My fiancee and me are planning our honeymoon in Italy. We have from (Thursday) October 30th (after work) until (Sunday) November 9th and we've started liking the idea of travelling using overnight ferries. Here's what our current plan is like:
30th: fly to Milan (from Belgium, so we'll be there on time for the hotel/B&B)
alternative: fly to Milan and try to get to Genoa. If this is possible, we could spend the next day at Genoa instead of in trains.
worst case: fly to Milan and get a B&B near the airport
31st: get to Genoa or explore Genoa for a day
around 22:30, the ferry leaves for Sardinia (to Olbia)
1-2-3: explore Sardinia. We'll have to stick to one city and arrive in Cagliari on 2nd or 3rd (depending on how nice the other city is) because of lack of time. I was thinking Nuoro. Is another city that's better for staying 1-2 days ? We can also go to Cagliari immediately if it's the best there is. Also, a decent walk would be nice.
around 19:30: ferry to Sicily (Trapani)
4-5-6-7: explore Sicily. My fiancee wants to see Syracuse. Any other highlights ? This would be the perfect moment for a good walk. The ferry back to Genoa leaves from Palermo. So I guess it makes sence to get to Syracuse upon arrival and stay there until 6th ?
8-9: arrive in Genoa and another day there. Get to the airport and get back home
It'll be quite a rushed holiday already, so we'd like to stick to as few places as possible. I know Cinque Terres is close to Genoa, but that would mean even more running around, so we won't be going there. Hints & tips about Sardinia & Sicily are appreciated ! Also, our plan is to spend time in Genoa (where the ferry leaves) and not in Milan (where the plane arrives). Does that make sense ?
As for a guide book, we'll probably take only the Rough Guide to Italy, because we're covering quite a bit. I was considering the Rough Guides for Sicily + Sardinia, but then we don't have Genoa. Also, these books are possibly too extensive for our short stays.
Thanks for all your help