Romantic Italy seems to beckon lovers of all ages. Its magical countryside offers the perfect conditions for a romantic honeymoon. 3000 years of history, culture and cuisine have combined to create an atmosphere of fabulous food, subdued music, charming villages, winding lanes, intimate hotels, and a warm and enthusiastic reception wherever you go.
Those seeking sun and sand should head to the dramatic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast and the sun soaked island of Capri. Venice is magical with its misty and quiet canals, elegant architecture, spacious cafés around every corner, and classical music softly floating from St. Mark's Square. A walk along Bellagio’s lakeside promenade on the shores of Lake Como will transport you through cobblestone streets and lush, sunny gardens. The breathtaking architecture of Rome is unforgettable, and the streets of Florence are a veritable trove of artistic masterpieces. With all that Italy has to offer, the hard question is not whether or not to go, but just what to see once you arrive.
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- WHEN TO GO: April-June and late September-October are great options for travel to Italy. You will miss the summer tourism rush of July-mid-September. Avoid August if possible, when it’s uncomfortably warm, and most Italians go on vacation. Try to avoid the high season of June through September when prices will be higher.
- CLIMATE: In the summer, it is warm all over Italy. South of Rome, temperatures can be in the 90s during the day, with the evenings comfortably cooler. Winters in Northern Italy are cold with rain and snow, but during summer months are typically in the mid 70’s.
- CURRENCY: The Euro is the official Italian currency. The easiest way to get cash is through an ATM machine; however they often charge fees for International transactions. Bank of America clients can avoid the fees by withdrawing at Deutsche Bank branches while in Italy.
- TIMEZONE: Italy is six hours ahead of United States Eastern Standard Time.
- SERVICE CHARGES: For sit down meals, you will find a service charge of anywhere between 1-3€. Often a 15% tip is automatically included in the bill. Ask if you are unsure.
- TIPPING: Tipping is customary in Italy. 15% is often automatically included in your restaurant bill. Taxi drivers also expect 15% of the fare.
- ELECTRICITY: Electricity in Italy is AC and varies from 115-220V. If you are carrying electronic devices, you may want to bring a transformer and adapter plug with you.
- WATCH YOUR POCKETS: When touring the large cities, beware of pickpockets. Be especially on your guard if approached by the small Gypsy children selling flowers or knickknacks.
- CALLING TO ITALY: To call Italy from the United States, dial 011+ Italy country code 39 + city code + local number
- CALLING FROM WITHIN ITALY: To call from one Italian city to another, include a zero before the city code.
- CALLING THE US: To call the US from Italy, dial 001 + area code + number. Make international calls from a public phone when possible, as hotels will charge higher rates.
- CAFE CULTURE: In bars and cafés, you will notice different prices listed for food whether it is served al banco or à tavola. À tavola prices will be three to four times as much, as you’re paying for the privilege of sitting down and being served, as opposed to standing at the bar.
- BASIC ITALIAN: Thank you | Grazie | graht-tzee-yey/You’re welcome | Prego | prey-go/Please | Per favore | pehr-fah-vohr-eh/Yes | Si | see/No | no | noh/Good morning | Buongiorno | bwohn-djor-noh/Good evening | Buona sera | bwohn-ah say-rah/Excuse me | Scusi | skoo-zee/How much is it? | Quanto costa | kwan-toh coh-sta/The check, please | el conto, per favore | eel kon-toh pehr-fah-vohr-eh
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- AMALFI COAST: No honeymoon in the Amalfi Coast would be complete without a visit to the Piccadilly Ceramic shop. It has a wonderful variety of beautiful pottery. All can be personalized to create a meaningful memory of the romance of the Amalfi Coast. Give them a call at 089-831-630, or email them at [email protected] to learn more.
- CAPRI: This dramatic island offers sweeping views, narrow winding streets, and white washed villas. The rugged landscape makes for few sandy beaches; therefore you must pay to visit the swimming beaches, for example Bagni Nettuno. For 15€ you can sunbathe amidst the scenic cliffs and enjoy the use of a cabana, towel and deck chair. The more adventurous can swim from here into the Blue Grotto, but this is only recommended after 5:00 when the boats no longer visit and if there are calm seas.
- THE BLUE GROTTO: Charter a boat from Capri to a breathtaking and romantic cavern whose refracted light creates a stunning blue effect. A visit to
- POMPEII: An easy day trip from the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii is definitely worth setting some time aside for. Life 19 centuries ago comes to life thanks to the city ruined by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The most elegant ancient villas that are not to be missed are the House of the Vettii, with its courtyard, paintings and fresco-decorated dining room, and the House of the Mysteries.
- ST. PETER'S SQUARE & St. Peter’s Basilica: Located in Vatican City, the world’s smallest sovereign independent state, St. Peter's Square and Basiclica are stunning. Here is where you'll find Michelangelo’s masterful sculpture, the Pietà.
- SISTINE CHAPEL: Come to Rome and see the frescoes that were the result of 4 years of the great Michelangelo’s labor.
- THE COLOSSEUM: Rome's most iconic landmark will forever be the greatest architectural legacy of ancient Rome. Opt for a tour to get the most out of your visit.
- THE PANTHEON: This ancient building considered an architectural wonder due to its perfect dome.
- TREVI FOUNTAIN: Stop by and throw a coin in as you make a wish!
- GALLERIA DELL'ACADEMIA: Michelangelo’s masterpiece David is displayed in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.
- UFFUZI GALLERY: This is a world-famous Florentine gallery bursting with paintings and sculptures. You won’t want to skip the Uffizi, particularly Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “Primavera”.
- IL DUOMO: A must-visit in Florence for architecture and history lovers, Il Duomo is one of the world’s largest churches. It is well worth the 463 step climb to the top for the panoramic views of Florence below.
- IL PONTE VECCHIO (The Old Bridge): The last remaining medieval bridge spans the Arno River in Florence, in an area famous for its goldsmith and jewelry shops.
- PIAZZA SAN MARCO: St. Mark’s Square was the heart of Venice in its heyday as a seafaring city. Now it is traffic free, and visited by Venetians, tourists and pigeons, throughout the day. Sit, relax and sip an espresso as you indulge in an Italian tradition of coffee and people watching.
- THE GRAND CANAL: What Venice is most known for worldwide, The Grand Canal allows you to take a romantic gondola ride and enjoy the Gothic palaces and historic churches that line the way.
- THE LAKE DISTRICT OF BELLAGIO: Explore one of the prettiest towns in Europe by venturing into the village’s crooked, often steep, cobblestone streets. Wander along the lake shore which blossoms with flowering shrubbery, or soak up the sun’s warmth on the Bellagio Lido beach.
- CADENABBIA: Car ferries sail across from Bellagio to Lake Como’s western shore, where you will find Villa Carlotta, famous for its serene gardens, bursting with exotic, frangrant flowers.