Honeymoon Itinerary in Italy

We’re back from our honeymoon!!! 19 days in Italy – the best country, best food, best vacation ever!  Very glad we decided to wait 3 months after our wedding to avoid the summer rush with tourist, hot weather and high prices.  October was the perfect time!

Nick did a wonderful job planning the honeymoon – that was our deal – i planned the wedding, he does the honeymoon.  fair right?

Our usual criteria of traveling stands:  some culture, some relaxation, shopping, chilling, and as this was our honeymoon, we want some luxury in there too.  and boy, did Nick and Italy deliver!  We combined as many frequent points as we can (between aeroplan points to get first class tickets and starwood preferred points for hotels), we ended up saving tons of money and getting that luxury feel we wanted!

Here’s the summary points of our wonderful honeymoon!

Date: October 3-22, 2012

Day 1 Toronto > Washington > Brussels > Milan Check into Westin Palace Milan.  Walk to Piazza Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (oldest shopping mall)
Day 2 Milan > Florence by train (2hr) Check into Grand Hotel Baglioni.  Walk to Firenze Duomo, leather market, 3pm entry to Academia Gallery to see statue of David.  Back to Duomo to climb to top for sunset of Firenze.  Located Porcellino, the statue of the Florence Boar.  Republica Piazza for dinner.  Evening view of Porte Vecchio
Day 3 Florence 9:30am entry for Uffizi art gallery.  Santa Croe for famous tombs (Gallileo’s).  late afternoon to Piazza Michaelangelo to see sunset over Florence.
Day 4 Pisa, Lucca Morning train to Pisa Rousseau station(1hr).  Take silly pictures.  Pisa to Lucca by 20 mins train. Rent bikes for 3 euro an hour outside train station.  Rode along the outer wall, streets were empty.  Siesta over after 3:30, lots of shops and people! Train back to Florence.
Day 5 Florence > Tuscany (Chianti) Rent car at Hertz. Space outlet for Prada heaven.  In Chiani region, stopped at Radda for lunch. Checked into Castello di Casole (stayed at Casa Del Prat 2).  Dinner at pizzeria.
Day 6 Tuscany (San Gimignano, Volterra) Couple massage at Castello Di Casole.  PM to San Gimignano (best gelato!).  Volterra in evening
Day 7 Tuscany (Siena, Monteriggioni) Tuscany towns Siena and Monteriggioni.  Dinner at Tosca, part of Castello Di Casole package.
Day 8 Tuscany Sunny warm day! Lounge at infinity pool at Castello.  4pm Cooking class with Osteria di Passignano (approx 4 hours).  Dinner at the restaurant after
Day 9 Tuscany > Amalfi Coast (Positano) Travel day, dropped in to Orvieto, last Tuscan town.  (approx  5 hours of driving) Checked into Hotel Poseidon in Positano.  Walked into town, dinner at Ristorante Max (excellent home made pasta!)
Day 10 Amalfi Coast (Positano) Walked all over Positano.  (rainy day L) Dinner at the Trident, part of Hotel Poseidon package
Day 11 Amalfi Coast (Capri) Sunny day = Capri day!  Lucibello boat cruise for 60 euro each.  Took bus (5 mins) to Ana Capri.  Dinner back at Positano at Caffe Positano
Day 12 Amalfi Coast (Ravello, Pompeii) Rainy morning drive to Ravello, lunch at Palazza Sazzo.  Drive to Pompeii, 45 mins away through the mountains to see the ruins.   Back to Positano for a 7pm massage (not good L).  Dinner at Buca Bacco
Day 13 Amalfi Coast (Amalfi, Minori, Maoiri, Sorrento) Beautiful day – visited various towns (Amalfi, Minori, Maoiri, Sorrento).  Found Lemoncello Gelato! Back to Positano for last dinner back at Risorante Max for best ravioli
Day 14 Amalfi Coast > Rome Travel day to Rome.  Return Fiat 500 rental car at Rome Airport (DaVinci airport).  Checked into Westin Excelsior Rome.  Evening walk to Spanish steps, trevi fountain, pantheon (outside only), Piazza Navona.
Day 15 Rome Vatican day! Vatican museum to see amazing artwork and collections. Cupola climb to see Saint Peter’s square from top.  Into biggest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica.  Dinner at Palatium Enoteca Regionale
Day 16 Rome Tour guide day with Alex Mariotti – great tour guide – interesting stories and anecdotes of Rome.  Shopping near Campo Di Flouri
Day 17 Rome Walk in Villa Bourghese, Piazza Poppolo (UEFA Trophy tour!), Pantheon.  Dinner at Spirit Divino (Terrific!!)
Day 18 Rome Vatican Canonization day.  Colloseum, Forum, Palatine Ruins.  Dinner at Le Mani in Pasta (Terrific again!)
Day 19 Rome > Frankfurt > Washington > Toronto Travel day back home


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