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Honeymoon in Italy - Itinerary

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Hello everyone!

I recently posted a topic requesting help planning an itinerary for my honeymoon of 19 days between Greece, Italy and Paris. Naturally, our Fodors advisors (yourselves!) recommended to decrease the traveling, so my fiance and I have decided to concentrate solely on Italy. We are trying to plan our itinerary and need help from experts like yourselves.

We live in NYC and will be leaving Monday, September 1st, 2014, in the afternoon to Rome. We will be arriving to Rome around 6ish am on Tuesday, September 2nd.

From there, our next leg is the BIG question. After slaving for over a year to plan our large wedding, we want to go to a beach. I have done some serious research and, based off of what we want (hotel on the beach or at least a few steps from it), the beaches that match our criteria are Capri, Puglia, Taormina in Sicily, Ischia Island and Santa Teresa di Gallura. We want to be here until September 8th where we would like to take a flight or train to Venice.

We arrive in Venice same day in the early after noon and then depart on September 10th in the afternoon for Florence by train and arrive to Florence in the early evening.

We would leave Florence September 14th in the afternoon for Rome, arriving to Rome he same day in the early evening, and then leaving Rome back for NYC on September 19th in the early afternoon.

My main questions are:

1) Are there any cons to the beaches we have selected? I think we are favoring Taormina as it is in Sicily and can do some traveling around and visit Syracuse, although we like the Ischia Island idea and Capri because it is close to Napoli and we can visit Pompeii at some point.

2) For those who have travelled to those locations, any recommendations on hotels to stay at to, more specifically, NOT to stay at? Looking for beautiful hotels, nothing crazy expensive (probably between USD $250-400 a night for a very nice room with a sea view).

3) How are the amount of days in each place? Are we dedicating the right amount of time to Venice, Florence and Rome? We want to be there long enough where we don't feel we are rushing around seeing all the sights and museums. We want to be able to go calmly, but naturally not with all the time in the world.

4) I had read an article on here stating to not go through a travel agent, and opt for this website since many of you have travelled to these locations versus a travel agent who might not have and is pushing an agenda he/she knows nothing about. If you guys know a restaurant we must ABSOLUTELY try or a sight that must not be missed at one of these locations, please let me know!

Thank you so much for taking the time in helping me plan such an important event in my and my fiance's life.

:)

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