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Report 730: Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and Venice - Honeymoon For Eight

By Janel from Chicago Illinois, Spring 2005

Trip Description: In March of 2004, we began planning for what was initially to be a trip to Italy for my fiftieth birthday. Ideally, we thought sometime in late spring of 2005 would be perfect. Around that same time, Paul and I had begun to seriously toss around the idea of getting married. One night over dinner, we decided “Why not turn the Italy trip into a destination wedding?” And so the planning began.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Amalfi Coast, Campania, Tuscany, Venice

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Beach; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Wine Trip; Independent Travel; Small Group: 5 to 9

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Page 1 of 16: Let's Get Married In Italy!

photo by Chris K.

Paul & Janel, 9-11-2004

In March of 2004, we began planning for what was initially to be a trip to Italy for my fiftieth birthday. Ideally, we thought sometime in late spring of 2005 would be perfect. Around that same time, Paul and I had begun to seriously toss around the idea of getting married. One night over dinner, we decided “Why not turn the Italy trip into a destination wedding?” And so the planning began.

I began researching and pouring over websites and travelogs for what would be the most idyllic setting for a civil ceremony. The guest list of eight to ten of our closest friends began to take shape. Paul and I began Italian lessons with a Northwestern language student. If we were going to get married in Italian, we wanted to know what we were promising and agreeing to, at the very least!

In the beginning stages of planning, the news came that I needed to undergo open heart surgery in September of 2004. For legal reasons, we opted for a beautiful, albeit quickly put together ceremony under a 200 year old oak tree at our friends home in the country.

The surgery went off without too much of a hitch. My recovery period afforded me plenty of time to devote to planning the trip and for what would become our honeymoon, with six of our closest friends.

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