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Lauren Piro

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How can I have a relaxing honeymoon in Italy?

Hi there,

My fiance and I planning our honeymoon, and figure it might be "now or never" for a European trip. But we're a little intimidated by how much extra effort it would be than choosing somewhere domestic, and how we might feel like we have to "do lots of things!" and come home exhausted.

I've always wanted to visit the Amalfi region, and I'm wondering if a few days spent there will fulfill our need to relax and then a few days in, say, Rome, will fulfill our more "active" vacationing.

Or should we choose another region altogether? Maybe Tuscany? Or Cinque Terre? Should we just stick to one city to make things easier? Any advice on how we can make the trip as smooth as possible would be helpful, whether that be hotel recommendations, thoughts on guides or tours or transportation, or itineraries we could follow.

Any ideas welcome! We'll be traveling the first week in September (which maybe isn't the best season for Italy at all?), and plan on the trip lasting a week.

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  • Scott Mahaffy

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    Hello Lauren! I can tell you from personal experience that my wife and I deliberately planned our honeymoon to be chaotic (sightseeing and such) up front, and then total chill for the last half of the trip. For us, it worked out well. We really enjoyed the mix, and it made the sightseeing so much more exciting for us, knowing our "reward" of R&R was just around the corner. Now we had two weeks, but our destinations were a little farther away and we live in Colorado. Thankfully, you live close to some major international airports, so getting to Italy is much easier.


    If you want some go time, and then some chill time, I guess I would ask yourself what most excites you about Italy. Is it Romeand the ancient sites? Florence and/or Venice and the renaissance focus. Food interests? Are you wine drinkers? It sounds like you are interested in the Amalfi Coast. If the Amalfi is a priority, I would probably look at either Florence, or Rome for three nights, perhaps rail down to Naples and go across the bay to see Pompei, then spend three nights chilling on the coast. I could spend a week in Florence and Tuscany visiting sites, drinking wine, eating great food, and wandering through some hilltop villages south of Florence. Florence and Tuscany are incredible! Italy is such a fantastic country to visit.

    Just stick to your guns and make sure you are truly doing your honeymoon the way you both want to. Have a great time. Congratulations, in advance, and have fun making your decision!

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  • Stephen Schreck

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    Hey Lauren,

    Italy is one of my favorite countries in the world. It is packed full of history, beautiful coast, and wonderful art.

    It sounds like your honeymoon will be around a week. If that is the case I wouldn't do more than two cities, or like you said the Amalfi Coast and Rome.

    Rome is a very large - small city if that makes sense. With three days you can see a lot of the major sights in Rome and get a feel of the city.

    The Amalfi Coast is also very close Rome so you wouldn't be nearly as rushed getting their as you would be to places like Venice or Cinque Terre as that will eat up a whole day traveling.

    Here are some artlices I have written on Italy and Rome.

    I hope you enjoy them, and let me know if I can help further.

    A City Guide To Rome

    How much to budget for a month in Italy

    20 Outstanding Facts About Italy

    Italy Travel Tips

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  • Kemkem Casinelli

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    Since you mentioned relaxing, l would vote for Tuscany. If you want privacy and homey, l would suggest Airbnb HQ rental somewhere close to the center. If you go after l think September 12 or so (after classes resume for the young ones), the price drops a bit and it won't be as crowded. You can get to enjoy the museums in Florence at your leisure. You can take day trips to Siena and my favorite San Gimignano, maybe go on a truffle hunting tour, and make sure to try a florentine steak..congratulations!


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  • Eric Parkinson

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    If you decide on the Cinque Terre region, let me recommend an alternative location from which to base your exploration: Porto Venere This is not, officially, one of the five villages -- and that's a good thing since it often gets overlooked by the hordes. We stayed at La Casa Del Pescatore B&B on an island right across Porto Venere and it was a wonderful, secluded yet convenient location. Ferries are plentiful from Porto Venere to/from the Cinque Terre and to/from La Spezia (which might be your main transportation hub in and out of the region). Andrea, the Pescatore caretaker, and his dog, Leon, are wonderful hosts. To give you a sense of the experience -- in order to go to and from town to the island, he will shuttle you back and forth in a boat.

    See more here: Tripadvisor - Casa del Pescatore and in my Flickr album

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      That sounds so lovely! Thanks for sharing your experience. · (0 likelikes)

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    It will be very hot and muggy and possibly raining in September. With one week, I would fly to Naples, base out of Sorrento and explore the Amalfi Coast. The Naples National Archaeological Museum in Naples and a guided walk (or just exploring on your own) are worth a day. Make sure to eat some pizza while exploring. You can go to Pompeii or Herculaneum and can choose either Capri or Ischia for a day trip by ferry (locals pick Ischia and it has cool water park with thermal ponds). Best of all, Sorrento is charming, quaint and romantic. One week should mean one home base. Avoid Rome, it's crawling with tourists and there are too many "must sees" for a short honeymoon vacation. The Italians in Southern Italy are laid back and hospitable. Congratulations!!

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      Totally agree with this post. You just can't get any better than Rome and Amalfi. If you do go to the Costiera Amalfitana make sure to spend some time in a few of the smaller towns too, or even base yourself in one of them. There are some really cool beach clubs in the town of Praiano that are open from May-October. And if you make friends with any of the locals you might even get invited to some "private" places. Rome is Rome, Il Caput Mundi, and there is no other place like it on earth. 3 days in Rome and 4 days/nights in Amalfi would be a great intro to Italy. And you are right, the people in the south are very friendly and more laid back. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Noor Spijkerman

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    The Cinque Terre is seriously beautiful and I believe it would be perfect for a honeymoon. We have stayed in this beautiful ''agriturismo'' Agriturismo Villanova. It was a real authentic experience. The agriturismo is perfectly located, close to the beach and some activities but it also feels as if you ar away from everything. A gorgeous terrace... Home made pesto ...

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  • Julie Sykes

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    Hi Lauren

    For the relaxing side of Italy, I agree with a previous answer of Tuscany. If you are renting a car you can also stay in a farmhouse / villa in the countryside. www.ownersdirect.com is a useful website to find places (I had a gorgeous week in a farmhouse appartment near Assisi in Umbria a few years ago). There is also good walking to be had in both Tuscany and Umbria.

    A point to note though: driving in Italy isn't particularly relaxing. Cars are a lot smaller than US citizens will be used to, but you'll see why when you see the spaces and tiny alleys in the small countryside towns. If you're sticking to towns and cities, public transport is very good and you won't need a car. Though towns and cities are less relaxing ...

    Another alternative place to relax for a few days is Lake Como (Comer See) in the north. You can wander round a little town such as Bellagio, and catch boats across the Lake to other towns too.

    For cities, Rome is always a fantastic (if busy) choice. For somewhere less touristed, I'd recommend Bologna. I wrote about Bologna here: http://www.thegapyearedit.com/travel/bologna-hipsters-meet-history/

    Wishing you a wonderful honeymoon in Italy. It's a great destination and one I keep going back to.

    Julie

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    September is a great time to visit Italy. Temperatures are warm enough that it is still considered high season for beach/seaside activities. Tuscany and/or Liguria (where Cinque Terre are; by the way, it won't take more than a day to visit them) are a great choice for a relaxing vacation. You may want to try an "agriturismo" (google it) to spend some time in the countryside eating local foods and relaxing in the nature. Southern Tuscany (Siena and Arezzo provinces) is expecially good for these establishments. Also Siena is a nice city to visit, and Lucca and Pisa could be two nice day trips from there (one or two hours by train).

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    If you are going at the right time (spring/summer) traveling to the Cinque Terre or Amalfi Coast would be beautiful. I recommend the Cinque Terre for active hiking and ability to travel to smaller cities for day trips or maybe an overnight. It is about 8 or 9 hours from Rome, which would make it doable. You could find a small airport to fly there faster too, just more expensive than trains.

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