What could be more romantic than being Sposi Novelli (Newlywed) in Italy! Well Mr. AZ was all about it, a chance to go to Europe again, fabulous! So he started researching, and like any good mechanical engineer there were spreadsheets... oh my there were spreadsheets.
Detailing the price rates for each hotel and the different suites available at the various rates for each.
Looking at each hotel individually and comparing that to walking distance from the places we'd like to see and again detailing the cost breakdown.
And of course one detailing our "Must See" list, and the cost for each. Did I mention Mr. AZ loves his spreadsheets and even developed macros for some that would pull the daily cost of the Euro into play? Oh yes, he went there. But we also found a certain book invaluable as well. It was given to us by Penga/Miss Sewing. I highly recommend it for those of you traveling to Italy for your Luna di Miele (Honeymoon).
Without it we wouldn't have known that dress is generally more formal and that tipping is not customary. We would have also missed out that sitting or rather standing at the bar for lunch or drinks, if you're planning a quick lunch, has no service fee added. Did you know sitting at tables incurs a service fee which is higher if you are outside because it is considered entertainment? Also because it is cultural to not rush you, and in fact only come to the table when signaled.
Huh, and all that we wouldn't have learned if not for Fodor's! Do you have any secrets up your sleeve for planning your Luna di Miele? Where are you going? When did you decide? Oh and anyone else love spreadsheets?!