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    Posted: 6/16/2005 at 6:11pm

About a year ago I had posted on the wedding board asking for suggestions on where to go for my honeymoon in Italy. Well we ended up not being to go on a honeymoon after all due to our work schedules. So we're making up for it this year but we're undecided on whether to go in Sept or Nov (our reasons for those particular months are work-related).

I know a bunch of you have gone to Italy....so can you let me know which month is better in terms of costs, weather, etc?

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November I think will be better for costs. September will probably still be warm. November may be more gray... sorry, I'm not really super helpful.

Places that I loved, Capri, Venice, Florence, Pompei, Assisi, Rome, and Cinque Terra.

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I would do September. September is after the tourist season (low prices and shorter waits at all the great sites), everyone is back to work (it seems everyone is off in August, including people from other European countries on vacation there) and the weather is still nice. I think it's the perfect month to go. November starts getting cold and rainy. You'll have to account for the weather a lot more by then.
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either one would be a great choice, but i agree with iris that sept. would be best.  november could start getting chilly in the northern cities (venice, cinque terre) but may still be pretty warm in southern cities (rome, pompei, capri).

if you're spending much time in either florence or rome, let me know....i can give you recommendations on places to stay and yummy restaurants.  i can even check if my mom hasn't rented out our apt. in florence (and you could stay there).
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We just got back from our honeymoon in Italy last week, so a lot of stuff is still fresh on my mind. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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I am *bumping* this as this was the only topic subject that came up on a search for Italy, and I now am looking for ideas/suggestions!

DH and I just booked a two-week excursion to Italy for our two-year anniversary (late April into beg. May)! We're flying into Venice and then out of Rome (so an open-jaw ticket - thank goodness for miles!). Right now, our plan is to do a few days in Venice, then train over to Florence for a few days in Florence/Tuscany/Chianti/Cinque Terre (we're renting a car here to drive around this general area - also might get a winery hookup place to stay in Chianti, we're hoping anyway!), and then training down to Rome to finish out there for the last few days.

Does this sound too ambitious, just about right, or will we regret not spending more time in one or more of these cities/towns?

Please share ideas if you have them! We've not gotten hotel yet (and might just book the beginning and end rooms anyway), so we're very open to anything!

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i will write you a LOT more later....however by first glance, you ought to know that cinque terre is pretty far from florence.  i don't know how many train hours, but it's up off the western coast near genova (i think in english we say genoa?).  i think genova is about 2.5/3 hrs by train?   you'd want to take at least two days to get there/tour around and then get back to florence.
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that amount of time seems great for the cities you're thinking about.  i promise i'll write more when i've got more time
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I don't think it sounds too ambitious. When we went last year we stayed in most of those cities/towns. Here's my rundown:

Venice-I think you only need 3 days max here. There aren't a ton of sights to see besides St Marks Square area, its mostly just walking around and getting lost (which is kinda fun, this place is a maze!) But really I would save more days for some of the bigger cities.

Rome-I think this city has the most sights to see and they are really spread out so give yourself at least 4/5 days here.

Florence-similar to Rome in terms of amount of sights to see, give yourself about 4 days, and time to shop as I thought this city had the best shopping!

The only thing I wonder is if you have enough time to venture up to Cinque Terre. Just from looking on the map it seems quite a ways up and from what I have heard you will want time to travel to each of the 5 towns. Also, we rented a car in Florence to drive to Sienna and to various Chianti towns. It was great to see these towns and drive through Tuscany countryside but renting a car oursleves and trying to get around was really miserable. The road signs getting out of Florence are impossible and we got so lost. I know that there are tour buses that shuttle out to these towns so maybe consider that as an option? It was just such a damper trying to navigate in a car in a foreign country, it was just such an unecessary stress for us.

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If I remember correctly, Cinque Terre is about five hours away from Florence by train.
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Oh thanks for the heads-up re distance fr Florence to Cinque Terre. The maps we've been looking at kinda skewed that, giving us the idea it was a couple hrs drive over and back. Hmm... something to think on for sure.

We'll def. be renting a car for the Tuscany-Florence leg as we've heard that it's pretty much the only way to really *see* the area on your own sans a tour guide/bus (which we're just not really down with, we're more the wandering/get lost to have fun types when we travel). We rented a car in Paris and drove to a town near Heidelburg, Germany the last time we were in Europe and have the international licenses (from AAA), so that part really is not a huge deal to us stress or whatever - and that was some mean traffic out of Paris, and weird road signs for sure. I guess I also can say much of this with ease as DH will do the driving anyway, since it's his idea to rent the car .

Oh one more question - travel books. We have Rick Steve's Italy book and prob will get the Lonely Planet Italy and Food books, too. Any other suggestions or does that sound like a good balance of info to go by?

Thanks again for the quick posts - and please keep sharing those ideas! :)

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