Matthew Gray & Debra Miller

Matthew & Debra

May 29, 2010

Matthew Gray & Debra Miller

Matthew & Debra

May 29, 2010

Welcome to our honeymoon site! As many of you know, we became engaged in Italy on 25 May 2009. This trip was magical, and in addition to falling deeper in love with each other, we fell in love with Italy! Italy is an amazing country filled with diverse culture, amazing vistas, delicious cuisine, and oh yeah - some of the best vino in the world! So, without hesitation, we are returning for our honeymoon. We are planning to retrace some of our steps (e.g., a gondola ride in Venice) and are expanding our stops to include additional cities (e.g., Siena, Pisa, Sorrento) and new experiences (e.g., day trip to Capri Island). Below, we provide an itinerary of our trip with various activities. Instead of providing a traditional gift, we invite you to contribute to our honeymoon memories. Please know that we are very appreciative of your thoughtfulness and want to say 'Thank you' for helping make this dream come true. We hope to see you during our wedding on Saturday, 29 May 2010, at Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega, Georgia!

Link to 2009 Italy Photos

NOTE: All estimates below have been converted from euros to dollars (1 euro =$1.50).

We're going to Como, Venice, Tuscany, Sorrento, Rome, Pisa!

Lake Como: 31 May - 2 June
Venice: 3 - 7 June
Tuscany: 8-10 June (Siena)
Sorrento: 11-14 June
Rome: 15-17 June
Pisa: 18-19 June
Milan: 20 June

Our Registry

Lake Como: Varenna
Venice
Tuscany: Siena
Sorrento
Rome
Pisa
Milan
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Accommodations at Hotel Olivedo ($200/night for 3 nights):
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Good Morning --- Espresso for Two. This is our breakfast!
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Admission to Castle Vezio:
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Lunch at Castle Vezio:
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Ferry Ride across Lake Como to visit the city of Bellagio.
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Wine tasting and lunch in Bellagio at Enoteca Cavaturacciolo:
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Bottle of Wine from Enoteca Principessa in Bellagio:
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Lakeview Dinner at Ristorante La Vista:
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Romantic Lakeside Dinner at Vecchia Varenna:
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Casual Dinner in Varenna at Nilus Bar
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Accommodations at the Hotel Albergo Cavalletto E Doge Orseolo (canal view; $320/night for 5 nights):
$15000
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Private water taxi ride from parking garage to hotel.
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Vaporetto (water bus) tickets for day visits from Venice to Murano, Burano and Torcello islands and to the Lido (beach).
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Entrance to Gallerie dell'Accademi:
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Entrance to Glass Museum on Murano Island:
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Tickets to La Traviata at the Opera House: Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice
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Gondola ride retracing the route of our engagement night passing under the Bridge of Sighs
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Good Morning --- Espresso for Two!
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Light lunch at the Lido (beach)
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Lunch at Ristorante Al Vecio Pipa on Burano Island
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Lunch near Rialto Bridge
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Lunch in Venice's Jewish Ghetto
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Romantic Seafood Dinner at Ristorante La Nuova Grotta (grilled turbot from the Adriatic Sea!)
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Romantic Canalside Dinner at the Grand Canal Restaurant:
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Dinner at the Trattoria da Giorgio ai Greci (where we ate the night of our engagement).
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Dinner at Osteria al Diavolo e l'Acquasanta --- Known for their Venetian style pasta!
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Fine dining at Ristorante Da Fiore before the Opera in San Polo region of Venice
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Cocktails at Piazza San Marco while listening to the dueling orchestras
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Wine Tasting at Enoteca Cantina del Vino Gia Schiavi
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Wine tasting at Enoteca Mascareta
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Accommodations at the Hotel Palazzo Ravizza ($250/night for 3 nights):
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Tour the Siena Duomo (cathedral) and Duomo museum
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Winery tour and lunch at one of the famous Antinori family estates: Bottega di Passignano
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Sausage sampling in Panzano at Antica Macelleria Cecchini. The owner (Dario Cecchini) is called the "Butcher of Italy"
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Wine tasting and lunch in Montalcino at Enoteca la Fortezza
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Wine tasting and tour at the Banfi Castle.
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Good Morning --- Espresso for Two. Need to clear out the cobwebs from touring Tuscany wineries!
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Romantic dinner at Antica Osteria Da Divo in Old Town Siena.
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Casual dinner in Sienna at Osteria Nonna Gina (great local cuisine!)
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Casual dinner on "Il Campo" in Siena --- considered the best town square in Italy
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One bottle of Antinori wine made at the Passignano winery.
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Montalcino is famous for its Brunello wine. One bottle to enjoy!
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One bottle of Banfi wine.
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Accommodations at Hotel La Tonnarella ($300/night for 4 nights):
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Good Morning Espresso for Two --- Overlooking the Tyrrenhian Sea!
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Visit the Pompeii ruins and Herculaneum:
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Explore Vesuvius --- Europe's only active volcano! Its eruption buried Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD.
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Jet boat ride to Capri Island bright and early!
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See the famous Blue Grotto in a 8-ft dinghy:
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Scooter rental to explore Capri for the day
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Ferry Boat back to Sorrento
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Pizza for lunch in Naples! (Day 1)
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Lunch on Capri Island (Day 2)
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Lunch while sun-bathing near hotel (Day 3)
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Romantic dinner first night in Sorrento at Ristorante il Buco
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Casual dinner after returning from Pompeii (local recommendation)
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Dinner for 2 with a sea view at Ristorante Delfino
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Dinner at L'Antica Trattoria before musical at Teatro Tasso:
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Theater show (The Sorrento Musical) at Teatro Tasso
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Gelato at Gelateria David after the show!
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After dinner cocktails while in Sorrento --- Salute!
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Accommodations at Hotel Rome Nazionale ($500/night for 3 nights):
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Entrance to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
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Ride Elevator to Top of St. Peter's Basilica followed by 323 stairs to climb -- good exercise!
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Roma Pass for entrance to sites we did not see in 2009: Roman Forum, National Museum, Baths of Diocletian, Castle Sant' Angelo, and Capitoline Museum. Also includes free public transportation!
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Espresso at the famous Sant'Eustachio Il Caffe -- Proclaimed to be the best espresso in the world!
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Lunch near the Vatican:
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Sip some wine and have lunch near the National Museum
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Dinner at Ristorante Da Fortunato (in front of the Pantheon):
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Dinner at Ristorante da Pancrazio --- an underground restaurant among the ruins of the Theater of Pompeii:
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Casual dinner --- stone oven-baked pizza!
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Gelato at the famous Gelateria Caffe Pasticceria Giolitti:
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Accommodations at Hotel Villa Kinzica ($165/night for 2 nights):
$8000
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Entrance to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa --- more exercise!
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Entrance for 2 to Field of Miracles and Pisa Duomo
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Good Morning --- A little espresso before climbing that tower!
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Panini for lunch!
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Candlelight dinner at Ristorante Galileo
$4000
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Casual dinner at L' Hostaria Le Repubbliche Marinare
$6000
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Accommodations last night near Milan Malpensa Airport:
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Our last dinner in Italy at a restaurant near our hotel
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Car Rental for 3 weeks
$5000
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Spending cash for fun and souvenirs!
$1000
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Spending cash for fun and souvenirs!
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