15 Day Italian Honeymoon Adventure in June!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 6:51 PM Last Post By: eurofutbol16
Nov 27, 2012 2:42 PM
15 Day Italian Honeymoon Adventure in June!Hi Guys -
Long time browser, first time poster. I am planning to take my future wife on our honeymoon to Italy (it's a secret, don't tell her!), and could use a little advice on places to stay. The plan is to stay 3 days in Venice, then drive to the Dolomites for 2/3 days, then spend 4 days in Tuscany, followed by 4 days in the Amalfi coast/Sorrento area.
My questions are these:
I have seen pictures of a place called St. Magdalena in the Val de Funes area of the Dolomites. I would really like to stay in a hotel/b&b/cottage surrounded by the mountains and fairly isolated. Is this a good area to go to? or is there somewhere else I should be looking?
I know people have varying opinions on places to stay/visit in Tuscany, but again I will have a car, and would like to stay somewhere relatively central, but with great views from the hotel and again, relatively small and cozy. Any suggestions of towns/places to stay would be appreciated.
Finally, would you suggest dropping off the car before getting to Sorrento? Or is it worth having the car during that part of the trip?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and sorry if I broke any of the "rules"!
Nov 28, 2012 1:34 AM
1Dolomites: it depends on the season. Main tourist areas:
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Alta Badia, Val Gardena/Alpe Siusi,Val Fassa/Carezza, Arabba, Alta Pusteria, San Martino di Castrozza/Passo Rolle, Val di Fiemme.
Val di Funes/Villnoesstal is certainly nice, above all for hiking.
There are isolated hotels for sure
I suppose you are aware that Val Funes/Vilnoesstal is relatively far away from Venice (4 to 5 hrs by car, almost all on motorways, road toll 22 EUR one way).
Val Funes/Vilnoesstal - Tuscany: 5 to 6 hrs by car without intermediate stops, almost all on motorways, toll 30 EUR.
Tuscany: the most central place is of course Florence, the capital of Tuscany. You need at least 2 full days for a somewhat decent visit of Florence.
You will then need 1 full day for the journey from Tuscany to Amalfi (6 to 7 hrs driving time, plus some stops; road toll 35 EUR).
Remains 1 day for the visit of Tuscan countryside (if you have not already consumed this day with the transfer from Val Funes to Florence).
Nov 28, 2012 6:25 AM
Nov 28, 2012 7:32 AM
Nov 28, 2012 7:37 AM
4Thank you necker! This information is great!
I am not particularly attached to Val Funes, I've only just seen it in pictures, and the views of the mountains look spectacular. If you had any other suggestions for areas more along my path, I'd certainly be open to looking at those as well.
I think I'd much rather stay in the Tuscan countryside, and maybe take a day trip to Florence and/or Siena. Is there a certain small town (or region I guess) that I could focus my search on when looking for a countryside hotel/lodging?
Nov 28, 2012 5:00 PM
5Volterra or Colle di Val D'elsa would be a nice central place to stay in Toscany to discover the lovely landscape and some places by car.
If you go from Toscany to Sorrento by car, the main road is nearby a very special place to see ( about 20 km from Orvieto ) , Civita near Bagnoregio.
The Amalfi coast I would recomment to discover with a boattrip from Sorrento and don't forget a daytrip to Capri
Also from Sorrento it's just about half an hour by train to Pompeii.
Nov 29, 2012 6:11 AM
stay in the Val d'Orcia which is the most beautiful part of Tuscany in my opinion.
Places to visit and to consider for staying are Montalcino, Montepulciano (although that is quite touristy), Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico d'Orcia, Catiglione d'Orcia and Monticchiello. All these places are a 20-30 min drive from each other. Either one makes a great base to explore this stunning region.
I stayed at both. but there are scores more. as you can see from the websites, great views abound.
It's easy to find agriturismos using Google Maps- just open a map of the area (e.g. around the village of Bagno Vignoni) and type 'agriturismo' in the search box.
Nov 29, 2012 6:51 PM
7Thank you both! These areas look pefect to start my search. Would anyone recommend staying in Sorrento? Or is it too crowded and touristy...our goal there would be to see Pompeii, Capri, probably some of the smaller towns, and relax by the pool/beach.
Any other areas to look into staying? We are flying out of Naples.
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