All in all, after receiving $3,000 in gifts from friends and family, we enjoyed two full weeks in Europe, taking excursions in nearly every port, toasting to our marriage with rivers of wine, eating some of the best food imaginable and seeing some of the greatest sites in the world, all for about $200 out of pocket - total!
Traveler’s Joy made it possible for us to trek across Italy for the honeymoon we didn’t dare dream possible. Mostly, though, it gave us a profound appreciation for the friends and family who helped bring our travel itinerary to life.
Thanks to Traveler’s Joy and the generosity of our friends and family we enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. Everyone got excited about the registry and agreed that it was a great way to participate in our joy as they saw the photos of what their gifts had enabled us to experience.
After researching different honeymoon registry sites, we decided upon Traveler’s Joy for its user friendly navigation and inviting aesthetics. We were able to customize our registry so it reflected our personalities, even making fun of ourselves a bit.
For our honeymoon we really wanted to explore some of the most iconic countries in Western Europe. Thanks to Traveler's Joy, we were able to do so to the fullest extent!
Without Traveler’s Joy, the trip we took would not have been possible. We know the memories of this adventure will last far longer than a new toaster or hand towels.
Neither of us wanted to register for pots or china. When thinking about how we wanted to celebrate our nuptials, it was evident that we both wanted something that would give us memories to share with our families, friends, and future children. That is when we came across Traveler’s Joy.
The long and short of the story is this - our friends found Traveler's Joy on the web, compared it to other honeymoon registry sites and found this one to be the highest quality and value.
We wholeheartedly recommend Traveler’s Joy as a registry to anyone who wants less stuff to stash and more stories to share.
We were able to leverage my iPhone, Twitter and Facebook to include our friends and family on what we were able to see and do - and for those who had participated in our honeymoon registry on Traveler's Joy, it was meaningful to feel like they were part of our trip.
As we began to consider registering for gifts, we realized we didn’t need the slow-cookers, the towels and the wine glasses typical of a wedding registry. We truly believe that money is best spent on making memories and good stories, so we were elated to find Traveler’s Joy!
The total cost of our honeymoon was just over $7,000, so the gifts we received on Traveler’s Joy helped us pay for extras such as shore excursions, fancy meals, wine with dinner, and taxi fares.
We began our trip with high hopes that debt would not be a factor at the end. We used painstakingly saved frequent flier miles for our flight over, and when we stayed at our luxurious hotel in Rome, we used points. We raised nearly $2,500 through Traveler's Joy.
Like many people who would register with a website like Traveler's Joy, my husband and I have a true zest for travel. We love experiencing new cultures, unexpected moments, and the thrill of doing something once in a lifetime. Our honeymoon was just that.
We both agree there’s no way we could have taken such an action-packed vacation had we not signed up for a honeymoon registry with Traveler's Joy. We’re so grateful to our family and friends for helping us create the vacation we’d always dreamed about, and one we’ll always remember.
Immediately when we told people we were going to Italy, everyone become a resident travel agent, giving us books and plenty of advice on where to stay, eat, and everything in between! When we created our Traveler's Joy registry months before the wedding, we already had an idea of where we wanted to go.
Words cannot truly explain the beauty that Tuscany embodies. Although we had seen plenty of photos and paintings of Tuscany before, the images just did not do the real sites justice.
Once my wife told me about Traveler's Joy and all the things they had to offer, I was excited about what the possibilities could be for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. I can remember Carol looking like a little kid that got a cool toy to play with when she was creating the "trip of our dreams" - and it certainly was.
We had already been to France and wanted to go back to Europe for our honeymoon, but didn't think we could afford it after all our wedding expenses. Once we discovered Traveler's Joy, we realized that if we registered there, we just might be able to pull it off.
Logan took over the honeymoon planning about 5 months before the wedding and used his honed research skills to put together an amazingly well-thought out itinerary for our 14 days in Italy. This made setting up our Traveler's Joy website so easy. Our friends and family appreciated knowing specifically what part of our honeymoon they were contributing to.
We weren't sure how our family and friends would react to our honeymoon registry, but it turned out to be a huge hit. The website was extremely easy for everyone to navigate. We were able to choose from a variety of wonderful activities and could pick exactly the ones that we wanted to partake in. Thanks to Traveler's Joy, our guests helped to create memories that we would never forget.
I absolutely loved the idea of Travelers Joy only because we both had tons of family that could not make it to the wedding and it seemed to work great for them, not to mention they all thought it was so neat. All together we had around $900 given to us through the website which we used for our Shore excursions.
When we began planning our honeymoon, we never thought a European destination could be possible until we came across Traveler’s Joy and realized our guests could help plan our honeymoon and giving us a tactful way of asking for money to put towards what we really wanted, our dream honeymoon.
We raised $6,200 with our Traveler's Joy registry. We received numerous complements from our guests. They enjoyed having the opportunity to contribute to our honeymoon experiences. Traveler's Joy helped us cover the cost of our honeymoon but also share our experience with family and friends!
Rome is truly one of the world's greatest treasures. It's a destination overflowing with unique experiences around every corner and should be the first stop newlyweds make when visiting Italy.
The "Eternal City" is the capital of Italy and the country's most populated city at 3 million inhabitants. Located in the western-central part of the country along the Tiber River, Rome is Italy's most visited destination and the third-most visited destination in all of Europe.
With its strategic location in Central Europe and just a few miles from the Mediterranean Sea, the city has an extensive history that spans thousands of years. For instance, Rome served as the capital of the expansive Roman Empire for hundreds of years. For nearly two thousand years, Rome has also been the seat of the Papacy.
Italy's capital was also at the center of the Italian Renaissance between the 13th and 17th centuries and the city gradually transformed. Rome became a haven for artists, writers, and architects, and many of the city's iconic buildings, structures, and sites still reflect that. The influences of Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, and Caravaggio can be seen just about everywhere.
Today, amidst modern advances and new technology, the city is filled with ancient wonders and relics of the past that have withstood the test of time. The two coexist beautifully in a way that few other world destinations can match.
Get your history fix and explore iconic sites like Vatican City, Villa Borghese, the Pantheon, or the Colosseum. For a different kind of excursion, stroll the quaint streets of Trastevere, a historic neighborhood that mesmerizes with its old world charm, narrow cobblestone alleyways and striking town squares like Piazza Santa Maria.
If you're planning a honeymoon to Rome, consider a trip during the shoulder seasons. Generally, the best months for visiting are April-June, plus late September and October. July and August bring enormous crowds and stifling heat (expect low 90s and high 80s during the day). Also keep in mind that in late August, much of the city shuts down as locals go on holiday.
The spring and fall can be chilly, but genuinely pleasant. Plus, the crowds are less intense, making for a more pleasant experience overall. In the winter, the city is cool and crisp (in the 40s and 50s), and the major sights are usually uncrowded. However, many sites undergo renovations and might not be open to the public.
To truly immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Rome, it will likely take you the better part of a week. Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica alone can easily take an entire day – granted one that you'll remember forever. But even if you only have a handful of days to explore this wonderful city, you're bound to find it romantic, energetic, and captivating all at once. Rome truly is a one-of-a-kind destination, perfect for your first few days together as a married couple.
Museums - At the center of so much history, it's no wonder that Rome is home to some of the world's top museums. At the top of the list are the Vatican Museums. Here you'll find a wide variety of amazing treasures, including modern religious art, Renaissance art, Greek and Roman sculptures, plus many works by Raphael, and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Meanwhile, Galleria Borghese is a Traveler's Joy favorite for its masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, Rubens, and Bernini, among many others. If you're still up for more, Museo Capitolino and the National Etruscan Museum are both highly recommended visits.
Churches of Rome - As the hub of the Roman Catholic Church, Rome boasts many of the world's finest churches. In fact, the city has more than 900 churches in total. But no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Here you can view Michelangelo's Pieta and the tombs of the popes at the Vatican grottoes, plus you can even climb to the top of Michelangelo's dome, which gives way to amazing vistas of Rome and Vatican City. After your Vatican tour, head further downtown to the Pantheon, one of Rome's most fascinating landmarks. The Roman temple was originally built in 27 BC. Admire the tombs, portico, 40-foot columns, bronze door, and oculus. Raphael's tomb lies to the left of the main altar.
Ancient Ruins - The city features a number of impressive ruins and monuments dating back to the days of Ancient Rome. Perhaps most impressive of the group is the Colosseum, an enormous amphitheater that once played host to gladiators, wild animals, and huge crowds. Other can't-miss sites include the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Imperial Forums (created by Julius Caesar). While the sites have been reduced to ruins over many centuries, it's still quite amazing to think about the meetings, decisions, and activities that took place at each of the spots – and to still be able to walk around these sites, too.
Piazzas and Squares - Rome is filled with bustling piazzas and squares, many of them dating back thousands of years. Today, they're brimming with energy, excitement, and amazing people-watching opportunities. Be sure to visit Piazza Navona, which is terrific day or night. This square was built on the site of an ancient stadium. Now it features many great restaurants and cafes, plus historic fountains and an obelisk. Other must-see piazzas around the city include Piazza del Popolo (with its Egyptian Obelisk), the Spanish Steps, Piazza di Santa Mario in Trastevere, and Piazza della Rotonda at the Pantheon.
Exploring Trastevere - Spend time meandering around this colorful neighborhood across the river from downtown. Get lost down the back alleys and stop at delightful sites like Church of St. Cecilia and Piazza Santa Maria. This is an authentic, historic neighborhood of the city, one that's perfect for an afternoon stroll if you're hoping to escape the crowds and museums.
Nightlife - Even if you prefer the opera to barhopping, Rome has a riveting nightlife that rivals the big cities of Paris, London and New York. For fans of dance or ballet, head to the Teatro dell'Opera. For wine lovers, the city is filled with wine bars (or "enoteche") and unique cafes.
Meanwhile, restaurants range from renowned establishments to charming neighborhood trattorias, many of which feature delicious and affordable prix fixe options. Also, be sure to visit many of Rome's famous piazzas and fountains (e.g. Trevi Fountain) once the sun sets. These spots are often illuminated at night and frequently hold concerts, events, and other performances.
Shopping - Rome has an impressive mixture of boutique shopping, name brand stores, and hidden treasures. First, head to Via Condotti near the Spanish Steps, arguably Rome's most notable shopping avenue. To escape auto traffic, head to Via Frattina for some pedestrian-only shopping. Via Sistina and Via Del Corso are also recommended shopping detours.
Hotel Piranesi - This is easily one of Rome's finest boutique hotels. Enjoy a fantastic location close to Piazza del Popolo and many of the city's top attractions. The property features elegant guest rooms plus a gorgeous rooftop terrace with stunning views of the entire city. Amenities include daily breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi-, a sauna, fitness center, and solarium.
Hotel Fontanella Borghese - Close to the Spanish Steps and right in the heart of Rome, this hotel surprisingly remains relatively undiscovered. Much renovated and improved, it has been installed on the third and fourth floors of a palace dating back to the 18th century.
Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel - This restored 17th-century convent in Trastevere was designed by one of the great Baroque architects, Francesco Borromini. The hotel's 78 rooms are simple but comfortable, the beds are fantastic, and property even features many of the convent's antiques and architectural flourishes.
La Terrasse Cuisine and Lounge - This terrific spot at Hotel Sofitel is perfect for delicious cocktails and jaw-dropping views of the skyline. Be sure to stick around for a romantic dinner featuring Mediterranean cuisine with a French twist.
Il Baraco - Sharing a meal outdoors is truly one of Rome's greatest pleasures. One of our favorite al fresco restaurants is this hidden gem tucked away near the Pantheon. This wonderful spot (with its ivy-coated building) features well-executed Italian dishes that are packed with flavor.
Trattoria Da Lucia - This rustic trattoria is located in the heart of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. You won’t find any over-the-top menu selections here, but you will experience top-notch family cooking — which makes sense since the restaurant has been family owned and operated since World War II.
Ditirambo - A charming restaurant off Campo de’ Fiori known for its take on traditional Roman cuisine. The trattoria focuses on organic ingredients, making it ideal for meat-centric eaters and vegetarians alike.
Rome's main airport is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). The facility – Italy's largest and busiest airport – is located about 21 miles from Rome's historic downtown. Fiumicino features all of the major rental car companies, plus taxi services, shuttle buses, trains, and other public transportation options. Direct flights to Rome are currently available from New York City, Atlanta, Washington DC, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia.