7 Best Destinations for a Honeymoon in Italy

by Jessica on November 2, 2009

by | November 2nd, 2009  

loversWhen I was planning my first trip to Italy, my then-fiance and I toyed briefly with the idea of eloping while we were there. After a quick perusal of a few websites and books, it became clear that putting the words “Italy” and “eloping” into the same sentence wasn’t going to be easy, and we abandoned the plan. But it’s not surprising at all that Italy routinely ranks among the top honeymoon destinations in the world, for the same reason that we initially wanted to get married there – it’s so incredibly romantic.

So, if you can’t be bothered with everything it would take to organize a wedding in Italy, then planning a honeymoon in Italy is absolutely the next best thing.

But where in Italy should you spend your honeymoon? That might be the most challenging question to answer. Because there are so many places in Italy that seem tailor-made for a romantic vacation of any kind, you almost can’t go wrong. Almost.

I know people who honeymooned in Rome and loved it, and I know there are romantic Rome hotels that could probably make a honeymoon in Rome feel deliciously luxurious, but if you’re asking me (which you kind of are, since you’re reading this article) where you should go on your Italy honeymoon, Rome isn’t going to make the cut. Instead, here are my top 7 Italy honeymoon destinations (which will, of course, work for any romantic Italy trip you’re taking – honeymoon or not).

Tuscany

Sure, the whole “Tuscan Sun” thing has been played out, and you’re bound to run into more tourists in Tuscany’s famed hilltowns than Italians during some parts of the year, but there’s a reason people keep coming back to this region of central Italy year after year. It’s bloody gorgeous.

Y’know those pictures you’ve seen of mist-covered green hills punctuated by spire-like cypress trees winding along on either side of the driveway to someone’s ancient and beautiful farmhouse? Those places exist, and with remarkable frequency, throughout Tuscany. The food can be amazing (and inexpensive), the wine is legendary, and there’s nothing quite like sharing a moment in a cobbled piazza with your sweetheart – preferably over gelato.

I’d recommend honeymooners base themselves in a quieter hill town for the bulk of their honeymoon, just to make the most of the relaxed atmosphere, but unless you hate art you really can’t spend time in Tuscany without visiting Florence for a couple of days. Otherwise, towns like San Gimignano, Lucca, Montalcino, and Pienza are worth considering (make sure you know which ones have train stations, as that can be an issue if you’re not planning to rent a car).

>> More Tuscany travel information

Amalfi Coast

Images of the Amalfi Coast are enough to make any traveler drool, and especially anyone planning a honeymoon. Who doesn’t love the thought of sun-drenched beaches and pastel-colored buildings cascading down hillsides? And when you add the fact that this part of Italy is a playground for the rich and famous, it makes it even more alluring.

There are several towns which make up the Amalfi Coast (including one actually called Amalfi), and several more on the coast nearby which aren’t technically part of the Amalfi Coast but are close enough to make getting back and forth for day-trips easy. There are also a few islands just off the coast itself which take the whole sense of honeymoon luxury up another few notches.

The town of Positano is one of the best-known in this area, and a favorite destination for a romantic Italy vacation. Other towns worth considering for your home-base are Amalfi, Ravello, and Sorrento. And if the islands sparked your interest, look for a place on Capri, Ischia, or Procida.

>> More Amalfi Coast travel information

Sicily

This may seem like an unusual suggestion on a honeymoon destination list, but after listening to an episode of The Amateur Traveler that was all about Sicily, I think it’s probably the ideal honeymoon spot for people who want to experience more of the “real” Italy – the more intense Italy – and, perhaps even more important, those who want to escape the crowds.

The Sicily podcast interviewed Madeline Jhawar, who used to be a tour guide in Italy and who spent her own honeymoon in Sicily. She points out that it’s where tour guides in Italy go on vacation, and if there’s a better endorsement than that, I don’t know of one. Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean and enjoys warm weather all year long – in fact, it’s downright stifling in summer, so it’s a great spot for a fall or winter honeymoon.

If you want more than just beautiful beaches on your honeymoon, however, Sicily doesn’t disappoint. The island is home to both Roman and Greek ruins, and some very high-end resorts from which to experience it all. Resort towns like Taormina and Cefalù have been welcoming sun-seekers for ages, but don’t expect traveling through these places (or anywhere else in Sicily for that matter) to be as straightforward as travel is in other parts of Italy. Knowing some Italian is a good idea, and having a spirit of adventure is almost a prerequisite. If you go, you’ll be rewarded with warm weather and warm people.

>> More Sicily travel information

Italian Lakes

So, if I told you that some of the most romantic scenes from the latest crop of Star Wars movies – including the kiss on the balcony and the wedding itself – were filmed in the Italian lakes region, would that be enough to convince you that it’s a great honeymoon location?

In truth, the lakes region in Italy was a popular honeymoon destination – and overall a popular vacation spot – long before a film crew decided to shoot some scenes there, and it’s easy to see why. There are several lakes in the northern part of the country, any of which would make a great base for a honeymoon (which one would depend in part on whether you wanted to stay put and lounge about or make day-trips elsewhere, as some are more well-connected than others).

The most famous lake is probably Lake Como, home to George Clooney among others in the rich and famous set, but Lake Maggiore would be a close second. The good news is that you can visit many of the towns on one lake, or a couple towns on each lake, if you’ve got the time and the right transportation. How decadent does a lake-hopping honeymoon in Italy sound?

>> More Italy lakes travel information

Liguria

I kind of think the Cinque Terre are to budget travel what the Amalfi Coast is to luxury travel. With both places, you get the same kind of coast-town atmosphere and multi-colored cliffside houses, but with the Cinque Terre you’re brushing by backpackers carrying Rick Steves books – whereas on the Amalfi Coast you could be rubbing shoulders with the vacationing elite. But all the focus of the backpacker/budget travel set on the Cinque Terre has somewhat overshadowed the other beautiful towns on the Ligurian coast – which is, after all, called the Italian Riviera.

Many of the towns along Liguria’s coastline have the same kind of scenery you’ve come to expect from places like the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre, but most of the non-Cinque Terre towns aren’t nearly as visited as those on the Amalfi (at least by non-Italians). And although the water you’d be lazily staring at isn’t technically the Mediterranean (it’s the Ligurian Sea), you’re not likely to notice.

In fact, if you’ve ever looked into taking a Mediterranean cruise, you may recognize the name Portofino – it’s a popular port of call, and (like some of the Amalfi Coast towns) more of a high-end vacation spot. But nearby towns like Santa Margherita Ligure, Portovenere, and Rapallo are other towns you might want to consider as a seaside base for your Italian honeymoon.

>> More Liguria travel information

Sardinia

The other big island off Italy’s coast besides Sicily is Sardinia – and it’s even more remote and less populated. I’d say that Sardinia might be a better choice for a honeymoon in Italy if you’re more of an intrepid traveler, are planning to rent a car, are hoping to do some active outdoorsy stuff on your honeymoon, and still want to have a gorgeous sandy beach nearby to recover after a strenuous hike.

Sardinia may be most famous with travelers for its beaches (yes, including some of Italy’s nude beaches), and one beach town on Sardinia was even named the #1 “emerging destination” for 2009 by Trip Advisor. Sardinia’s beaches (especially on the Costa Smerelda) are some of the most popular August holiday destinations for Italians, who make it so you almost can’t see the beaches themselves for all the bodies on them. So if you’re looking for a beach town in which to escape the crowds, you might need to look elsewhere (but at least you’d be surrounded by Italians!).

Beyond the beaches, however Sardinia is also a great spot for those who love hiking, sailing, mountain biking, kayaking, and other outdoors activities. In fact, many of the guided tours on the island are just about outdoors activities and have nothing to do with the beaches at all. Still, it might be nice to know the beaches are there if you want them.

>> More Sardinia travel information

Venice

You knew I had to include Venice on my list, right? I mean, I can’t stop talking about how much I love the city, after all. And while there are valid reasons why you might want to avoid Venice on your honeymoon, there are also few places I can think of that can match the canal city for overall romantic impact and “wow” factor. And if you do it right, you can avoid (or at least avoid getting hung up on) the things that people will warn you about when it comes to Venice, leaving you with nothing but happy honeymoon memories.

Venice isn’t the kind of place I’d suggest for an entire honeymoon, unless you’ve got bottomless pockets, because it really is an expensive place to stay. But the city does warrant a couple of days, if only to experience the bliss that is early-morning Venice before the day-trippers arrive or late-night Venice after they’ve left. There’s nothing more perfect for a honeymoon “to-do” list than to simply wander through beautiful alley-like streets, getting utterly lost and having only your newly-minted spouse for company. Bonus points if it’s a little chilly out, requiring extra-close proximity while strolling.

I’ll be the first to admit that in order to truly love Venice you’ve got to make a little bit of effort, so if you’re in the market for an Italy honeymoon that basically runs on auto-pilot once you arrive, then look elsewhere. If you don’t mind meeting Venice halfway, however, then I highly recommend it. It’ll be my pick if the husband ever utters the words “second honeymoon.”

>> More about romantic hotels in Venice
>> More Venice travel information

What’s your ideal Italy honeymoon destination?

In listing these seven places that I think would make the perfect place for a honeymoon in Italy, I’ll hastily add that I’m barely scratching the surface of honeymoon-worthy destinations. I left out the beaches of Puglia, the rolling hills of Umbria, and the mountains of the Piedmont – and a million other places where you could have a lovely romantic vacation in Italy.

So what would be your pick for the best place to spend a honeymoon in Italy? Let me know in the comments below!

photo by yanivba, enhanced with Picnik.com by me

{ 35 comments }

Adventurous Kate November 2, 2009 at 10:17 am
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Great list — covers a lot of the diversity that is Italy.

I’d add a few more — Pantelleria, the volcanic island slightly closer to Tunisia than Sicily; Emilia-Romagna for foodie honeymooners (Bologna-Modena-Ferrara-Parma etc.); and Romeo and Juliet’s hometown of Verona!

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Arpit Rai July 3, 2012 at 3:57 am
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Can u tel me wht is the temperature there in December.

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Scintilla November 2, 2009 at 11:07 am
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Hi Jessica,
You are too right that Positano is a favoured town. Barely a day goes past where I don’t see a wedding party there (usually while I’m dishevelled and coming up from the beach). It’s like a factory for lovers !

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Anne November 2, 2009 at 11:13 am
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I have been to The Lakes..- Como…Liguria, and Sicily, would go back to any of those places, but on the other hand I think I should choose another area in Italy…Piedmont, Tuscany, Amalfi..!

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Angela Nickerson November 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm
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Ooh! I am blogging about my 2nd honeymoon today — in Venice! It is such a romantic city!
http://www.gypsysguide.com/2009/11/hotel-cipriani.html

If I had it to do over again, I’d have spent my 1st honeymoon there, too!

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yogi January 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm
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Hi Jessica

Thanks a lot for your description of places and your suggestions about honeymoon in Italy. Its truly a great help. However all the places sounds so amazing its got me confused which one to pick. I plan to go for 2 weeks honeymoon in june, and since i would be going to italy for 1st time, I read your 2 weeks perfect itinerary too. What I intend to do is mix your 2 weeks perfect itinerary with your suggestions in this article, and thats where i need your help.
I plan to land in venice and fly out from Rome as suggested by you. I am interested in visiting venice, Cinque Terra, Amalfi coast (Capri, postiano), Florence and Tuscany and 2-3 days in Rome. Is this do-able?. Or do you think i should skip Rome completely and spend more time in Amalfi coast and Tuscany? I dont want to make my travelling too hectic, but dont feel like missing Rome either :)

Also, if its do-able wat travel route should i follow (i tried to figure out from map, but cudnt) Also both of us love driving. So can you suggest, where all can we use rental car to travel between places eg. can we travel by car from cinque Terra to Florence, can we base our selves at Florence and make day trips by car to couple of tuscany towns.

Another help i am looking for is with regards to accomodation. Since its our honeymoon, i intend to stay in good properties. Can you suggest some options. Infact i would love to book some beautiful property in 1-2 destinations that i m travelling to , to make it more memorable and exotic. Which destination would it be worth spending extra bucks on accomdation and do u have any recommendations for any property?

Thanks once again for all you articles and look forward for your suggestions…
Cheers
Yogi

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Jessica January 11, 2010 at 10:52 am
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Hi, Yogi:

Thanks for your note, and congratulations on your upcoming honeymoon! :)

Personally, I think although it’s technically possible to do everything you’re listing, it would feel a bit rushed. Because the Cinque Terre (there’s an E on the end, not an A) and the Amalfi Coast are both coastal areas, I’d suggest picking one or the other. Yes, they’re different from one another, but that’s one easy way to eliminate one place from your proposed itinerary without sacrificing too much.

Here are some thoughts on your other questions:

* Regarding a route to follow, I think if you look at my 2-week itinerary post, you’ll find a decent route to follow – and one that covers pretty much all the places you’re talking about (with the exception of the Amalfi Coast). If you substitute the Amalfi Coast for the Cinque Terre, it should still be easy enough to figure out a route based on what I listed in the 2-week itinerary. For more specific driving instructions, I refer to the Via Michelin site.

* Regarding driving, I have yet to drive in Italy (I don’t like driving in general, and love the train system in Italy), so I’ll refer you to my tips for driving in Italy as a place to start. There are definitely places where it’s more of a hassle than a help to have a car – and the Cinque Terre is one of them. Big cities are also a pain to drive and park in. Having a car for day-trips in places like Tuscany, however, can be really fun.

* Regarding accommodation, I think staying in nicer places in particularly romantic cities would be fun, so in Venice and the Amalfi Coast, for instance, you might want to splurge a bit. The trouble is that both of those are traditionally more expensive cities even if you’re traveling on a budget, so when you’re thinking of splurging you’ll be spending even more. You can find listings for accommodation options I’ve written about on each of the city-specific pages of the site, including Venice, Rome, and Florence.

I hope that helps!
Jessica

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yogi January 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm
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Hi Jessica

Thanks a lot for your wishes and your reply. Its indeed very helpful just like all your other articles and postings. and I guess your suggestion to drop Amalfi, since cinque terre and Amalfi are both coastal areas makes sense. But if i drop Amalfi, then i believe i will be left with few spare days. Should i consider visiting one of the lakes? i have planned 2 days in venice, 2 days in cinque terre, 4 days in florence/tuscany and 2-3 days in rome. This makes it 11 days out of 14days that I have planned. I dont intend to spend more time in Rome, coz it will just become too historic. Where do you think can i extend my stay, or it there some other nearby place which you can suggest for me to explore?

Cheers
Yogi

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Jessica January 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
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Personally, I think the city of Florence alone is worth three days, so why not add a couple extra days in Florence so you can take day-trips? So a total of 5 days in Florence, which gives you 2 full days of day-trips into Tuscany. Then you could add that other day onto Venice, or the Cinque Terre, or even Rome (and use it for a day-trip to the Roman coast, or a hill-town outside Rome).

These articles on day-trips from Florence & Venice might help you plan:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/day-trips-from-florence.html
http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/day-trips-from-rome.html

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yogi February 8, 2010 at 11:57 am
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Thanks Jessica… that sounds like some plan now :) thanks once again for all your help.
cheers
Yogi

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Jessica February 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm
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You’re welcome, Yogi, & have a great trip!

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Nitesh July 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm
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Hi Jessica, really wonderful website, and I find this article particularly useful as I plan to visit Italy for my honeymoon. I am planning to visit (from India) in the first half of December this year (30th November to 13th Dec). Wanted to know whether all these destinations are good to go in the specified period. Or are these too cold/rainy? Really appreciate all your help :-)

cheers
Nitesh

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Jessica July 20, 2010 at 9:49 am
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Hi, Nitesh:

First of all, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! :)

Some of the places listed above will definitely be cold in November-December. I’d say if you want to have better luck weather-wise at that time of year, stay in the south. In particular, Sicily, Calabria, and Puglia may be your best options. I don’t know that it will be “beach weather” then, but especially in Sicily it shouldn’t be really cold (like Venice is at that time of year), and if the weather is nice enough all three of those regions are famous for their beaches. I’d check with a weather forecasting site online to see what the November-December forecasts for those three regions are, and see if any of them are warm enough for your taste.

Ciao,
Jessica

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Susan Berman August 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm
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After reading this post it makes me realize that sometimes we don’t really appreciate how blessed we really are. On a side note I really would really appreciate your input on the best place for my sisterto go for a honeymoon. Thoughts?

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Jessica August 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm
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Hi, Susan:

The title of the article above is “7 Best Destinations for a Honeymoon in Italy,” so I think that’s my input for the best places to look for anyone – your sister or otherwise – thinking of a honeymoon in Italy. ;)

Ciao,
Jessica

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Cathy December 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm
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Hi, Jessica:

My Fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon for July 2011. This article, and many of your others that I am reading, are very helpful in figuring out how to spend our one week in Italy. I was however wondering if there is anywhere in Italy (the lakes perhaps?) where we could do some fishing? We are avid fishermen/women and love the outdoors (hiking, ATVing, etc) and would love to do some fishing in Italy. We would like to spend a few days in a quieter town, fishing and relaxing, as well as some time in Venice (your advice on getting utterly lost in Venice is exactly what we hope to do!), and perhaps Rome. Is there anywhere you could suggest so that we could fit it all in the one week?

Cheers,
Cathy

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Jessica December 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm
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Fishing is a big deal in many parts of Italy, which makes sense – there’s so much coastline. I don’t know of any specifically, but you could probably find a fishing trip from Venice if you wanted to (seafood is a major staple in the Venetian diet). Honestly, it’s likely you could find a local fisherman willing to take you along in just about any fishing village up and down either side of the Italian peninsula – you’d just need a translator to help convey your request.

With just a week to spend, I think trying to do Venice, Rome *and* a quiet town for fishing is going to be packing in too much. If fishing is at the top of your list, I’d pick either Venice or Rome. And since both of those cities are near enough to water, you can probably find fishing opportunities from either one. There are also smaller (quieter) towns near both Venice and Rome that would be nice for relaxing as well.

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Dani December 20, 2010 at 5:51 am
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Salve jessica :) !

I have read your 2-weeks itinerary and just loved it. everything is so perfectly and conversantly elaborated by you. Awsome !
Secondly, it has been very helpful in making me understand the cities and DOs and DONTs.
This would be our first time so, making most out of it is what we want from the trip.

Me and my fiancĂ©e are planning our honeymoon in Italy early April’11 (wedding on 27th March). Mostly following the itinerary of yours :) and 2days in Venice are CONFIRMED (so excited to be there the way you have pictured it). Our itinerary looks as under:
- Milan (1xday) .. since arriving in Milan early morning (30th March)
- Venice (2 days) .. (31st March & 1st April)
- Florence (4days) .. (2nd ~5th April) – day trips to cinque Terre, siena, exploring city, etc
- Rome (4 days) … (6th~9th April) – day trips to naples, city exploring, vatican etc
- Milan (1day) … (10th April) bank to Milan for departure on 11th .. no major activity around, probably city tours only

I have worked upon the trip cost also (all inclusive – but excluding air fare) as under:
Milan (1 day) … 97 Euros
Venice (2days) … 308 Euros
Florence (4days) … 390 Euros
Rome (4days) … 425 Euros
Milan (1day) … 97 Euros
Total = 1317 Euros … rounding to 1350 Euros

Now here comes the problems or list of queries i would say ; and would really like to have your advice upon :)

1) I want to visit capri while in Rome… considering my Itinerary & planned cost is it fine ? doable ?
2) Should i get a Rail pass ? as we will be mostly opting Train(s) for travelling
3) In venice for two days .. getting youth pass or venice pass .. advisable?
4) Regarding dining & snacks, I have noted some HALAL food outlets in MILAN, VENICE, ROME & Florence (being Muslims we would prefer these outlets) … any idea how much food cost will be there? what effect will it make to our food cost comparing it with local food outlets… increase or lessen? any idea?
5) is this budget suffice ?
6) In this budget should i be needing to cut-off the trip days? advisable ? making 10 days instead of 14?

..
I would be looking froward for your advice :)
PS. it may seem haphazard or over-flooding you with the details but its my first ever time writing/blogging on the internet seeking advice :)

Regards and SALVe’ :)

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Jessica December 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm
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Thanks for your note, and I’m glad my articles are helpful to you! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

Here are some thoughts based on your questions:

1. With a 4-day stay in Rome, I would say that no – Capri is not advisable. You’re already planning a day trip to Naples from Rome, but you wouldn’t have time to do both Naples and Capri on that same trip.
2. This article talks about when to buy a rail pass for Italy http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/when-to-buy-an-italy-rail-pass.html
3. This article talks about the Venice discount passes so you can see whether it would be worth it http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/when-to-buy-an-italy-rail-pass.html
4. I’m afraid I don’t know anything about the costs of halal foods in Italy, sorry.
5. It sounds like you’ve worked out your budget based on looking up prices on hotels and food, so you’re probably fine, but here’s an article I wrote about daily budgets for Italy for some additional information http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/italy-qa-daily-budget-for-italy.html

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Dani December 23, 2010 at 5:43 am
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Thanks Jessica !
and your articles are really helpful :) heart crossed !

hmmm … all the mathematics should do the trick now ;)
hopefully i’ll do it …

and regarding the budget … in 1350 Euros my itinerary is fine ? i mean the number of days or should i cut-off a couple of days?

Thanks

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Jessica December 23, 2010 at 9:16 am
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Did you click through to read the article on budgeting that I linked to? If you did, you’ll know that I’m not a good budgeter – so your best bet is to do the math like you have, based on how much your research shows hotels and transportation will cost, and plan your trip accordingly.

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Dani December 24, 2010 at 10:50 am
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Hi Jessica !
:) yeah i have gone through these links… but anyways everything / every info has been so helpful to us .. really … :) must say you have done a great work .

Ciao,
addi

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Misty January 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm
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The best part of a honeymoon in Italy is that you don’t have to limit it to one place! We loved Positano of course, and the Amalfi coast, Rome seemed more like a vacation than a honeymoon (which was fine with me, lol), you really can’t go wrong! Planning a wedding in Italy is an undertaking though.

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Fiona January 13, 2011 at 8:24 am
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Reading all these posts makes me SO excited for my own Italian honeymoon! Keep ‘em coming!

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nain February 2, 2011 at 5:54 am
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Hi Jessica,

Cant tell you how useful all the information on your site is turning out to be for our last min honeymoon. We are flying into venice on feb16 afternoon and out on Feb25 afternoon. We were thinking of feb16,17 in venice, take the train on 18th morning to florence and send time in florence and a romantic hill town till feb22 morning. Feb22 morning to Rome from florence in train and then leave Rome on feb25 afternoon.

I am very confused and since there is so much reading to do and very litte time thought you could help.

1. Does our itenary sound too hectic?
2. Which hill town do we choose for a romantic stay near Florence. We will be using public transportation. Do we stay 18 and 19 in florence and then 20 and 21 in seina. Or instead of seina we can choose from lucca or any other suggestion.

We both are foodies but veggies..we love quaint towns,romantic hotels with big bathtubs(saw this in one of ur recommended places near seinna but was too expensive).

3. Is 2 1/2 days in rome good enuff for vatican and the rest. Do we have to make online bookings before for the vatican and if so how?

4. please suggest good romantic hotels in each of these places within 170dollars per day(is that too less?

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Jessica February 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm
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First off, congrats on your upcoming honeymoon! :)

Here are my thoughts:

To me, this itinerary does sound quite busy, but that’s me. With less than 10 days total, including your travel days, I’d say you could have a less hectic trip by staying 2 nights in Venice, 3 nights in Florence, and 4 nights in Rome.

You could do a day trip from Florence to Siena or Lucca or another town on one of your Florence days, and a day trip to the hill town of Orvieto or Frascati from Rome on one of your Rome days – both of those would give you the hill town experience without requiring that you move hotels.

You don’t have to do an advance booking for the Vatican Museums, no – and at this time of year, you won’t have to wait in long lines the way people do in the summer.

Here are some romantic hotels, you’ll have to check to see what their prices are like in February – they may still be too expensive for your budget, but it’s worth looking:
http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/romantic-hotels-in-rome.html
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/romantic-hotels-in-venice.html
http://www.italylogue.com/accommodation/florence-hotels-with-a-view-of-the-river-getting-a-room-with-a-view-in-florence.html

Italy is very vegetarian-friendly – just make sure you learn how to say “I don’t eat meat” in Italian to be sure to get your point across. Also keep in mind that to Italians, saying you’re a vegetarian doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t eat – for instance – something cooked in chicken broth. They often think that doesn’t count as meat, so you can’t guarantee that you won’t get some meat byproduct unless you’re explicit about it.
http://www.selectwisely.com/selectwisely/products/cards/vegetarian/fc000008.htm
https://www.allergytranslation.com/Home/home.php

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Garry February 27, 2011 at 10:48 am
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Hi Jessica, so glad I stumbled across your website :) My fiancee and I are trying to plan a Italian Honeymoon at the end of September this year – we are hoping to spend 7 nights in Italy before heading across to France for the second week. We were thinking about flying into Rome, spending 2 nights here then head to Florence/Tuscany for 2 nights, then off to Venice (1 night) and eventually winding up at Lake Como (1-2 nights)…? What are your thoughts on this…are we attempting too much?

Also, we were wondering whether to hire a car or use the train? Looking at the train system it looks like we can utilise the train system for most legs of the journey then hire a car from Venice to Lake Como? Sorry for so many questions….Thanks! Garry

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Jessica March 3, 2011 at 9:46 am
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It depends a bit on how relaxing you want your honeymoon to be, but I do think this is a bit much for one week. I encourage you to look up transportation times between cities so you know how much of each of your transit days will be taken up by sitting on a train (and yes, I think taking trains is your best option here, even including from Venice to Lake Como).

Here are my tips for creating the perfect Italy itinerary, perhaps this will help:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/how-to-create-the-perfect-italy-itinerary.html

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Christine March 27, 2011 at 6:13 am
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Hi Jessica-I’m glad I came across your web-site. My fiance and I are planning an Italian honeymoon at the end of August or the first week of September. We are loking to spend 10-12 nights in Italy. We both speak Italian so i won’t be too bad getting around from place to place. We would like to visit several cities in Italy. These are the areas we are interested in in order of or favorites-Sicily, Tuscany, Capri, Almafi Coast, Venice and Rome. We like the boating, beaches, food and some sight seeing. My family is from Sicily and I have been there. Its a beautiful city and I would like to take my fiance there but I would also like to see other areas in Italy. Any suggestions on visiting some of those cities? I know that we cannot visit all of them in 10 days.

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Jessica March 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm
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You’re right, that’s too much for 10 days! I’d suggest that you start with a map of Italy and start looking up transportation times, since the biggest thing people overlook is how long it takes to get from place to place. Here are my itinerary-planning tips:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/how-to-create-the-perfect-italy-itinerary.html

With 10 days, you can probably plan to stay in 3-4 different cities (as long as you don’t mind moving around often) – I’d probably go with 3 at the most, but that’s me.

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tripgirl6 April 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm
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My choice would definitely be Venice! There’s something so romantic about the gondolas and the bridges, it’s probably the best place for a getaway for two!! Venice definitely!

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Christine April 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm
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Thanks Jessica! My fiance and I decided to extend our trip to 17 days!! We are flying into Naples..staying in Positano for 3 nights and Capri for 3 nights. Then we are driving back to Naples for the night and visiting family there. The remainder of the trip will be in Sicily. Do you have any suggestions on hotels in Positano or areas in Sicily to visit? My fiance is working so hard on booking this trip. I will let you know what hotels we decide on!!

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Jessica April 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm
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Not sure how long you’ve got in Sicily, but I’d suggest renting a car when you get there so you can get beyond the big cities. The main cities and towns have train/bus service, but most of Sicily is best accessed by car. There are wonderful Greek ruins in several places, notably near Agrigento; Palermo is a beautiful historic city; Taormina is a popular beachside resort. Here are some more tips about Sicily: http://www.italylogue.com/sicily

As for hotels in Positano, this post has a map with some hotels all over the Amalfi Coast – they’re on the budget side, though, so I’m not sure if that’s what you’re looking for during a honeymoon: http://www.italylogue.com/hotels/cheap-hotels-in-positano.html

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mona April 10, 2012 at 10:54 am
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Hello. I will be travelling to Italy for the first time for our honeymoon. We will spend a week in Turkey and then head to Italy for 12 nights. We will leave from Rome, so I would like to fly into a different city that might have direct flights from Turkey. We would like to divide the 12 nights between 3 locations, Rome, Sicily, and ?? Are we best to visit somewhere in the south? Could we sneak in somewhere in the north, Tuscany or Venice or anywhere else that makes sense? Any advice is much appreciated.

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Nikki Hardin December 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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First, thank you sooo much for this information; I am planning a 9 day honeymoon to Italy in April and have been completely overwhelmed by where to go and what to see. There is just so much to see and do. We are pretty active and looking for 60/40 split with touring/relaxation. The main places on our list were Tuscany/Florence and the Amalfi Coast. I am struggling a bit with Rome because it seems like one of those places that we should check off the list while we’re there. It doesn’t sound like the most romantic place but I would like to do a Vatican tour and see the Colosseum. How would you suggest making the most of a 9 day honeymoon in April? Again, we definitely want to see some major sights but we also want to relax, wander around the piazzas, sit at outdoor cafes and have wine and great food, etc.

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