Real Honeymoon: Italy

A lot of people would agree that Italy is one of the most romantic countries out there, so it’s no surprise that it’s popular with honeymooners. Read all about Alex and Nick’s fun Italian honeymoon below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

September 11 – September 24 / Italy: Rome, Santa Margherita Ligure/Cinque Terre, Florence

How long was your trip?

13 days

The Coliseum – Rome, Italy

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

Given my and my husband’s love of food and wine, Italy became a clear front runner from even before we were engaged! So when we got engaged and started talking about our honeymoon more seriously, we really didn’t even consider other locations – Italy was it.

The best part about our honeymoon was…

The food/wine/coffee! I mean – seeing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, the Forum, the Vatican, the David – I mean it was all amazing, but the food, wine, gelato and coffee in Italy was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Suffice it to say, we ate/drank our way through Italy.  And it wasn’t just the food itself – it was the whole dining culture: once the restaurant fills its tables – it’s full for the night.  They don’t turn tables, they don’t rush your meal, and you usually have to hunt the waiter down just to order or get your check.  Dinner is the evening’s activity and it was so much fun!

Caffe Greco – Rome, Italy

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

Going on only private/semi-private tours – we did one semi-private tour at the Vatican and a larger group tour to the coliseum and forum, and the semi-private tour was WAY better than the group tour and I could only imagine it being better the smaller the tour group size is.  Also, for places like Rome and Florence – don’t waste money on a super nice hotel, just make sure its centrally located and accessible to your desired neighborhoods because during our time in both cities we spend little to zero time in the room (aside from sleeping) and any additional funds could have been better spent on outings, activities, wine, shopping, etc.

Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

How much planning did you do in advance?

We worked with a travel agent who did a majority of the planning for us – hotel selection, transportation, trains, scheduled tours.  But as far as general research, we did some restaurant and neighborhood research a couple weeks in advance and bought 2 travel books and just used them on the trip to help guide our activities.

Boboli Gardens – Florence, Italy

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

That would be a tie between our fancy dinners and bottle of wine every night OR the hotel we stayed in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

Definitely back to Europe – and it would be a toss up between Paris and Greece.

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