Hi all! My fiancé and I have started the honeymoon planning process!!! We really like the sounds of Southern France and Southern Italy for 10-14 days, but can’t decide between the two. Is it feasible to do both countries?
We are pretty low budget people (don’t need to stay in fancy hotels or eat at $$$ restaurants), and are looking to avoid overly touristy areas. We are mostly there for the views, outdoor activities (hikes, swimming), beaches and food/wine. We don’t care so much for spending time in museums, but do appreciate culturally significant areas. Does anyone have any recommendations for towns or specific sightseeing? Any input welcome!
I’ve never been to either but we were actually originally considering the south of France but changed our minds to do the amalfi coast in Italy. Depending on what time of year you’re going, both can be very crowded and touristy. We’re going the second and third weeks of June to Italy, and everyone I’ve talked to has said “GOOD!” to that since apparently the last week of June, and then all of July is horribly crowded.
We opted against the south of France because we were concerned if we went in mid-June it wouldn’t be hot enough to enjoy relaxing on the beach or going in the ocean. Italy seems to be a bit warmer that time of year... from what I’ve heard we’re going in the sweet spot where it’s warm enough to enjoy but not so warm that it’s flooded with tourists yet :p
Thats just the debate we went through with ourselves, not sure if it’s helpful to you but I hope so!
It’s definitely possible. We got engaged in France..my roundtrip ticket was $400 & we stayed in boutique hotels that were less than $200/night. I wouldn’t know abt any other cities however bc we visited all tourist spots..but it was less crowded as we went towards the end of August.
Ohhh I didn't consider that it might not be warm enough in France! We plan on leaving shortly after our wedding (which will likely be the 2nd week of June), but I have heard about how busy it gets the last week of June too! Thanks for the warning.
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Yeah no problem! I just noticed your wedding date and realized you’re a week after us haha. Our flight to Italy is actually on your wedding day, so it’s definitely around the same time haha.
France may be fine depending on what you want to do. It may not be like “laying on the beach weather” though which discouraged us. Not that we’d want to do that the entire time but I’d be really upset if we didn’t get to at all. I think France is generally low 70s in June so you could luck out and get an extra warm summer but we didn’t want to risk it!