(Closed) Italy or Hawaii?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hands down ITALY!  You will LOOOOOOOVE IT, I promise!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
355 posts
Helper bee

Italy – SO romantic!!

Hawaii is something that you can do easily with kids.  Italy, not so much. 

Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

No question, hands down, ITALY.  You won’t regret it. It’s amazing.  Hawaii is pretty but nothing you haven’t already seen in the carribean.

Post # 6
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have been lucky enough to travel to both places and here is my advice.

If you like art, architecture, history, and that old world feel more – go to Italy. 

If you like natural beauty, hiking, relaxing on the beach and staying low key – go to Hawaii.

I loved both places.  Here are some of the other notable differences for me.  Italy was a bit more crowded and hectic than Hawaii was because the cities were more densely populated.  Rome and Florence were the largest cities I stayed in and the architecture, art and food were wonderful.  I also puttered around the Tuscan countryside and visited many of the smaller towns like Volterra.  Everything had that wonderful old world feel.  I am kind of a foodie and everything I ate in Italy was wonderful.  In Hawaii I stayed on Oahu but took island hop day trips to Big Island to see the Volcanos and to Kawai to hike the Na Pali coast (both of which are highly recommended).  The Waikiki area of Oahu is pretty touristy.  The area around Kawela Bay (Turtle Bay Resort) was my favorite in Oahu – it was more laid back and kind of quaint.  Hawaii was the absolute pinacle of natural beauty.  The weather was amazing (I was there at the end of April).  In terms of food, the sushi was amazing, the Hawaiian specialties were good, and there was some great Pho in Chinatown in Oahu.  So I guess I would say there was more variety of food in Oahu than Italy but I thought overall Italy’s food was better.       

EDIT: Oh I should probably also add that I got engaged in Hawaii so I might be a little biased ๐Ÿ™‚  On the other hand I have friends who honeymooned there recently and loved it.


Post # 7
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Italy!  its a totally foreign country for you and its full of so many beautiful things and places!!!

you can go to hawaii any time is my thoughts


Post # 8
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Italy without a doubt!! You can go to Hawaii next time there’s a seat sale… ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
25 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’ve been to both desitnations and LOVE them both.

If you choose Hawaii, you won’t have to worry about exchanging money, not knowing the language or having to keep up with your passport.

For me, Hawaii is more relaxing…I could sit back and enjoy myself. With Italy, I was constantly on the go because there were so many things that I wanted to see (I came back tired!)

I think Hawaii is much more beautiful and exotic than the Caribbean (but it may have been the locations that I have been to were just not that special — Dominican Republic, Grand Caymans, St. Martin, Cancun and Costa Rica).

Italy has some of the tastiest desserts ever! And the history of the entire country is spectacular.

I might be biased because we are going to Hawaii for our honeymoon, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

Post # 10
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We just got back from our honeymoon, which included a good amount of time (close to two weeks) in Italy. It’s amazing there and although I agree that you’ll come back tired from all there is to do there, I vote Italy. Hawaii is beautiful, but so is Italy – the Amalfi Coast made my jaw drop so many times I thought that it might become permanently unhinged! 

Post # 11
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I am the biggest fan of Hawaii ever, but for honeymoon, I’d say Italy as well.

Post # 12
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I may be a bit partial — since it’s where WE honeymooned — but I say Italy!  I’ll be posting our recaps soon, so you can get an idea what we did in early September.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I say Italy, like others said, you can always do Hawaii later with kids.

Post # 14
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Italy Italy Italy!!!! I personally have zero interest in going to Hawaii, such a long flight when you can have the exact same experience in the Virgin Islands! Italy, on the other hand, is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives…the food is out of this world, it’s SOOOOO so so so gorgeous and the towns and cities are amazing…Have fun wherever you end up!

Post # 15
596 posts
Busy bee

One more vote for Italy!  Just make sure you have a lot of energy for sightseeing and such.  Hawaii is a good honeymoon destination just because you can relax and keep it lowkey if you want to wind down from months of hectic wedding planning.  But I would go to Italy!

Post # 16
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Both?!?! Wink

If I had the option (lucky girl!) I would pick Italy!

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