Italy Journals

Italian Honeymoon

An August 2001 trip to Italy by ladybugsea

Quote: Our fabulous honeymoon in bella Italia! We visited the typically touristed must sees: Venice, Florence, Pisa, The Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, Orvieto, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Pompeii, and Rome, in that order.

Italian Honeymoon

Overview

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Our most memorable moment: Our first night in Italy, we were in St Mark's Square in Venice. We were strolling past one of the cafes, and a jazz band began playing our wedding song! It was "They can't take that away from me" sung by Frank Sinatra and Natalie Cole (the Venetian version we heard was instrumental). Our favorite thing: Gelato, Riomaggiore's rocky beach (on the Cinque Terre), a free sandy beach in Positano (it was hot so we wanted to swim!), any towers/monuments that we could climb, and St Peter's in Rome. Quick Tips: It was hot in August, and we really enjoyed our down time at beaches. The bulk of the tourists were Italians on holiday. Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Hilton Craigendarroch

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Hotel | "Locanda Fiorita"

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about $105 per night in August (high season)

We loved this place. Our room had a private entrance from the outside of the hotel (I think we had room 10?), situated on a small piazza. We had an adorable terrace. This hotel had the most charm of all the places we stayed at. I would definitely stay here again. Air conditioning, small bathroom, breakfast served on our terrace (croissants, rolls, tea or coffee; they don''t serve it until 8:30). Friendly staff.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Hilton Craigendarroch
Braemar Road
Ballater, Scotland
+44 13397 55858

Kohls Ranch Lodge

Hotel | "Hotel Il Perseo"

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about $80 per night

This place was a good value for its location. Literally a 60sec walk to the Duomo. 5min walk to the train station. Room was clean and spacious but simple, very warm in August (5th floor), but they have fans which help. The owners are New Zealanders and very nice. The other staff also spoke english. I would consider staying here again for the location. Backpacker type feel. Breakfast was included (yummy yogurt, oj, granola, cornflakes, yucky rolls, and tea, coffee). They have internet access but the computer is sometimes slow.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Kohls Ranch Lodge
EAST HIGHWAY 260
Payson, Arizona 85541
1-928-478-4211

Affittacamere Anna Michielini

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Hotel | "Anna Michielini's apartments"

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michielinis@yahoo.it $100 per night We had an apartment for five. I was worried about not finding a room if we showed up without reservation. I would suggest showing up. There were plenty of rooms. We loved Riomaggiore, and I will stay in that town next time I go, only in a double room in someone''s home. I would highly recommend Michiellini Anna''s apartments. They are an excellent value if you are travelling in a group of 4. Daniela speaks English and is so nice. She gave us a bottle of her father''s wine as a wedding gift. Riomaggiore has a neat rocky swimming area that we loved. The only problem with the apartment is that it is across the street from the bar, which is very loud until...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Affittacamere Anna Michielini
Via Colombo, 143
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
0187 920411

Avalon Excalibur Acapulco

Hotel | "Albergo Cannon d'Oro"

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about $80 per night

This place was okay. We had a bad experience because of a rave that went on behind the hotel until 3:30am. The staff did not speak english, there were no fans, and we basically didn''t sleep much. Breakfast was not free, and we didn''t try it. Very close to Il Campo, which we loved!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Avalon Excalibur Acapulco
COSTERA MIGUEL ALEMAN 163
Acapulco, Mexico 39670
011527444855050

Oak Plantation

Hotel | "Hotel Corso"

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about $67 per night

This place was a two star and cheaper than all the one star places we stayed! We didn''t try the breakfast because we only stayed one night and left too early the next morning. Very quiet, clean place with air conditioning. Staff was very nice, some speak english. If I were to visit Orvieto again, I would stay here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Oak Plantation
4090 Enchanted Oaks Circle
Kissimmee, Florida 32741
(407) 847-8200

Anita

Hotel | "Hotel Il Nido"

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www.ilnido.it info@ilnido.it about $85 per night We liked this place because we had a sea view!! Beds were terrible, but sleepable. Staff was very friendly. I would probably stay here again, even though it is up above the historic area of Sorrento. They shuttle you down and back several times a day, and a public bus goes that way. Inconvenient if you want to go back to your room during the day. We would have liked the option of going back to change etc, but we didn''t because we didn''t want to waste time. I would recommend Sorrento as a home base. We were glad that we stayed there and took trips to Capri and Positano, rather than dragging our luggage around...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Anita
951 West Ranch Road
Redmond, Oregon

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes

Hotel | "B&B Pascucci"

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lpascucci@tiscalinet.it about $90 per night Most interesting place we stayed. It was a double room in an Italian''s apartment near Piazza Navona. Fabulous location. Luciano speaks very little English, and we had fun communicating with him (not being sarcastic, it was fun). Super nice guy who rents out only one room and loves what he does. He set us up with a "program" each day of things to see. Room was small but I imagine typical of an Italian apartment. Had air conditioning and a private bath. Luciano serves you breakfast in his dining room; a croissant, passion fruit juice, tea, coffee. He started renting his room during the 2000 jubilee when the mayor asked people to help out wit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2001

Mayan Palace La Jolla De Cortes
Carretera Penasco- Caborca Km 24
Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
01 638 383 0402

Blue Ice Gelato

Restaurant

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Our favorite gelato in Italy. Huge portions and an (almost) overwhelming variety. My favorites were kiwi and a unique flavor consisting of honey and Rice Krispies. They are marked by their neon "Blue Ice" projected onto the street in changing colors.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2001

Ristorante Pizzeria Zi'ntonio

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Restaurant

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Delicious!! Homemade pasta is their specialty. It was so good that we ate here two nights in a row; I wanted to eat there a third night, but I think the waiters would have thought we were weird, since they remembered us by the second night! They provide 'pizza bread' as a starter, and make a ncie Caprese. I had an excellent homemade tomato soup followed by a tasty beef and mushroom entree. The second night I tried their homemade Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, which was also excellent. I can't remember what my husband ate, but I remember he loved it! They serve very good desserts made in the local style with Sorrento grown lemons. The waiters were very nice and reminded us of 'Joey' from the TV show ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2002

Navona Notte

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Restaurant

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Our B&B host, Luciano, Told us 'Don't eat at Piazza Navona!! No, No!' and suggested this restaurant that is just outside on Piazza Navona (I will get the address and add it later). Even though it was only a few quiet turns away from the tourists on Piazza Navona, this place was packed with locals. The have a special that includes an appetizer of fresh mussels to share, a pasta dish and a drink for a great price (under $10). The food was excellent, and it was nice to be surrounded by real Romans. We loved it so much that we ate there twice! The second night Luciano, his wife, and another couple were also dining there!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2002