(Closed) Paris, Venice & Rome

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

That is my dream honeymoon!!  your so lucky!

Ive been to all 3 and they are fab!

But I went on a contiki so in Venice and Rome we stayed at camping grounds in cabins, but if you dont mind staying in cabins they were really cool. And the hotel we stayed in Paris was in a bad area… so I dont really have any suggestions..

I would suggest going to Florence to though!

But as far as hotels go, the closer to town the more expensive

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I highly recommend airbnb – you ge the local feel for a much cheaper rate

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m from CHCH too and I went to all of those places on our honeymoon this year (nearly 4 month honeymoon around mostly Europe!). Paris and Rome was part of a Top Deck Tour (the 3 star hotel 1) and we went to Venice on our own.  Was heaps of fun!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We visited all 3 cities in July and loved them all! 

I also second airbnb – we did our accommodation through them and had some amazing experiences. 

This is where we stayed in Rome – https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/37847
Even if you aren’t keen on the apartment I can highly recommend Trastevere as the best place to stay. The food is good, its not TOO touristy and it is close to everything.

This is where we stayed in Paris – https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/273992 
It was in the Latin Quarter, near some great food, and so close to the  train station. 

For Venice, we got accommodation through Expedia as we only stayed there one night (and in my opinion, you dont need TOO long in Venice.) We stayed at this hotel:

http://www.expedia.com.au/Venice-Hotels-Hotel-San-Sebastiano-Garden.h1703221.Hotel-Information?hashTag=overview&rfrr=ALL.Itin.Booked.HOTname&rm1=a2&

It was nice enough – not too hard to find (key in Venice!) and was really close to a lovely restaurant where we had one of the most romantic meals! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@blushingbride1013: We stayed at Locanda Poste Vecie in Venice – not far from the Rialto bridge so really central and easy to find. Nice room overlooking a small canal and the famous fish market (it didn’t smell 🙂 ) and breakfast in bed everyday. Would definitely stay again. 

As for activities, I can hearitly recommend the Secret Itineries tour of the Doge’s Palace. I personally found the basilica a bit of a let down – but you can book your entry slot for 1 euro online in advance (the queues are hours long!) 

Will post when I can think of anything else! 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Venice is way less spectacular in real life than it looks. And holy cow exspensive. We went and stayed on the mainland because the actual city hotels are $$$$. Ride a gondala, see the Doge’s Palace and St. Marks but otherwise it is mostly crowded, expensive and kind of a dingy city. The upkeep for private business and homes is too much for most people so a lot is in disrepair. Personally, a day or two here is MORE than enough. 

For Rome, stay on the side of the city with the ancient stuff. The Vatican is on the opposite side of the city, totally worth spending the day at, book a tour ahead or spend hours and hours in line but it is incredible. And the only thing really to see on that side of the river. And book ahead at the ancient sites too, all of them have insane lines if you just try towalk in and we were there in the off season for tourists. 

I would agree with a PP if you can swing it go to Florance, it is a way cooler place than Venice and Tuscany is what you think of when people think about “Italy” and there are a huge number of little farms and vineyards that are B&Bs that are supposed to be amazing. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ooo, what fun destinations! The only one of those I’ve spent any time in is Rome- I’m certainly no expert but I’m sure you’re gonna love it! Trastevere is a great non-touristy area, we had some amazing meals there.

We have stayed at two of the Best Westerns near the train station. The Mondial was my favorite- at first they put us in a first-floor room overlooking an alley but we complained (which we hardly ever do) and they moved us up to a room with a lovely balcony and street view of Rome. I’m sure there are much nicer places to stay but we tend to just stick with the places that work for us.

As for Rome activities, our must-sees for every time we visit are the Capitoline Museum, the Forum and Palatine, the Basilica di San Clemente (so cool- three levels of history in one!), and the Pantheon. We also enjoyed the Roman houses being excavated on the Caelian hill (Case Romane). Further afield, we liked walking on the Via Appia (Antica) and at Ostia Antica- we practically had the whole place to ourselves. So much to do, so little time!

ETA: We have been there in November/December, so not peak tourist season… 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Venice was nice, but the areas surrounding Lake Como (Lago di Como.. swooon!) were even nicer.  DH and I stayed at a beautiful B&B hotel called Albergo Lenno in Lenno, Italy which overlooked the most picturesque view of the lake.  It felt like we were waking up in a dream every morning.  Also we were a quick ferry ride to Bellagio which is shopping and quaint eatery central!  Damn, should’ve take my engagement photos there…. :/  DH and I drove our car through Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy… and Lake Como definitely tops the list as one of our favorite places on that trip.

Here is a pic from our balcony at the B&B.. (I dieee……)

Don’t get me wrong.  Venice was definitely nice, but I think the overpopulation of tourists make the locals not as ….. friendly.  I heard Rome is even worse to tourists..!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We stayed at Hotel Tivoli in Venice and had a great time. Location was pretty central so it was great For walking everywhere. 

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