years ago and neither of us speak the language.  We managed just fine as most of the people speak a little English so don’t worry about that

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Also we stayed in Rome for 3 days.  We took a train from Rome to Pompeii as a day trip.  We walked every where in Rome. The 4th day we took the train North to Pisa and did the leaning tower (so worth it) and we stayed the night there.  The next day we took the train to Milan along the coastline and it was gorgeous.  If you want to stay some place tropical look up the 5 Fishing Villages.  We saw them from the train and beautiful.  We want to go back some day and go there.  We didn’t do much in Milan but dinner.  We cut our trip short because hurricane IKE had hit our home and we needed to get home to clean up the tree that fell.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You definitely don’t need Italian to get by…I would say in most of Europe, most people speak at least some English. You’ll be just fine! Italy is lovely…I would definitely spend time in Florence, it was my favorite city there.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

and I agree with @vintage2010: the train is a great way to travel through the country, and you see some beautiful countrysides.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I lived in Italy for three months, and it’s fabulous. You can’t go wrong there ๐Ÿ™‚ You absolutely do not need to know how to speak Italian, but like any other place, a little bit of effort is always much appreciated by the locals and they’ll treat you well. Pick up a pocket phrase book to take with you.

If you’re planning on traveling around Italy at all, the train stations are overwhelming and not the easiest place to get around if you don’t speak Italian (ie. if you need to book an overnight train), so this is where you’ll want the phrase book for! A lot of restaurants have Italian/English menus and in any case, the food is amazing, you’ll be fine with whatever you order. As a general rule, I avoided restaurants that had english menus because they were a bit touristy and I like more local/authentic restaurants without the tourbus turnover.

I’d highly recommend Florence, it’s romantic, beautiful, the people are wonderful, amazing shopping, great restaurants, totally safe. Rome is good, but not my favourite, I haven’t had a great meal any of the times I’ve been there. It’s worth going for the history and culture, but I wouldn’t want to stay there for two weeks personally. Pisa is a one hour train ride from Florence and I really enjoyed it, it’s a really sweet little town. You could go to the coast and do Cinquo Terre, which is beautiful, but after a few days you could get bored. Sardegna (island off the west coast) is gorgeous, but ridiculously expensive. It’s a great place to watch uber rich people though. Rent a scooter or car, don’t take the taxis (costs a fortune, we found out the hard way!). Venice is beautiful, very romantic. I’ve been twice and enjoyed it, although my heart is with Florence, I have to admit. Sienna is gorgeous too. Really, if you rented a car and spent a few days in each place you couldn’t go wrong! Avoid Naples, it’s very dangerous, even Italians don’t go there.

Other European countries to visit: I love Spain. I found there aren’t as many English speakers there as Italy though, but you could still get by fine with a translation dictionary. Barcelona is gorgeous, Seville is amazing… I’m not a huge fan of Portugal (sorry!). Malta is a fun place, although small, but I spent a month there when I was a teen and enjoyed it. Germany is stunning. I’ve always wanted to go to Sweden but haven’t had a chance, I’ve heard it’s great though. I’ve also heard terrific things about Turkey.

Honestly, if you handed me a plane ticket to anywhere in Europe, I would go back to Florence in a heart beat. If you decide to go, let me know and I can PM you some great restaurant recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Go to Venice – it’s so romantic! There is just so much to see in Italy you almost need a whoile month there – love Lake Garda, Tuscany and have also been to Sicily and Sardinia. All worth visiting. Plus the food is way too good! Wish I was going again – lol!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have been to Italy several times and I would highly recommend it!  The food, the countryside, the people – it is a perfect place to honeymoon!  My parents don’t speak or understand a word of Italian and they were fine when we travelled there.  I would also recommend Florence, and my favorite Italian city is Rome. 

In pretty much most of western Europe, especially the major cities, you don’t need to speak the language.  Italy is my favorite, but other than France I also recommend Spain and Switzerland.  I have not been, but I have heard great things about Amsterdam!

I am sure that where-ever you go, it will be wonderful!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

bakerella after reading your post I want to go!!!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree with Bakerella- Don’t stay in Naples.  When we were on the train from Rome to Pompeii (near Naples) the scenery got worse. Lots of grafftti and trash.  But we wanted to see Pompeii.  Rome is worth the trip for the history and such but like she said we weren’t impressed with the food there except for our meal the last night but can’t remember the name of the place.

We loved Pisa.  Very nice little town like Bakerella said.  We stayed the night there in a hotel near the train station that was really modern and nice.  We also went out on the town that night for dinner and clubs. 

We planned to do Milan, Venice and Florence but like I said cut things short.  I’ve heard lots about Florence.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Switzerland is gorgeous, oh my gosh I love it there, but last time I went (before the EU), it cost a FORTUNE!!! We were super budget conscious although I don’t regret a penny I spent there at all. Getting around Europe is very easy with the railways, so I would skip renting a car unless you wanted to do the countryside at your own pace and time and get to some of the smaller places. I would love to go to a Tuscan cooking school for a couple weeks. Sigh.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I doubt that you need to know Italian to go….my parents went for a week long trip years ago and loved it…I am not sure where they stayed, but hey since you guys can afford I say you should def do it!! It will be so romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would definitely recommend Italy as well, I’ve been to Rome, Florence, Sorrento and would LOVE to go back.

Most people there speak at least a little bit of English, and it was very easy to pick up the words for “excuse me”, “thank you”, “bathroom” – basic traveling words., etc. If you make the effort, people appreciate it. I never had any real problem communicating.

Lovely country, great food and nice people – what more can you ask for! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Meals are probably the same as going out here. You get fancy restaurants and you get regular restaurants. What I loved to do was shop in the market each morning for fresh fruit, veg, meat (mmmm proscuitto and melon), cheese, and bread, to have for my breakfast and lunch, and then I’d go out for dinner. It’s a great way to stretch a budget and really gives you local experience.

Surprisingly, the most expensive place to eat was McDonald’s! Although why you would go all the way to Italy and eat McDonald’s is beyond me… Stay away from any place a tour bus stops, generally it’s mass produced bland food to serve the masses. Blegh.

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