(Closed) Planning Honeymoon to Italy

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It might be alittle more expensive, but I would suggest using a travel agent for your hotels. Their standards are different than those in North America, and the travel agent will also be able to help you with best locations in town.

I was in Rome two years ago, and booked my own hotel. The hotel itself was great – small, but clean and not shady, but the area of town was less than ideal…something I didn’t know about until I got there.

I got a great deal on the hotel (74 euro/night), but I was in my room every night before dark as I didn’t want to run into any trouble along on the streets at night.


Post # 4
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did a 2 week honeymoon in italy, it was amazing! You do not need to wait for your new passport to book your flights. We did not use a Travel agent and 3 out of the 4 places we stayed were amazing. To be fair the 1 that wasn’t was a last minute booking after our hotel cancelled with 3 weeks to go.  I did a ton of research on TripAdvisor.com and was very happy with the results.

Our budget was a little more than half of yours but we did go in off season. We flew into Venice for 3 nights, than 4 nights in Florence, 4 in Sorrento and the final 3 were in Rome. We traveled by train, except for 1 day when we rented a car in Sorrento.

We started by visiting a Travel Agent, which helped us figure out our Itinerary. When we looked up his reccomendations we didn’t find very good reviews and decided to book ourselves.


Post # 5
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I might suggest using a travel agent. I wouldn’t usually use one but I will for my honeymoon. It’s the only vacation where I wouldn’t want to deal with any hiccups.

They also sometimes have “insider” knowledge on travel deals. You might end up saving money!

I’ve been to Rome and Venice. I would recommend both but I really regret not seeing the Cinque Terre. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about it and it looks beautiful!

EDIT: Also, Lake Como. I think Rick Steves did a show on it. So beautiful!


Post # 6
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012


My Fiance and are going there, how was the train ride?

Post # 8
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did a two week yacht cruise down the Amalfi coast and it was faaaabulous! So jealous… it’ll be a while before we can get back to Italy 🙁

Post # 9
746 posts
Busy bee

In order to book international airline tickets, you’ll just need your name exactly as it will appear on your passport & your birthdate, not the passport #.  You can always add your passport #, emergency contact info, etc. to your tickets after they’ve been purchased.  You should speak with a travel agent regarding your itinerary as you have 11 places on your wish list & only 2 weeks to see all of that.  A good agent will be able to advise you how to maximize your time without feeling like you’ll “need a vacation after your vaction.”  Good luck!

Post # 10
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We hope to go to Italy before starting a famliy.  I just wanted to say I’m jealous and I love Rick Steve’s : )

One of our stops will be Naples (extended family).

Post # 12
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@kolsen206:  I ate like CRAZY in Italy, the food was delicious so I would definitely budget on the higher side if you want to be safe. It all depends on your preference of food.

Based on my experience I didn’t find the food expensive anywhere else but Venice (it is waaaay overpriced in St. Marks Square, walk a block from the square to eat). I often found myself snacking rather than splurging on larger meals. Gelato here, bread there, maybe a glass of wine with cheese etc.

Just a side note, be careful of the “type” of restuarant that you eat at. Just a difference in name can indicate a significant price hike or discount. Here is a website with a little insight: http://www.italylogue.com/food-drink/different-kinds-of-restaurants-in-italy.html.

Have fun!!!

Post # 14
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I can’t wait to start planning my Italian honeymoon!! We will be going a year from this upcoming March…. I’ve been wanting to go my whole life!

Loving all the suggestions!

Post # 15
56 posts
Worker bee

We had our honeymoon earlier this month in Italy. We loved it so much and it was very romantic in December all lit up! We went to Rome, Siena, and Florence. 

Anyways, the hotels we stayed at had breakfasts (oh, so delicious.. cappucinos, croissants, tortes, fresh fruit, cheese and cold cuts) included in our stay so you may want to check your hotels on that.  You definitely should splurge on dinner especially if you want to experience their culture.  They eat 3 or 4 courses: antipasti (an appetizer), Primo (1st course) usually pasta, and Secundo ( a 2nd course) usually meat or fish, and we ALWAYS got dessert and of course we had wine!!   I would definitely say we spent over a $100 USD on dinner.  For lunch, we would just go to a pizzeria or get a sandwich like a mozzerella tomato sandwich.  Oh, I miss it so much!!! 

 Even when we got back to the US, we wanted Italian food.  We did not get sick of it at all!!  We always asked our hotel for the “local” restaurants. We didn’t want the touristy places.  Also, you may want a recommendation on gelato places.  I had read that some gelato places just cater to the tourist and do not take the careful time and effort that makes gelato so yummy and creamy.  I could defnitely tell the difference between touristy gelato and real gelato!! HAVE FUN!  I”M SO JEALOUS! I want to go back!! 🙂

Post # 16
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Rick Steves is absolutely awesome, I definitely recommend his walking tours, esp the ones in Pisa and Florence. 

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