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Honeymoon to Italy...venice is certain..then what?

Honeymoon to Italy...venice is certain..then what?

May 21st, 2012, 06:36 AM
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Since you will have seen a good bit of the Med on your cruise, I suggest, due to limited time, you do Venice and Lake Como ( Bellagio or Varenna) You could fly back from Milan if you do Lake Como. you can easily use trains and transport to Milan from the Lake is easy. Paris and Rome and all the rest can be visited on anniversaries ;-)
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May 21st, 2012, 01:34 PM
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I know I'm biased but I'd spend the whole time in Venice - 7 days isn't a lot. (Before moving here we'd spent a total of 8 weeks over 6 holidays here, and still felt we'd only scratched the surface.) You don't want to be rushing round and getting stressed and tired on your honeymonn, do you? So just end with a semi-relaxing week in the most beautiful city in the world! Florence is good for shopping but it's also incredibly crowded and to me, stress-inducing. One full-on location (Barcelona) is enough, surely!
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May 21st, 2012, 01:50 PM
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I agree wholeheartedly with caroline_edinburgh.
Venice = Romance!
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May 21st, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Me three. Venice for the whole. It is a wonderful, romantic, layed back spot. Perfect to wind down your Honeymoon. (I highly disagree with the poster who said two days is enough.)
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May 22nd, 2012, 09:35 AM
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I agree that you cannot do Venice and Paris in the time you have without being rushed and tired. Save Paris for another time. Stay in Venice, and do day trips to nearby cities, by train.
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May 22nd, 2012, 09:44 AM
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You really have only 5 days between your return to Barcelona and your departure for home on the 14th. That isn't enough time for the Amalfi Coast and Venice. There are plenty of options near Venice for a day trip or two. I would stay in Venice.
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May 22nd, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Hello all!

Since we are going to be "go-go-go" on the cruise, we are thinking to do venice and amalfi coast...fiance is really pushing that idea!

Talillama: you make a great point...and I think that perhaps for a honeymoon it may be better to "relax" at a bit slower pace in amalfi? My only concern is there not being enough to do...but I suppose if the beaches are amazing - i could be content spending parts of my day in a bikini beachside. Fiance is suggesting we stay in Sorrento, and take day trips to the other cities....I'm thinking it may be easier to stay in Amalfi? Which is the most developed, nicest city? With nice beaches?

The more I read, the more I'm realizing we may be spreading ourselves too thin by wanting to be on the "go go go" the entire honeymoon...at the same time, we don't want to be "bored". We're in our mid twenties with lots of energy..

uhoh_busted: Is there much to do in Lake Como? Feel this may be a bit to down tempo for us..
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May 22nd, 2012, 03:05 PM
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We went to Italy last year and visited Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Vatican City. Venice is very small and our 2 days there were plenty. You can visit San Marco Square, Rialto Bridge and walk along the canal all in one day. Florence was beauitful too with main attractions being the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Art Gallery. We also made a day trip to Pisa to climb the Leaning Tower. Total of 3 days were plenty, even 2 would suffice. We absolutely fell in love with Rome - this city is so amazingly beautiful with the Colosseum (be sure to do the underground tour), Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps. We also made a day trip to Vatican City to tour the museum and visit St Peter's. Absolutely amazing. We spent 4 days there and wished we had another 4. Would go back there in a heartbeat.

On the other hand, you cannot beat the romantic feeling in Paris. This city can make anyone fall in love! We spent 4 days here and were blown away by its beauty. IMO, it is a must-go for a honeymoon! It is so relaxing just walking along the Seine and people watching over a cafe and fresh croissant. Best of luck with your planning and have a great time!
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May 22nd, 2012, 05:33 PM
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Lake Como is very romantic. You can take the ferry to multiple towns, but the views of the mountains and lake are simply splendid from many places. Shopping is fun. The great villas are beautiful. It is very difffent from being at a beach town. We did some hiking, and even took a daytrip to Switzerland...but you won't have that much time. Bellagio is gorgeous. Several of the best restaurants are located somehat remotely, but they send a car for you and you are driven home after an amazing meal in a beautiful setting. There are flowers everywhere. I think it would pair nicely with Venice for romance.
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May 24th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Again, with a week after lots of other activity, I'd choose Venice *or* the Amalfi Coast.

My favourite place there is Amalfi itself which has good bus & boat connections to other places if you want to do day trips (e.g. to Positano & Ravello). If you decide on Amalfi, stay at the Hotel Santa Caterina if you can run to it. Positano is probably more visually stunning but personally I don't like it as much, as it's just a tourist resort. Sorrento is not actually on the Amalfi Coast and IMO is rather tacky - lots of British package tours go there - plus you can't actually see the sea from most of the town, just from the grand hotels on the cliff edge. Although I love the Amalfi Coast I can't say the beaches are 'amazing', though - they are stony and mainly quite small - but I enjoy them.
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May 24th, 2012, 03:53 PM
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I asked about your last port of call before returning to Barcelona because a couple of times we have gotten off the ship one day early, when it was docking at a port near to where we wanted to end up rather than the last port. You really miss only one night on the ship because you are in port all day and depart the ship early the next day anyway,

For example, if Capri or Naples is your last port of call before Barcelona, you could get off the ship and stay there on the AC and save the time and cost of a flight from Spain to the AC.

We once wanted to go to Lucca and Venice after a cruise that went from Spain to Rome. Rather than spend one more night on the ship just to get to Rome and then have to train back to Lucca, we got off in Livorno and took the train to Lucca, then on to Venice. On another cruise from the Greek Islands to Rome, we got off in Naples to visit the AC for a few days and save back tracking from Rome.

It is just an idea and something that worked for us. Not knowing what your next to last port is, don't know if it might work for you. Some people might feel they are throwing away the last night on the ship, but it was only one night and we felt we were saving a day of travel and travel costs. You do have to tell the cruise company ahead of time that you will be doing that.
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May 24th, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Venice, Venice, Venice! I never get tired of Venice. The Amalfi Coast is beautiful but too far. Do that on your anniversary next year.
From Venice you can go to Cinque Terre, Varenna in Lake Como, spend the night in Como before you fly out of Milan. There is a bus from Como to the airport in the early a.m. Cinque Terre had a flood last year so I am not sure what is going on there. I think three of the fishing villages are ok. Get the Rick Steves guidebook and read about Cinque Terre and Varenna in Lake Como.
We combined Rome with the Amalfi Coast one year. We combined Venice with Cinque Terre & Lake Como. Another year we went to Venice, the Dolomites and then Switzerland. We try to group the places and stick to one region.
Don't do Paris in three days, don't do the Amalfi Coast in three days. Don't fly all over the place.
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May 25th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Im with Caroline, if you pick Amalfi coast, positano would be my least favourite place to recommend as it is more touristy than the other places, especially down on the beach.

I too liked Amalfi itself the best followed by Ravello

Have a wonderful trip
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