For as long as we both can remember, we’ve wanted to go to Italy for our Honeymoon. However, Italy in late December is not ideal for someone who’s never been before [me]. So we pretty much wrote off Europe completely and started toying with the idea of a tropical oasis, something south of the border, perhaps a remote island, or something right in our own backyard. And with the help of our lovely readers’ comments we really started to narrow down our options. But after pricing everything and realizing how expensive everything was going to be for a trip we really weren’t all that excited about. We knew we couldn’t do Italy, but why not London? or Prague? or Germany? We consulted our dear blogger friend who travels for a living to find out how to make the best of cold weather in Europe, and what some secret warmer places would be that time of year. She suggested to just embrace it. Choose a place that is beautiful and whimsical that time of year and live it up. So after researching a bunch of different countries, we realized that something was wrong. It wasn’t Italy.
Derek has lived in Italy before so he knows the cities inside and out, but it was in the spring/summer so we weren’t 100% positive on how things would look in December. So after lots of google imaging one city took our breath away.
Rome!! We started googling photos of Rome at Christmastime, and holy bananas is it beautiful! And by beautiful I mean magical. Because we’re automatic adventurers we naturally want to hop around from city to city, but we also know that after trips like that we need a vacation from our vacation. I mean Chicago just about killed me, so I can only imagine what exploring all of Italy would do! So we wanted to choose one city to stay in for our Honeymoon, and tackle the adventuresome city hopping during a warmer visit in the spring or summer. This way we could explore at our leisure, and not feel guilty about just wanting to stay in and curl up by the fire. After more research we discovered that the average temperatures are lows in the mid 30s and highs in the mid 50s, which pretty much sounds like Texas, so I think we can handle that. And after looking into flights, they are fairly reasonable. And also, winter is a very unpopular time to visit Rome so there should be fewer tourists. Win! I’ve already downloaded an app to learn some basic Italian, so I’m ready!
Now we need your help! Have any of you been to Rome? Where should we stay? Where should we eat? Any shops that are a must? I think we have a handle on the whole Architecture/Landmark side of things being huge Architecture nerds, but we’re totally lost when it comes to lodging. So any tips would be greatly appreciated :)