Post # 1
My husband and I are planning to take a 2 week vacation this summer (probably June). We want to make it a fun, relaxing trip, but also with lots of sightseeing. We’re planning on starting to TTC in the late fall, so this trip is really important. We figure that even with kids, or depending on how long it takes to conceive, we can take beach trips, or shorter trips, but a 2 week trip will be very difficult!
We’re interested in Italy and Greece. Neither of us have been to Greece, and I went to Italy when I was very young, so both places are unexplored by us.
Post # 2
I’ve never been to Greece, but I LOVE Italy. I highly recommend visiting Pompeii and Rome. If you go to Venice, there’s a city called Mestre that’s nearby and much cheaper (at least in 2012). I stayed at the Best Western Hotel Bologna (not sure why it’s called that) and the train station was literally across the street. It was really convenient to visiting both Venice and Verona.
Post # 3
I’ve done recaps on both 🙂 I feel like you can’t go wrong with either. (But I also feel that any place is worth seeing and experiencing). I felt Italy was more of a “must” and was top on my list – that was supposed to be our big trip before TTC. But I also absolutely loved Greece. I think Italy is easier without kids. There is just a lot of “must see” sites to hit. Where as Greece can be slower pace and maybe easier to cover even with a kid.
Post # 4
I haven’t been to Greece yet but went to Italy summer 2015 and it was glorious. We had 4 days and 4 nights in Rome, and then 6 nights in Florence, with a final day in Pisa and Lucca before fying home (we flew open-jaw then took trains between places).
My main tip would be not to stretch yourself too thin. With 14 nights I would choose probably 3 bases and then perhaps do day trips. Also choose places that are close. I personally would probably pick either Italy OR Greece, but both could be doable depending on if your 14 nights is actually on the ground (ie doesn’t include flying long-haul). If that’s the case you could do something like 3 nights/4 days Rome, 5 nights/5 days Florence with 2 day trips to the Tuscan countryside/Pisa/Lucca, 6 nights/6 days on one of the Greek islands (or a split between Athens and one of the islands).
Try to pick places which are geographically close as far as possible, and easy to get between eg the train system in Italy is good.
I would also try to fly open jaw if possible.
Post # 5
I’ve heard that staying right in Venice isn’t necessary. Will check out that hotel. Thanks!
Post # 6
Thank you! Your trips look amazing!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
With two weeks, I’d do Rome, Florence and Venice. We had five nights in Rome (and it was really five days too, as we arrived early in the morning) which was enough to hit all the major sights, and we managed a day trip to Hadrian’s Villa and the Villa d’Este (we just used local buses) which was well worth it. You could also do a day trip or two from Florence, or possibly a couple of nights in the Cinque Terre between Florence and Venice. Book early for the Florence galleries because they sell out fast!
For me, part of the charm of Venice was staying in the city itself, being able to walk everywhere and not having to bother with trains or buses to get home at night. We stayed in an AirBnB right opposite the train station and it was perfect. We spent three nights there which was about right – plenty of time to explore and also time to visit Murano, Burano and the Cemetery Island. We missed out on the Secret Itineraries tour of the Doge’s Palace, which I was a bit gutted about – it’s supposed to be great so book early if you want to do that one.
Post # 8
- Wedding: February 2017 - Edson Keith Mansion
I can’t speak for Greece, but we did Italy, France, & Spain for our honeymoon. We’re also not planning another ‘big’ vacation until after we have a baby and they’re at least a year old so we wanted to make the most of our trip, as well. We hit Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast while in Italy. We flew open jaw into Paris then took trains to and throughout Italy, then flew to Spain and home. Overnight and sleeper trains are a good way to get from one end of the country to the other BUT make sure you do an upgraded cabin with a max of 4 people in it.
Venice was my absolute favorite so I am a little biased, but I think wanding across the bridges and getting lost in Venice is the best part and you’ll probably have the best experience staying on the Grand Canal, and I personally would not stay in Mestre. In Rome, we saved some money staying in an AirBnB near St. Peter’s Basilica. We took the bus from the train station, but for the most part everything was walking distance. If you do Rome, check out Cul de Sac! Our friend recommended this wine bar and it did not disappoint. You can also do a Vatican tour before it opens to the general public…do that and avoid the lines. We skipped Florence and went to Amalfi where we spent 4 nights/3days. Amalfi was absolutely beautiful and has tons of great hiking. We did Path of the Gods and Valle delle Ferriere.
I think if you could make your trip a few days longer you could fit in both Italy & Greece.
Post # 9
I’ve been to both. Italy three times and Greece once. I personally did not care for Greece much, so I’ll recommend something else to consider.
If you do Italy, I’d fly into Rome then work my way up to Florence, Cinque Terre, then over to Venice. From Venice, I’d actually take a ferry over to Pula, Croatia. Then hit their cool sights (Hanging Lakes is amazing) and take in their really interesting culture and history. Croatia is less traveled and less expensive, but just as beautiful! Then, getting down south would take a few hours’ drive. You can fly or ferry back to Italy!