Honeymoon in Italy, Oct 2002

Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:16 AM
Mike Johnson
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Honeymoon in Italy, Oct 2002

Since my overseas travel experince is limited to Hong Kong, I need some help planning my honeymoon! I was thinking Rome, Florence, and Venice for about 3 days each but where else in Italy should we go? The Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, the Lakes? Any advice on tours, because after all, our Italian for Travelers course may not get us very far!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:23 AM
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Mike go for the gold and rent a car. My husband and I did that and had a blast. If you want to take a tour why not arrange for one while you are in a particular city. I know that the cost of fuel might be high but it was definitely worth it. Plus if you get bored with a city you can leave at your convenience.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:34 AM
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If you rent a car be sure to check your credit card coverage. Some exclude coverage in Italy.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:38 AM
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Mike, how many total days will you have in Italy? You're on the right track with your three days in each city. Read up on the other areas to determine which area interests you and then come back to the board for suggestions. There are a many people who here who have traveled in Italy extensively.

You may be surprised at how much your Italy for Travelers class will help you! My husband and I took a class at our local community college and felt pretty comfortable with basic Italian phrases and customs. If you are willing to try to speak a little Italian, the Italians are very responsive and helpful.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:50 AM
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Hi Mike,
Good choice for a honeymoon trip.We honeymooned there in '97.Apart from going to the cities,as you plan,we then spent a week in Positano on the Amalfi coast and a week touring Tuscany.Positano is very charming and romantic with some nice restaurants and good hotels.The drawback is that the beach is small and stony,but lots of lovely boat trips to take-highly recommend it.(We found Sorrento to be,on the whole,busy and dirty).We stayed at the Hotel Bucca de Bacco.We then went to Florence by train,stayed a few days and then rented a car and stayed in some LOVELY villages around Tuscany-Montepulciano,Castellina in Chianti,San Gimignano.Great food,wine atmosphere.Try to get hold of the following brochures-Magic of Italy/Italian Escapapades.We chose what we liked and booked ourselves where poosble-less expensive.Enjoy!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:09 AM
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Hello Mike. Lots of choices and they are all good. Here are some sample itineraires to consider. First, decide how much time you can spend and then do not try to do it all. You will return. The Bella Italia is a good starter itineray for about 2 weeks,but not during colder months. Good luck !


* Arrive and depart from Munich--14 nites--May thru Sep.--car travel
* ITINERARY: Salzburg, Dolomites, Venice, Lake Garda, Bavaria
* Arrive Milan, depart Venice--15 nites--car & train travel--April thru Oct.
* ITINERARY: The Lakes, Ligurian coast, Tuscany, Florence, Venice
* Arrive & depart Rome--12 to 14 nites--car & train travel, all year
* ITINERARY: Florence, Tuscan & Umbrian hilltowns, Rome
* Arrive & depart Rome--12 nites--car & train travel--March thru Oct.
* ITINERARY: Amalfi coast, Tuscany hilltowns, Rome

* Arrive and depart Zurich--12 nites--train travel--June thru Sep.
* ITINERARY: Berner Oberland, Lugano, Lake Como, Luzern
========================================These are merely intended to be sample itineraries. Every TRIP PLAN is unique
and is designed to meet your personal travel style, budget, and preferences.
Jan 10th, 2002, 05:08 AM
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Sorry it's taken a while but I wanted to think everyone for their input. After looking at the prices for smaller tours (under 12 people) and from what you all have said, we're starting to lean towards doing it on our own. I really want to hit the big 3 for a week or so and then close it out with Amalfi, my fiance loves the pictures she's seen. So now I'm on to the next step, planning. Car or train? Can I fly into Venice and out of Rome without paying outrageous rates (I was thinking north to south)?

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