It’s been awhile since I have been able to sit down and do a blog post. So much has changed since my last post. I recently got married on June 8th and then went on an amazing 15 day honeymoon.
15 days is a long time and a lot of information to fit into one blog post. So I decided to break up the blog posts; one for Italy (Rome -> Venice) and then one blog for just our cruise through the Mediterranean.
After we got engaged in March of 2018, I knew I wanted our honeymoon to be something special. I knew that we either had to visit Italy or visit Greece. Why you ask? Easy. When you think of somewhere gorgeous and romantic….you think of Italy and Greece.
In the past 5 years I have traveled frequently and have discovered how much I enjoy just being on a cruise ship where everything is taken care of and you are just floating from place to place. However, I am saving the juicy details for another blog post. But I have sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line 3 times now, and I have ALWAYS had a great experience every time. Once I began planning, I started to look through their itineraries and found their cruise through the Mediterranean. Their port of departure was in Venice, Italy. HOW PERFECT! So we could do this cruise I found then spend a few extra days before in Italy. So thats what we did….
FIRST, when planning a vacation, special getaway or honeymoon to Italy, you determine when you would like to go. Would you go right after your wedding or a short period after? Then you start to look for flights.
* Special tip * – When flying internationally, you find better deals when you book through a bigger airport. We booked our international airline tickets from Boston to Rome with a layover in Portugal through TAP Airline. They were running a special for round trip tickets and we ended up spending less than $1,000 for the both of us. But instead of driving to Boston, we purchased flights from Pittsburgh to Boston through Delta so we could make our connecting flight.
SECOND, after booking your flights and knowing the exact days you will be traveling, you begin to search for accommodations. Since we knew we would be landing in Rome, we had to plan how many days we would be in Rome and how we would get to Venice. We spent 2 days in Rome and stayed at a hotel I found on Hotels.com. A cute little boutique located in the Vatican area minutes from the train station and the Vatican City. I highly suggest staying at Town House 62 in Rome for a great experience. They had free breakfast and great service.
For Venice, we found the CUTEST and most perfect AirBnb in the perfect location that was close to the train station and the cruise terminal. When we visit Venice again, we will be staying here once more. On Airbnb search “Luxury S&A Guglie Palace, Canal View”; there you will find the beautiful Airbnb we stayed in.
THIRD, after finding accommodations for our time in Rome, I had to find a way to get to Venice and in a cheap manner. Many people who travel in Europe know the benefits of trains and how efficient they can be. In the past several years I have been able to utilize trains in my travels in Europe. I booked our tickets from Rome to Venice through Italia Rail. Which cost about 70 euros per person. 70 euros = about $80 USD. It’s important to know that when using the Metro Station in Rome to get to Venice, you use Roma Termini to catch the train to get to Venice. There are many other train stations in the Metro Station but it’s important to use ROMA TERMINI. You can ride the Metro Station to get to this terminal but you then have to switch to the train station once you get there. Their Metro Station will not get you to Venice, but will get you to ROMA TERMINI which will then take you to Venice. This train ride is about 4 hours, there are other stops during the train ride so you must watch to make sure you are getting off the correct stop.
FOURTH, so you have your flights, accommodations and now your train tickets, what now? You decide what you want to see in Rome and Venice. I have included a list of things to see below.
- Vatican City
- Trevi Fountain
- Piazza Navona
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Roman Forum
- Murano, Burano and Torcello (day trip)
- Take a gondola ride
- St. Marks Square
- Doge’s Palace
- St. Mark’s Basilica
- Rialto Bridge
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