Post # 31
We just went to Italy for our honeymoon in April. We went to Venice and Rome. I would say go to Venice!!! It was the coolest place I’ve ever been to!!
Rome really disapointed us, I wish we had done Florence or Tuscany instead…
Post # 32
We came back from Italy 2 weeks ago. We went to Florence (2 nights), Venice (day trip from Venice), and Rome (4 nights). From Rome, we booked a private tour from Viator that picked us up from our hotel in Rome and took us to Amalfi Coast, Positano, and Pompeii, and then dropped us off at our hotel in Rome. My favorite was Florence, Venice, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Rome, and then Pompeii. We felt that 2 nights in Florence was perfect, 8 hours in Venice was enough to walk through everything, but we thought that we spent too much time in Rome. It was really hot and humid in Rome so we didn’t enjoy that as much. Also, Rome streets are dirty. We also did not like Pompeii that much but only went there since we booked a tour. We spent only 2 hours in Positano and it felt long enough since there were so many tourists, but there were beautiful views. I think 2 nights in Rome is enough unless you don’t mind the heat and humidity. I wish we went to Cinque Terre instead. I heard Capri is nice too.
Post # 33
Amalfi Coast – Positano, specifically, is magical
Verona/Cortona/Florence/other parts of Tuscany
I’ve been three times, and my advice would be to find a central location and then take day or half-day trips to some of these places. It’s better than constant travel, for sure.
Have fun! Italy is my favorite place on earth. 🙂
Post # 34
Just a slight word of caution for any lurkers thinking about the Cinque Terre, because it seems that many people who talk about it (not just at WB but elsewhere) kind of still talk about it like it is still a relatively overlooked spot–
Tourism in this area has skyrocketed to the point that elements in the government wanted to institute a cap on visitors due to the strain that they place on the local culture and the environment, as there is still some fallout from the 2011 flooding and mudslides (it was suggested that there would be a cap this summer, but that idea did not come to fruition). Italy’s Mediterranean coast is lovely whether you’re in Positano or Monterosso, but do not go to the Cinque Terre thinking that you will find a peaceful, untouched little secret, or else you may be disappointed.
Also, if you do go to Italy and you travel to areas like the Cinque Terre or Venice (which you should!) that experience significant strain and partial erasure of local residents due to the large numbers of visitors, if you can, support businesses and restaurants with local ownership and/or a history of working within, or at least being cognizant of, the local traditions in craftsmanship and cuisine.