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Honeymoon to Northern Italy and...?

Hi there!

My fiancé and I are planning our honeymoon for late October 2020!

We have our eye on a few places: Italian Riviera, Lake Como, Switzerland. We are also open to other options. We are thinking about maybe 9 days? We need help knowing 1.) where to avoid since it'll be low season, 2.) specific places to go within these areas, 3.) how long to stay in each place, 4.) and what order to go to them.

We are flying out of Dallas if that matters.

Can't wait to hear from y'all!


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Check flights on " Italian Riviera, Lake Como" check MXP, staying in Milan at the end, or at a Malpensa hotel for an early AM flight [in which case downtown Milan is OK at the beginning]. Varenna on LC from MXP a couple of hours with a change downtown. Santa Margherita Ligure would be a good choice on the coast; one-stop train trip 10:30 to,2:14.

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Congrats Meaghan on your honeymoon trip and Happy New year. Look into the French Riviera as possible honeymoon destination. It's very romantic there.
Cannes, Nice, Saint Tropez, Antibes, and Villefranche - Sur - Mer are charming towns in the Riviera. You would experience a very romantic honeymoon there. If you prefer to focus in Italy, the Amalfi Coast would be my second option.

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I love Switzerland but would not spend time or money there in late October; the chance of gloomy bad weather is too great. For nine days, I suggest you concentrate on Italy and choose two destinations rather than spend a lot of time moving around.

Tuscany can be very nice in October, with harvest festivals that could be fun. And if you have any interest in Venice, late October is a good time to go. We spent the whole month of October there a few years back, and noticed a distinct drop in tourists ( and cruise ships) after mid-month. The weather was pleasant the whole time, but of course that is not guaranteed!

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Have you been to Italy before? If so where?

How many nights are you planning to be there?

When you say "9 days" is that including the flying days?

Depending on how you are counting your time, a 3rd destination may or may not be practical, but I think you should not try to include Switzerland for logistical and weather issues. Lola has given good advice.

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Congratulations! I would have to agree that late October would not be the best time to be up north. I'd stick to the French and Italian Riviera. Unless you want snow and colder weather then Switzerland for sure. The south of France including the Cote d Azur would be my choice the end of November OR a couple Greek Islands or even southern Croatia as it as beautiful as Greece and more affordable. Save Lake Como and Switzerland for a May or June trip.

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Fly multi city, into Rome out of Genoa. Delta has flights on this route from Dallas.

On arrival, train to Orvieto spend the night.

Day 2 pick up a rental car & drive to Tuscany 3 nights.

Day 5 Florence. Drop car. 2 nights

Day 7. train Florence- Italian Rivera. You can visit the Cinque Terre from here. 3 nights.

Travel home via Genoa.