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Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

teamdp
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Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

Hi,

Ok so basically we are getting married and have flights booked to Naples with the intention of staying in sorrento and have managed to find a hotel with a pool and balcony etc to fit our budget (at the time) just outside of sorrento www.hotelalpha.it/pagina.php?id=15&lng=en . Since booking the flights we had the opportunity to buy a house which we have done and it has zapped all our savings and we are anxious that we will be watching the pennies/cents if we go on honeymoon.

Basically I am wondering is it possible to do sorrento on budget or should we just give up?

Is there cheaper end restaurants? If so could you tell me where they are?

Is the area our hotel is in cheap? is there any where there we can eat?

Is there a ball park figure for 10 days spending money for a couple in Sorrento? roughly

Our plan was to take picnics out for our lunches so that would be a min cost. We will be doing all the trip alone so won't be paying excursion fees etc.

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1. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

You can do Sorrento on a budget. Its not a big city, and its surrounded by smaller cities. There are plenty of inexpensive places to eat. Transportation isn't very expensive. Although, I would look into finding a less expensive accomodation, maybe. Possibly a Bed & Breakfast. An apartment might be ideal..you could make use of the kitchen and have plenty of privacy! Try searching on bbplanet.com.

Good luck!

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2. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

In Italy, public transport is relatively cheap, efficient and convenient... You can ride the buses to all sorts of little places along the Amalfi coast, for days out. Wherever you are, look for 'spiaggia libera' to get free access to the beaches (they won't necessarily be as clean and well groomed as those where there are 'lidi' with a bagnino to keep it up to scratch. But the local authorities are supposed to keep them 'decent'.

In Sorrento, the 'resort' is on a cliff, and access to the sea is via lifts/steps and there is not much of a beach (black volcanic sand).... only bathing platforms off the cliffs into deep water. Charges are obviously going to be expensive, as someone has to pay for building the platforms ! But if you catch a bus down the coast, there are pebble beaches at Amalfi, which means the water is clear, and you can walk onto the pebble beaches without steps and lifts, with no swirly sand to make it look murky !

For food, you can buy filled rolls (panini) at a 'salumeria' (cheese and cooked/cured meats) and head for the early morning fruit and vegetable markets (mercato) for cheap fruit - they usually sell by the 'chilo' and 'mezzo chilo' (2lbs and 1lb) but you can ask the seller to do you a price for ....say 2 peaches, 4 apricots and a handful of cherries..... You don't want to store chilos of fruit in your hotel room. Although, if there's a mini bar, you could store some food in there. Take the bottles out but leave them in the room, and put them back in when you don't need the fridge. But leave no crumbs or bits around, keep the room pristine clean, as ants will appear at the slightest inkling there's food around (they'll march up the outside walls and in through your balcony ! )

The 'trattoria' is usually a more 'homely' type of restaurant (unless they're calling it that as a style thing).... and the sort of take-away places are : 'rosticceria ' and Tavola Calda... some 'tavola calda' places have 'stand - up ' or bar stool type seating. Pizze are obviously a good choice, as compared to prices in the UK, the food is plentiful and the pizze authentic (choose a place with a wood oven for the best type of authentic pizza and flavour).... don't choose a place that uses an electric oven the flavour is all wrong.

Check prices on restaurant menus, you may find that a lunchtime meal is cheaper and just as satisfying as an evening meal. So you can occasionally switch round, and have your 'picnic' in the evening, under the stars. Look out for the places where the local 'workers' go for lunch - they don't all go home ! Sometimes it's enough just to head away from the main tourist areas to find the more reasonable prices.

Head out in the morning for wherever you wish to visit, and look for somewhere suitable to eat at midday - if it's all a bit expensive, then opt for the picnic - find the salumeria / forno for your rolls (ask an Italian housewife !) but don't leave it too late as the non-tourist shops then shut till around 4pm, and perhaps an ice-cream for dessert.

Then find a trattoria for the evening.or opt for a pizza, eat-in or take -away according to your pocket.

Do searches on this TA site for this area (Campania) to research the value of various tourist board offers such as Campania Arte Card and the like, to keep entry fees down and travel cheap. Read up the various 'threads' as there's always information to gain from them, even if they don't appear to fit your exact requirements. There's always a supplementary question asked by someone on the thread, other than the first poster that gets the title up.

Go and listen to Italian music..... take advantage of the open-air lfe out there... just sit around and 'people watch' ... and the churches are free, and full of art / architecture to admire....free spectacles when they have processions and festivals in honour of a saint with fireworks and music (check the saint's days) and weddings and 'First Communions/Confirmations' are also 'spectacles' when everyone 'dresses up'...apart from their religious content ..... and the churches are cool on a hot day !

It's your honeymoon, so make it fun and romantic for each other.... you'll have a roof over your heads, so be inventive with food and entertainment. Enjoy yourselves...

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3. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

Hi teamdp, welcome to the Sorrento forum

Don't give up!!

Ok, your hotel is in Sant'Agnello, there's not many places to eat there (a few but not as many as in Sorrento). Restaurants - most places have a menu displayed outside you can see what they have and the cost before deciding to go in. This is a link to a place called Il Leone Rosso in Sorrento, their menu and prices are on their site so maybe it will give you a rough idea, http://www.illeonerosso.it/ I really like this place, good value, food and service. Similar places would be Sir Joe, Ristorante San Antonino (my all time favourite), The Garden, Il Pozzo. Plus a brilliant budget place is called Pizzeria Da Franco, nothing fancy about it at all, wooden benches/tables, its where the locals go, the pizzas are amazing!

I think sometimes it depends on what you have too. If you just fancy a pizza, the prices start at only 5 euros. If you have antipasti, pasta course, main course then dessert the price obviously reflects that. Usually I can only manage a pasta dish with a side salad...ok maybe a dessert as well!

Lunches - good plan. We usually get panini and sit somewhere nice, or head back to the hotel/apartment. For this I recommend Bar Rita (the staff are so nice too), this is next to the cinema in Sorrento. Also Bar Ercolano. For a snack type lunch, Bar Veneruso is a good choice. There are a couple of good supermarkets and smaller shops where you can buy bread/rolls etc to make your own. Good supermarket in Sant'Agnello too

You already mentioned doing trips by yourself, did you find the Top Questions to the right of the Sorrento forum? Info in there about transport etc.

Have you already booked your hotel?

Hope that helps a little, just shout if you have any more questions.

Ellie

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4. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

If you're thinking of changing your accommodation we stayed here in May for 70 euros a night.

www.villaelisasorrento.com/english/index.htm

Check out the reviews on here.

We did our own breakfast and lunch everyday ( bought mostly from the Standa supermarket), ate in at night a couple of times - pasta, and takeaway quiche from Bar Rita with salad and bread, so easy to do. We ate at the cheaper restaurants usually pasta or pizza. Theres plenty near the apartments.

Public transport is very cheap and we took a cheap flight to Naples and then made our own way to Sorrento. Theres lovely walks in the hills around Sorrento through the lemon and olive groves - all free!!

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5. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

Unless that hotel has better deals than shown on their website, at 1390 Euro for 10 nights on half board there from mid-September (or €980 a month later) and a fairly parsimonious 250 Euro for 10 days picnics, pizzas, drinks, travel etc, it's hard to see you getting any significant amount of change out of £1400 (or £1050 in October).

While taking their B&B option costs less upfront, the halfboard extra of €20 (Sept) or €25 (Oct) for an evening meal for two could well prove to be a pretty tough average to stick to for that long.

Peter

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6. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

Hi,

My friend was looking at some hotel prices on Thomson (not packages) and found some really good deals including half board.

Not sure when you are getting married but my friend found the Hotel President/ half board for £100 per room. That was for end of Jul 10 though. I think thats really good value when you think its for 2 two people and it includes the evening meal.

Its worth checking Thomson for hotel prices, you don't have to book their packages either.

Hope this helps.

Nikki

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7. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

Remember when I said that my Honeymoon budget was $5000? Well, now that we're back, I can say WE DID IT. We stayed in budget. And I created this blog detailing our expenses because of you. If you're still interested, I hope it can be of some help to you to see what we did for our trip.

http://mal-onashoestring.blogspot.com/

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8. Re: Shoe string Honeymoon?????? should we give up?

I really enjoyed looking through your blog, what great photos. Such a pity you missed out on Ravello, maybe next time;)

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