Rome and Venice!!!! We booked *THE* trip!

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Buzzing bee

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clipclop1023 :  Sounds soooo fun!! Depends on how into touristy/non-touristy stuff you’re into but we stayed in Vicenza… which had beautiful architecture and was a lot less touristy than Venice– but offered a lot of history (as all Europen towns do!) with a lot of great places to eat and old buildings designed by Andrea Palladio to visit and tour. Then it is a short train ride into Venice from there, which was also very worth it! We allocated only 1 day to Venice and I wish I would’ve done 2– which is my only regret.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - La Jolla, CA

If you do get to venice, you have to do a glass blowing tour in Murano. I got the champagne flutes we will toast with at our wedding from one of the galleries and they are absolutely beautiful. The history and capabilities that you see in Murano is astonishing. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - La Jolla, CA

Oh, and if you can/schedule allows, try to get to Florence! I loved it so much more than Rome, it’s beautiful, and the view from the Piazza Di Michelangelo can’t be beat. If he’s going to propose, that would be such an amazing place!!

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clipclop1023 :  We went to Rome last March, it was really nice. Your itinery looks good, personally I would allow some time for wondering around as it’s a nice way to explore, but that an individual thing.

Advice I would give is:

  • Go up to the top of the dome at St Peter’s Basilica (if you are reasonably fit and able – take the stairs – if not I;m sure there is a lift for a bit extra).
  • Book your tickets for The Vatican and Colusseum in advance and aim to go early morning. Although we went in March and it wasn’t too bad, the queues for the Vatican were long and we got there about 9:30.
  • Don’t listen to the ticket sellers at the Colusseum! They will tell you there are long queues and that they can get you in quicker with a group booking (the look really official almost like they work for the Colusseum). But it’s all BS. We had this and just walked straight in with our prebooked tickets despite what they told us and tried to sell us.

 

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Blushing bee
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clipclop1023 :  Baths of Caracalla! Not too far from the colosseum, so we went the same day as seeing the colosseum. It was near the end of the day and it was a bit rainy, so there was almost nobody there. Fascinating historically and architecturally and I felt like I could really see it without all the crowds. I actually found the colosseum a teeny bit disappointing because of the vast number of people (still awesome, wouldn’t have missed it for the world, but the crowds definitely detracted from the experience for me). 

https://www.italyguides.it/en/lazio/rome/ancient-rome/baths-of-caracalla

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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clipclop1023 :  Fabulous!  Make sure you do a gondola ride in Venice and get some gelato too!

Be sure and eat at a sidewalk cafe in Rome, love that aspect of European dining. I also would suggest taking a tour to the Vatican. They are relatively inexpensive, educational,  and you will avoid the lines!

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Worker bee

In Rome, visit the neighborhood Trastevere, its very cool. They have the best restaurants there!

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Busy bee

Your itinerary looks great! Definitely also make time to walk around Trastevere.

I don’t know how much you’ve traveled, but Rome is kind of a crazy and hectic city, so it can be a little overwhelming to be there, but its absolutely worth the experience. Just be aware of your surroundings and make sure you keep your belongings safe from pick-pockets. 

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