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Honeymoon Rome/Amalfi OR Florence/Cinque Terre???

Honeymoon Rome/Amalfi OR Florence/Cinque Terre???

Nov 5th, 2006, 04:26 PM
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My husband and I just returned from out first visit to Italy. We only had one day in Rome before we boarded a cruise (it was supposed to be 2, but we got stuck in Frankfurt overnight due to a missed connection...don't let "blips" in your schedule get you down...they will happen!) I had never really been interested in Rome, but after one day there, I will definitely go back and spend at least 5 days. Yes, it's dirty, crowded, and chaotic. But once you're there you'll realize it is a living museum! Any lover of history will leave there with their tongue hanging out, in my opinion. You just have to look past the "dirty" and enjoy the chaos as part of the charm. We were there in October, which I think has become the high season. I would definitely visit in the off season when I return, even if I had to suffer bad weather. The crowds made it almost impossible to enjoy a lot of the experience. I don't know what the weather will be like in May/June (it was absolutely perfect in October, which is why the whole rest of the planet was there at the same time.!)
I can't advise you on the Amalfi coast, but from what I see, I don't think anyplace could be much more romantic! I disagree, though that Cinque Terre would not be romantic. The naturaly beauty is breathtaking. In Portovenere you will find a still standing Roman Temple to the Goddess Venus. What's more romantic than a visit with the goddess of love? We spent three nights there, and I definitely did NOT get enough. We will be back.
For history, charm, and romance the small city of Lucca in Tuscany can not be beat. There are ruins back to pre-Roman times and MUCH medeival architecture still standing. I found it magical.
One last piece of advice. If there is a place in this world you've always longed to visit...definitely make that one of your first priorities. Your soul will not rest until you do, and the feeling you will have when you accomplish a lifelong dream will eclipse all the expense and long flights.
Whatever you decide, you will have a wonderful trip..sounds like you're already discovering compromise, and your wonderful husband to be has already learned MY motto "happy wife, happy life." My best to you both!
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Nov 10th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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My husband and I did Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast in 2 1/2 weeks and didn't feel rushed. If you both like history, I would definitely recommend Rome instead of Florence but there are more crowds in Rome if that's what you're trying to avoid. If you're not into hiking, then I would recommend Amalfi Coast over Cinque Terre. The best part of Cinque Terre is the views from the hiking path. The Amalfi coast is in my opinion one of the most beautiful places in the world. Positano is a great base city to stay in while there - try the Hotel Poseidon. Take day trips to Ravello, Capri, Amalfi. All beautiful. Enjoy your honeymoon - you'll have fond memories of Italy for many years.
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Dec 17th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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You probably have already made youro plans; however, we are planning our second trip to Italy so I am reading this forum. I found Rome to be utterly fascinating with the churches FULL with original masterpieces including several Carravagios. We chose Cinque Terre over Venice and enjoyed it. There were many honeymooners there; it was quite romantic since it was charmingly small and quaint. Just be careful where you stay. We had an apartment for two nights in May which felt cold and damp like a cave. The water heater was about a gallon capacity so only one of us had a very quick shower. Enough on the bads; enjoy! Italy is for lovers.
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Dec 17th, 2006, 11:52 PM
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I'd like to chime in on Le Cinque Terre and its surrounding area. I happen to live in Lerici and met my now husband in Portovenere. In my opinion there is no more beautiful or romantic place than Portovenere. Lerici is not a bad consolation prize either! The colorful building, dramatic landscape, incredible sunsets and amazing food make a combination of "honeymoon perfect". While many do come to the CT area to hike, it certainly is not necessary. There is plenty more to do, see and enjoy!
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Dec 21st, 2006, 09:04 AM
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I love Italy and, after 15 visits, it is still my very first choice for a vacation.

IMO, you need to consider your activity level as well. I like to have options to do many things or nothing at all, but do not care to stay in places where I do not have those choices.

I found Rapallo on the coast a perfect spot for a few quiet days but would not have stayed longer.

For a honeymoon, I would stay in Florence and add Rome if there was time. I think these cities complement each other very well.

I do not care for Venice, as unpopular as that opinion may be.
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Dec 30th, 2006, 12:08 PM
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I love Rome (been there 2x)and it's got lots to see and do, especially from a historical viewpoint. Yes it is big, but not overwhelming. I've been to Florence (my friends loved it) and although nice, it didn't really make a big impact.
We went to Cinque Terre and found it beautiful. Very laid back-some beaches-some towns are larger than others (quaint to modern). Very romantic for couples. We did the hiking and it was great, quite the workout.
The weather should be perfect for your trip (not too hot or cold).
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Jan 1st, 2007, 08:23 PM
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Hands down, Rome-Amalfi and if you're looking for romantic I would stay in Positano, Villa Rosa # 32(to die for) or #33. or if money is no object then stay at San Pietro... they even have their own chapel.... then dine at Donna Rosa....my daughter was with us and fell in love with Positano and the Amalfai coast/hill towns and someday would like to return on her honeymoon.From there you can take day trips via boat for very cheap to Capri and Amalfi. and Rome is very lively day or night especially at night near Piazza Navona.
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Jan 12th, 2007, 09:37 PM
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Hi- You've probably booked your honeymoon already since these posts are from October, but do you mind me asking what you decided? I am planning my honeymoon for the same time (probably a week before yours) and have only 5-6 days and was deciding between Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre....
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Jan 13th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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I wonder if there is any place in Italy that is not romantic. I have been there 8 times and love every place I have been...big and small cities. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there: Verona, Venice, 1 week in a cottage outside of Florence with a rented car, then the Italian Riveria and Milan. Every place was special for us.
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Jan 19th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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I just wanted to respond, for the sake of djcrust, and to thank everyone who gave us such wonderful input.

We have decided that we will probably just go to Rome for 10 days. Our first choice was going to be Rome and the Amalfi Coast, but we have decided that financially, our best bet is going to be to rent an apartment in Rome for a week, and then maybe do a day trip or two from Rome. We are thinking of checking out FLorence for one day, and/or maybe a side trip to Naples and Pompeii.

We have also decided to postpone our honeymoon, just based on the overwhelming cost of our wedding (I'm sure you can relate). So we are now planning to go some time in September. BUT - if we weren't concerned about finances, and we were still going in May, we would DEFINITELY have chosen Amalfi Coast over Cinque Terre. To US, it just seemed more romantic, and more like what we were looking for, as far as activities go. We would also stay at least one night on Capri, if we could.
Jan 20th, 2007, 12:41 PM
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I just had to respond after reading this entire post to say that you will not regret your decision to just go to Rome. My husband and I went to Italy for the first time 5 years ago (for our 15th anniversary) and we just LOVED it. We had been all over Europe before that, but for some reason we never made it to Italy. When we finally went, we just fell in love with it and we are going back in April for our 20th anniversary.

On our first trip we were in Rome for six days and it was barely enough, that's why we're going back for another six days.

We went to Venice on our first trip and it was nice but to us it wasn't anything THAT wonderful. But that's just our opinion. You will read posts from many who just love Venice.

We went to many wonderful places in Italy, but our favorite is still Rome.

Best wishes on your trip to Rome. You will absolutely love it! This will be your first trip to Italy, but I doubt it will be your last.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 05:08 AM
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we where on our 2nd honeymoon and we booked through our travel agent & she booked the limousine & tours
we decided upon 3 localities Firstly Ravello but Positano would of been our next stop then onto Rome anf Florence
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