(Closed) Italy honeymoon… how pricey?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’m honeymoon in Italy. The first thing you need to do is set a budget. From there you can figure out over how many days that can be stretched. You are also in luck, since the Euro is dropping in price you can get great deals in Europe now.

If you would like the name of my travel agent she was great throughout the planning process although I will warn you must give her a budget and she will work around that.

My FH and I are going to Italy. We will visit Milan, Florence, Venice, Amalfi and Rome (not in that order). We are so excited!!!!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I don’t know much about how much it would cost, but I do know that would be a good time to go since it’s the off-season. So you should be able to get some pretty great deals. Are you planning on traveling around or staying in one spot? I’ve been, so if you’re thinking of going to a city I visited I could give you my opinion.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I forgot to add that if you book directly with the hotel you’re likely to get a better price than going through an agent. Also if you book for at least 3 days and pay in cash.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m not entirely sure what you mean by budget…that can vary a lot for individuals.  But you can find many reasonably priced private accomodations called Pensiones.  The only one I can recommend off the top of my head is Papa Germano’s in Rome.  But there should be many options anywhere you plan to go.  You might consider a more budget travel guide (e.g. Lonely Planet or Let’s Go) to help you find places.  In general there are many more lower priced hotel options in Europe for whatever reason, so hopefully you’ll be able to find something that meets your needs.  I *highly* recommend http://www.booking.com which is a UK hotel website.  It’s great b/c there are many international reviews, and it seems to have a much more extensive list of hotels than most American travel sites.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

It depends on what you expect your hotel (or pensione, apartment, etc.) to offer. You can stay at perfectly nice, lovely places for much less than $300 a night, but don’t expect champagne on ice and chocolates on your pillows, you know?

 We’ve decided for our honeymoon that we’ll save a bit on accommodations by staying in bed and breakfasts and fairly basic hotels so that we can stay longer, because that’s what’s more important to us. I know that many people prefer more luxury, even if it means a shorter stay. It comes down to whatever cranks your tractor, as my grandmother would say 😉

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes, you can definitely find nice rooms for much, much less than $300/night.  If that’s your budget I strongly suggest http://www.booking.com as I mentioned above.  I’m pretty sure you’ll find places that’ll fit your budget and still give you some romantic privacy.  It’s not going to be luxurious and spacious, but probably waaaay cuter than an American Best Western at similar prices.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Booking.com is a good site to check but I would also suggest checking out http://www.venere.com they are an Italy-based "expedia" type website.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

This is exactly what we are working on right now! Funny because we are date twins too!

To save some $$ we are looking into staying in two (maybe three) places instead of traveling all over Italy– we are leaning towards Venice and Florence right now. There are definately places with reasonable prices…you just have to search. You might also want to look into renting someone’s house/apartment for part of your stay– I found some great stuff on http://www.homeaway.com . We are considering doing this in one city– it will give us a completely different experience and we will probably be able to save some money by having a few meals "at home."

My Fiance and I LOVE traveling- and generally do it CHEAP– hitting hostels and other very budget friendly things. We did decide that we wanted out honeymoon to be different– meaning we would <gasp> not necessarily go the CHEAPEST route– though budget is definately a HUGE point for us. We talked the other night and came up with a HIGHEST END BUDGET– which was $6000– though hopefully it will be MUCH LESS.

 Anyway– just to give you an idea of what we were thinking for 10 nights:

$2000 for accommadations (roughly 200 per night)

$2000 for airfare and traveling around italy

$1000 for food ($100 a day?)

$1000 for FUN

So, this is a LOT of money for us– but that is where we are starting– we are hoping to come in lower– but of course alot of that depends on where we decide to stay- -and how much airfare is… but we figured it would be good to get a "worst case" budget in our heads. Hope all this helps!!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oh and you might want to check out the book See More, Spend Less for Italy. It had LOTS of great ideas.

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Italy has a wide range of accomodations.  If you are looking for something unique and more intimate I would suggest an agriturismo which is lodging on a working "farm".  Not an animal farm but they usually produce their own goods like wine, honey or olive oil.  They often have meals (or at least dinner) included and they prepare dishes with seasonal and super fresh local ingredients.  The Tuscan hills have lots of agristurismi and you are close enough to Pisa, Chianti, Lucca and many other tourist areas.  If you go to Venice or Florence expect to pay more for even just an average hotel.  A good webiste is venere.com which makes it very easy to search accomodations by location.  Since you are going in October I recommend checking out the Piedmont region.  They have several wine and truffle festivals at that time.  Italy is a wonderful place to visit and there is lots to see so I would try to figure out what you and your fiance like (art, history, food, wine, outdoor activities, shopping, relaxing…) and focus on the places that offer the best of what you love, otherwise it can be so hard to choose!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would start by looking into airfare– see what you can get there first.

 Also, definitely check out expedia.com. I am going to Italy in May (Paris first, then Venice, Rome and Almafi coast). We have found that expedia.com has cheaper hotel prices than when we call the hotels directly or what travel agents can offer us. We asked a travel agent and she said that those deals are usually only available for a week or so, which is why she can’t get them that low. But if you pick a few hotels that you want to stay at in each place, start tracking them on expedia and book when a deal becomes available.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Not sure if you are still looking for advice, but if you really want to keep costs low and don’t mind having a home base location in one major city, check out package deals on Priceline or other similar websites.  In October, I am flying out of JFK to Rome and staying for 8 days, 7 nights for less than $900 per person (includes flight and hotel).  The hotel isn’t in the center of Rome, but they offer free shuttle service and public transportation is also convienant.  We are planning on staying in Rome for several days (plenty to do if you’ve never been there), then taking day trips to Florence, Naples + Pompeii, and possibly Capri.  You can add day trip activities to your package or you can just figure out the transportation yourself.

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