Real Honeymoon: Italy

Yep, it’s time for some more Italy honeymoon posts! This week we have Kristina and Sean, who got married in beautiful Napa Valley earlier this summer. Read all about their amazing Italian honeymoon below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

On May 27th [2014] we left to begin our honeymoon in Positano, off the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We spent 5 relaxing days there, and then took a train up to Florence for the remaining 5 days. While staying in Florence, we wound up taking two spontaneous day trips to the Cinque Terre and a tour of Tuscany that included Siena, San Gimegnano, and Pisa.

florence honeymoon

How long was your trip?

12 days total. 10 days of fun, 2 days of travel.

Chianti Countryside

How did you decide on your honeymoon destinations?

I (Kristina) had always dreamed of going to Italy on my honeymoon—even more than I dreamed of my wedding. But my husband had always envisioned a “beachy” honeymoon destination, so we compromised that we would go to Italy but spend a good portion of our time in a coastal town.

positano honeymoon

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Spending a day by the Mediterranean at Le Sirene restaurant at Spiaggia Laurito in Positano. This beach is known for the restaurant next door, Da Adolfo, but by happy accident we wound up on Le Sirene’s water taxi and were thrilled to lounge on the far less crowded side of the beach. The food was incredibly fresh, I’m talking they brought the live fish to our table before they cooked it fresh. You could rent chairs and towels for 7 Euros, the drinks were reasonably priced, and the service was great.

Le Sirene

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

Knowing what we know now, it would have been awesome to spend more time in either the Cinque Terre, or a small village in Tuscany like San Gimegnano, as opposed to staying in Florence for the full 5 days. We did day trips to these places and they were so beautiful and relaxing, we would have loved more time. Though we both loved Florence, 2 days there would have been more than enough for us, as we really didn’t have an interest in spending a lot of time in museums on our honeymoon.

Duomo lunch

How much planning did you do in advance?

Hardly any. We booked our hotel in Positano, and our Airbnb in Florence, and our flights. Also, we booked a car service through our hotel in advance. Everything else was decided once we were there.

HPM Bougain

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Our biggest splurge was on the Hotel Palazzo Murat, our hotel in Positano, but it was SO worth it. We absolutely loved our time there. Our room had historic Italian charm, but with modern amenities. Breakfast was included in the price of our room and they had the most delicious, beautiful spread every single morning waiting for us in the magical, bougainvillea-lined courtyard. I’m still dreaming about the fresh tomatoes, meats, and pastries.

Another splurge we are so glad we made was on a car service. After hearing horror stories about public transportation, and taxis from other people who had traveled to the Amalfi Coast, we decided to book a driver for the hour and a half drive from the Naples airport to Positano. This was worth every single penny. We were deliriously exhausted once we arrived in Naples and it was so nice to have a driver waiting for us. We decided to also use the car service to get to the train station when we left Positano for Florence.

Cinque Terra    Pisa

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

Both of us have always dreamed of exploring Great Britain, and would love to do a tour of the Lake District, Ireland, and Scotland. But we would also go back to Italy tomorrow if we could.

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