Italy Honeymoon Advice

Jan 4th, 2014, 01:46 PM
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Italy Honeymoon Advice

My fiancée and I are trying to plan our honeymoon in Italy this summer and we are looking for our visit to include sightseeing but we would also like to relax as it is a honeymoon. We have both been to Rome, Florence, and Venice before.

We have around two weeks and will most likely book flights in and out of different cities. Our honeymoon will be this July 2014.

Right now our plan is to fly into Milan and go directly to Lake Como/Bellagio. From there we would like to spend a few days in Cinque Terre. How much time do people advise spending at these locations? We do enjoy nature and hiking.

The second leg we would like to focus on Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. All are close by so we could use one as a home base and day trip to the other cities.

In between both legs we are thinking about a one day stopover in Siena.

Does this seem like we are trying to cram too much into too little time? What should be emphasized? The Cinque Terre, Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the Amalfi Coast are the must haves in our eyes. Not to mention the amazing food and wine.

All help is greatly appreciated. Thank you to everyone.
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Jan 4th, 2014, 01:49 PM
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And for Naples Pompeii Sorrento Capri and the Amalfi Coast where does everyone recommend using as a base? Sorrento? Amalfi? Positano?
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Jan 4th, 2014, 03:16 PM
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Do like crowds? In July, every stop on your list will be jammed. High temps and/or humidity may impact your hiking plans or at least dictate the pace of your days.

Can you fly into or out of Naples, or will you need to use Rome?

Too many stops for me. At least four if you use Naples airport, five if you have to use Rome, and six if you want to overnight on Capri. I'd drop Lake Como, even though I think it might be the most relaxing of your destinations.

If Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum are 'musts,' I'd stay in Sorrento, even though one of the Amalfi Coast towns would be more honeymoony.
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Jan 4th, 2014, 03:22 PM
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Sorrento - ugh! The most touristy town in Italy and at the time you're travelling it will be decidedly lacking in any local flavour as it will be inundated with tourists from the UK and a gazillion UK school kids on holiday. Not a honeymoon destination at all.
If you stay in Naples, depending on your budget, you could get a peaceful, romantic break and still be within easy reach of Pompeii etc. by the train and hydrofoils to Capri. You can day trip the Amalfi Coast using hydrofoil/ferry services to Sorrento and then change for another service to Positano or Amalfi.
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Jan 5th, 2014, 12:10 AM
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We will be honeymooning this summer as well and plan on staying in Positano for our 'Amalfi' portion. I have been before and loved it, you can do a day trip to Capri via boat from there. The town of Amalfi seemed a little more populated when I visited. There are some other cool small towns as well, depending on whether you plan on taking a car or transit.
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Jan 5th, 2014, 03:44 AM
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Jean has it right, you are choosing tourist heavens for your most important trip (congrats by the way).

The only bits that are worth the crowds and the heat is Pompeii/Herculanium though if you are prepared to splurge could be added to a very expensive night or two on Capri (which would be fabulous for a honeymoon)

I'd make more out of the Tuscany visit and have a pleasant week there with a a pool and do day trips to Siena and Florence
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For peace and relaxation, I agree with other posters that going to tourist hot-spots in July is not the way to go. I suggest going to smaller towns with lots of charm. I haven't been to Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre, but Positano looks great.

A tour of hilltowns in Tuscany (Pitigliano, Montepulciano etc.) would be lovely for a honeymoon, as would Bergamo (east of Milan), esp. the upper town. But fighting hordes of tourists isn't so romantic, in my view.
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