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Courtney and Peter Chan, of Los Angeles, married June 22, 2013, in a sparkly affair at The London West Hollywood. “There were confetti canons!” says Courtney, a teacher.
She and Peter, a video game project manager, waited a month to time their Roman adventure to her summer break.
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Trip length: 12 nights
Breakdown: Three in Rome, three in Sorrento (with day trips to Positano and Capri), two in Ravello, two in Florence, and a final two in Rome.
Flight time: 13 hours from L.A. to Rome
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Hotel They’d Move Into If They Could
Ravello’s Hotel Caruso (from $765/night), with its cliff-clinging infinity pool. “It was breathtaking,” Courtney says. “Literally. We gasped when we saw it.” Their tip: Claim your pool chaises early before they fill up.
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“Ravello was the most memorable,” Peter says. “ Those views! But we had the most fun soaking up the history in Rome.” Then there was the day trip to Capri. “Everywhere we turned there was a tree with huge lemons hanging off it,” Courtney says.
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Rome’s 5 Must-Hit Sites
The Colosseum; Vatican (Peter suggests booking a private tour to skip the line); Villa Borghese gardens (“We rented a cute yellow tandem bike and puttered all over,” recalls Courtney); Spanish Steps; Trevi Fountain (“at night, when it’s a totally different experience,” she specifies).
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“I learned how to say, ‘How much is this?’ [quanto costa],” Courtney says. “Consequently, I learned how to say ‘too much’ [troppo],” Peter quips.
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What They Wish They Had Brought Back
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