Real Honeymoon: Italy

This week we have yet another incredible Italian honeymoon to share!  Read all about Emily and Cullen’s romantic trip below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

May 2006, Italy (Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, & Rome)

Rome

How long was your trip?

2 weeks.

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

My sister had gone there for her honeymoon and it looked awesome, I’d never been out of the country and my husband had only been to Mexico so it was exciting to go and explore part of Europe together. Plus I am Italian, so always had an urge to go and explore the Italian culture.

Florence

The best part about our honeymoon was…

We woke up at 4am the morning after our wedding to catch our honeymoon flight to Italy, which was really exciting. Despite being tired, we were so excited, we had just gotten married and now were off on an exciting vacation together to a place we’ve never been. So I loved just going right away. Besides that I would have to say exploring the food.

Trevi Fountain

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

Well I know a lot more about food now then I did then, so I would probably have eaten slightly different despite the fact that I loved a lot of what we had. I could have done more research about the best places to go or what foods to eat. But we were young and new to traveling, I’m much better now.

Also, I packed way too many clothes which made train travel slightly more difficult, so if you’re going to be traveling around, pack smart, multi-use clothing items.**

Italy

How much planning did you do in advance?

We personally didn’t have to do much planning because we used a travel agency that specialized in Italy. It was wonderful not to have to think of all the details of our honeymoon along with planning the wedding. They had every transportation and hotel arrangement made for us so we never had to think about that, but we didn’t have them plan many tours so we were free to do whatever we wanted during the day. We left for our honeymoon with a complete two week itinerary which had which trains to take, train tickets, hotel names, where to pick up our rental car, directions, and also a couple of half day tours in Rome.

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Well, having a travel agency arrange your trip makes the whole honeymoon a splurge. We definitely stayed at nice hotels. But for our first time out of the country and a honeymoon, well worth it.

Italy

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

Our very next trip after our honeymoon was back to Europe (London, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid). We’ve travelled many places since then, Japan, Poland, Prague, Germany.

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** My two cents?  Yep, it’s good to be mindful of your luggage before going to Europe, especially if you plan on traveling to multiple cities.  Dragging along a huge rolley suitcase on cobblestone streets is no fun whatsoever.  Plus you’ll have a difficult time fitting massive suitcases into European hotel elevators or onto trains.

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