At this moment I have a couple traveling for their honeymoon in Italy. They will be in Italy for 14 days, staying in 4 separate cities: Venice, Cinque Terre, Rome, and Naples.
Planning a honeymoon in Italy
When I first started working with Kelsey and Elliot they had a fairly good idea of the cities they wanted to stay in, but didn’t know the hotels they wanted to stay in, the tours they wanted to go on, or the logistics of where to start and where to finish. Elliot had been to Italy before with friends, and had stayed in hostels while backpacking around Europe. This was not the type of experience they wanted to have as a honeymoon couple in Italy! At our first meeting I was able to get all of their information and ideas. We set a date for the next meeting so I could share with them an itinerary outline.
At the next meeting we sat down around my laptop. I was able to provide them with pictures and exact locations of their hotels, how they would transfer from the airport in Venice to their hotel, their complete rail itinerary from city-to-city, tours I had picked out for them based on their interests, and how to return to the airport out of Naples. A few changes were made, but otherwise they loved it and it was exactly what they wanted to do on their honeymoon!
How is the weather in Italy in March?
Chilly! Kelsey is a teacher and had to honeymoon around her Spring Break. This is something to take into consideration. They aren’t walking around in shorts and T-shirts. March is not peak travel season – some of the tours and modes of transportation aren’t running in Italy yet. On the other hand, they got good pricing because it is the off-season. The time of year is definitely something to keep in mind.
Why plan tours ahead of time?
Do you want a private tour of The Vatican in Rome? Maybe the ruins of Pompeii? This needs to be scheduled ahead of time. This also goes for popular sites that have many visitors every year – buying tickets in advance will keep you from standing in line for an hour or more. Give yourself a VIP experience that will get you in quicker, give you more time to sight-see and much better memories.
Riding the train
Unlike other European countries you need to buy rail tickets in Italy ahead of time. Don’t assume that if you walk up to the ticket counter that the 8:35am rail to Naples from Rome will be available. It may be sold out and you have to wait – sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes an hour. Plan ahead and get your tickets in advance. Save yourself time and hassle.
Traveling in Italy, like other European countries, is all in the planning. Give yourself a general outline with enough room to sight-see around your tours, but know that your most important pieces are already put together and you don’t have to worry.
I hope to share Kelsey and Elliot’s itinerary and experiences when they return home!
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