Planning Our Italian Honeymoon

Wedding planning is crazy and seems to be the only thing on my mind lately. So much so, that I often forget that we are taking a massive honeymoon the day after the wedding!

We are lucky enough that we were each able to take two weeks off of work following the wedding. We were brainstorming dream locations and debating somewhere warm (the Caribbean, Hawaii) or somewhere more touring based (mainly, Europe). We were almost leaning toward Hawaii. Then, Mr. Coral’s dad offered us airline miles to pay for our flights, we both got approved for two weeks of leave from work, and we quickly booked flights to Italy.

We will be flying in and out of Rome (since we are using free miles) April 12th–25th. Neither of us has been to Italy. I have been to Europe a few times, and did a study abroad student exchange in Tours, France in high school, but haven’t been there since 2007. So we are both slightly nervous and very excited.

We have planned a whirlwind of a trip. We are going to be seeing a lot of places in a short amount of time, and that’s not for everyone. However, we followed a similar method on our trip to Yellowstone last summer and had a blast. We love being on the move, walking, hiking, exploring, and soaking in different cultures. I am SO excited for our adventure.

Here is our tentative itinerary—and I say tentative very loosely. We have booked our flights and have actually booked all of our hotel nights! We are using AirBnB for all of our stays (except Naples—Mr. Coral has a friend who lives there, and we will be staying with them) and are really excited about it. I’ve heard great things, and I think that staying in little apartments will really make us feel like we are a part of each town.

  • Saturday April 11th – Get married in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Sunday April 12th – Drive to Charlotte, North Carolina. Fly overnight.
  • Monday April 13th – Arrive in Rome. Catch a quick flight to Venice; arrive around 1:00 PM. Sleep in Venice.
  • Tuesday April 14th – Full day in Venice.
  • Wednesday April 15th – Leave Venice for Lake Como. Sleep in Varenna.
  • Thursday April 16th – Full day in Lake Como.
  • Friday April 17th – Leave lake Como for Cinque Terre. Sleep in Riomaggiore.
  • Saturday April 18th – Full day in Cinque Terre.
  • Sunday April 19th – Leave Cinque Terre for Florence. Sleep in Florence.
  • Monday April 20th –  Full day in Florence.
  • Tuesday April 21st –  Leave Florence for Naples. Sleep in Naples.
  • Wednesday April 22nd – Full day in Naples.
  • Thursday April 23rd – Leave Naples for Rome. Sleep in Rome.
  • Friday April 24th – Full day in Rome.
  • Saturday April 25th – Fly home out of Rome.

We have Rick Steves’s guide to Italy. We have spoken to friends who have been there. We have done a lot of Googling. We are still looking for tips and tricks and must-see spots, and are open to any suggestions. It’s funny that this is the trip of a lifetime, but it’s a bit overshadowed by our wedding the day before. I feel like it’s not getting its justice in pre-planning and pre-travel excitement.

Any advice, must-sees, gotta-dos, or can’t-misses?


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    VABride1986 89 posts, Worker bee @ 7:07 pm

    Rome: Definitely buy the roma pass, you’ll save so much time not standing in line at the colosseum.

    Florence: Take a bottle of wine up to piazzale michelangelo, it has absolutely the best view of the city. Also go to Rivoire (cafe in front of palazzo vecchio) for the hot chocolate, it is amazing. Best pizza in town: Pizzeria spera, it’s a small basement restaurant that locals go to. Best gelato: gelateria medici.

    In Cinque Terre, walk along the via dell’amore if the moon is out. It’s absolutely gorgeous.


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    jacquicmorgan 2 posts, Wannabee @ 7:57 am

    This is awesome. You guys are going to have an amazing time! You should definitely check out Wanderable- they have a Travel Specialists, Laura Missoini, who ONLY does customized itineraries to Italy. She can totally help in your planning, even adding a few tours or must-see places to your already incredible list!

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    Mrs. Narwhal 87 posts, Worker bee @ 12:30 pm

    Mr. Narwhal and I are similar travellers. We love to be on the go. That’s awesome you’re leaving the next day! We are waiting one week.

    When I travelled Europe in 2012 I did 7 countries over 3 weeks. It was such a great pace for me! I would totally do Italy in the same way.

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 9:54 am

    Jealous! Take a million pictures (especially of Lake Como) and share them with us!

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    ItalianTraveler 57 posts, Worker bee @ 1:53 pm

    I’m so jealous!! It been two years since I’ve been to Italy (Venice) and about 9 1/2 since I was in the Rome/Florence area! Please share all your pictures!

    Tips: Buy gelato from a street vendor. Seriously the best, and you can keep walking after you receive your bowl of deliousness.

    Make sure you toss a coin in the Trevi fountain (Rome).

    If you are using the bus system in Florence or Rome, 2 things: 1, watch your belongings carefully! Had a guy in our tour group have his camera stolen right out of the storage pouch on his belt while on the bus. and 2, if you want to get off at a stop, make sure you are near the door as it approaches. The drivers don’t stop for long, and won’t stop again until the next stop just because you didn’t get off in time. Half our group get separated at one point because they couldn’t get off the bus before the driver closed the door!

    Take your socks and shoes off and enjoy high tide in Piazza San Marco when you are in Venice 🙂


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    Mrs. Llama 22 posts, Newbee @ 8:19 pm

    Oh my goodness! We are doing a very similar trip! We don’t have anything booked yet – but probably mid-July. We’ve been looking for advice on what to definitely do/not do, how to travel from place to place…I’m so glad you posted this – thanks Coral! 🙂

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    Mrs. Crab 60 posts, Worker bee @ 8:38 am

    This sounds awesome! I have always wanted to visit the Cinque Terre! There has been a ton of great advice so far for your trip! My only advice is to see if there is anyone who can drive you up to Charlotte on the day after your wedding. Mr. Crab and I were so worn out after our wedding there would have been no way to make a 3+ hour drive by ourselves.

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