Italia, Stiamo Arrivando!

(That’s what Google Translate says equals “Italy, here we come” so if it’s wrong”¦my apologies!)

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(St. Peter’s Basicilica via National Geographic / by Toyohiro Yamada)

So, after looking over our honeymoon short list, Wolfman and I finally chose an Italian adventure, covering two cities—Rome and Florence. We booked our flights last night and I am SO pumped.

First off, here’s why the other options got the axe:

Mount Kilamanjaro

”¦yeah, I was never too into this idea. In life, yes—for a honeymoon, no.

Maldives/Seychelles

This idea ended up being super expensive. Compared to flight costs for Italy (somewhere around the $1,000 range), flights to both places were several times as pricey and really long—if they existed at all. We also finally admitted to ourselves that we’re not really “lounge around on the beach” types of people. Don’t get me wrong—I like some relaxing beach time—but we started worrying that we were considering this option because it was traditionally “honeymooney” and we’d be paying a premium to be kinda bored.

Switzerland

Almost as soon as I hit publish on that honeymoon post, this idea started to fall by the wayside. Wolfman had been to both Zurich and Geneva, and although he liked both, he finally admitted that he didn’t really want to repeat when there was so much of the world to see. No problem.

A mini-moon somewhere close by

This almost won. We were about to book a 4 day trip to Aspen, figuring that would be (relatively) inexpensive and romantic. But then flights were just a little less than the Italy ones (!) and we realized the cold weather really doesn’t bother us.

So, Italy!

Rome is a no-brainer—we both love the history and it seems like a requirement if you’re visiting the country. For me, Florence is a must. As you may recall, I’m a museum nerd, and finally visiting the Uffizi is something I’ve dreamed about ever since I took Italian Renaissance art history courses. We considered traveling to some other areas, but decided to wait until a warmer weather vacation (and when we had more time off of work) to visit some of the more outdoorsy places in the country.

I just ordered these books:

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(Frommers Day by Day series, images via Amazon, 1, 2)

This series of travel guides is our favorite, but do you have any recs for us? What are our must sees and dos? I’d love any advice for hotels and restaurants too!

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Mrs. Gray Wolf

Location:
Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:11 pm

    This sounds amazing! Italy is way up there on my to-visit list, so I already can’t wait for your recaps!

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    Jeip, Guest @ 12:55 pm

    My family really loves the Rick Steve’s guidebooks. I haven’t used his Italy books, but his Europe, France, and Scandinavian ones as well as his website are great.

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    coyote 1527 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:26 pm

    I went to Rome and Florence back in 2007 and it was seriously the trip of a lifetime. You guys are going to have the most wonderful, romantic honeymoon!!

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