(Closed) Italy Honeymoon – Help

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

The Amalfi Coast is gorgeous!! My father got remarried there, so I was lucky to spend 2 weeks there a few years ago. We rented a house for our stay, but I have heard great things about this hotel, and it has a view: 

http://www.sirenuse.it/en/13/default.aspx

I will tell you that we flew into Rome and then rented cars to drive to Positano. The drive takes about two hours, and once you get off the superstrada (freeway), it’s all windy narrow roads. I actually took a valium, my nerves were so shot! So, fair warning. 

We stayed in Praiano, and we were able to frequent Positano and Ravello – which is up on the hill behind Praiano and is known for their gardens. We also took a day trip to Pompeii (it’s so HOT there) and one day, took a boat to Capri (touristy but fun).

All in all, it was a totally idyllic vacation. Just gorgeous and so relaxing. I can’t wait to go back again!

OH! And if you go during the summer, you MUST to to this restaurant:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g194863-d1034526-Reviews-Da_Adolfo-Positano_Amalfi_Coast_Campania.html

you have to look for a little boat at the main pier in Positano, and they bring you over to the beach and the restaurant. I know it seems crazy, but get on the boat! Top 5 meals of my whole life! Seriously.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I haven’t been to the coast, but definately plan to spend a few days sightseeing in Rome! It’s one of my favorite cities!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

Oh, and I think you should definetly stay in Rome first. Rome is so crazy busy and high energy – totally different than the Coast.

We did it the other way, and Rome totally killed my relaxed vibe. 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

@NYBride_421:  Honestly, the car rental was my dad’s decision. We had to get international drivers licenses, and since I don’t drive a stick shift, I couldn’t drive anyway. And the drive made me anxious.

We did use the car, but then again, we also biked into town to go to the markets and such. We needed the car to get to Ravello and Pompeii. We took a boat to Capri.

I am sure there are buses and cabs available. There has to be, especially from the hotel! 

My Dad has spent a lot of time there, and I think he wanted us all to have cars for the freedom of it. Like I said, it was his choice. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Italian drivers are crazy (especially people on scooters) so I wouldn’t drive, personally.  The train is really nice.  We took the train from Naples to Florence, and then again from Florence to Rome.  The commuter rail we took from Sorrento to Pompei (Circumvesuviana), on the other hand, was not air-conditioned, and the ride was a bit miserable.  It was inexpensive, though, which is good.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldn’t bother driving either, espeically around Amalfi.  The bus was scary enough just as a passneger.  Trains are super easy!  We just came back and took trains from Sorrento-> Naples -> Rome-> Florence-> Venice and it was the best way to travel imo.  Definitely stay in Rome for a few days if you want to do the sites there – 3 days would be a good amount to do it all.  1-Vatican, 2-Ancient Rome (save time with the Roma pass to avoid the line to Coloseum), 3-Trevi, Spanish steps, Pantheon, etc.  If you want to skip Rome and just relax on the coast, you can fly right into Naples.  Right outside is a bus that takes you to Sorrento, from there its really easy to connect to anywhere else on the Amalfi Coast by bus.  Or you can take the train to Salerno, and bus it back down to the coast.  I only went to Postiano and Amalfi on the coast, and loved Positano.  Sorrento is a nice base to do little day trips.   Here’s my little recap http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-italy-switzerland-trip-recap

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would def go to rome first.  We are going to venice, florence, rome & sorrento in 14 days & will still have days to relax/just explore and not have an agenda every day.  Also expect it to be hot and crowded in august from what i have heard.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I stayed in hostels in Rome, so I doubt you want my recommendations there, but I would plan at least 3 days in Rome.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ll let u know- we’ll be honeymooning in Sorrento in 2 weeks! We are flying into Naples and will spend the entire honeymoon on the coast. We have a few must see’s- Paestum, Capri (blue grotto) and Pompeii. We will be staying at the Hotel Gardenia- our travel agent recommended it as it is completely fresh but family run! So excited!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@NYBride_421:  We’re doing our Honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast! 10 day trip 🙂 I can’t wait!

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