9 days in Italy

Old Apr 4th, 2019, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by cezar9 View Post
Finally booked the flights. We will be arriving in Rome on the 12th and leaving from Milan on the 21st. Now that we have firm reference points i will have to package everything in between.
- Rome - 12th afternoon, 13th, 14th, 15th full days, leave for Florence on the 16th before noon
- Florence - 16th half day, 17th full day, leave for Venice late on the 17th or first thing in the morning on the 18th
- Venice - 18th and 19th full days, leave for Milan early on the 20th
- Milan - 20th, leave for the U.S. on the 21st around 11am local time.
I am a little nervous that it will be too rushed and I am debating if we should skip Florence and leave it for the next time. Thoughts?
Hmm... its definitely doable but my fear is that you will feel overwhelmed with having florence and rome back to back. Florence and Rome are cities which have lots of sights and many famous must see museums. I was glad that we took a break between the two cities by spending two nights in tuscany. Of course maybe your priority is not to see museums in either city and just to walk around and get a feel. I like that you are ending with Venice. Venice to me is more relaxing. You can get lost as others said and enjoy walking through Venice's many neighborhoods. Avoid the crazy amount of day trippers by only going to St. Marks Square and the Rialto Bridge at night. Since you don't have much time do not waste time going to the Islands. If you do want to keep florence then perhaps just walk around and get a feel for the city instead of spending an entire half day at the Ufizzi. Florence is an outdoor museum so you can marvel at everything as you walk around. Do make sure to cross the Arno to go to Oltrano, my favorite part of Florence. If you must go to the museums then make sure to book in advance. However honestly what I would do is either do Florence and Venice or Florence and Rome, with a preference for Florence and Venice. You can then spend equal amounts of days in both and take a day to see the rest of tuscany and the veneto region in Venice. That way you will get a feel for Italy outside the major cities. These small towns are just as lovely to visit and will give your mind a little break as you relax and admire the scenery. I would then leave Rome for a seperate trip with the Amalfi. Or of course you can do Rome and Florence and use the extra days to see tuscany.
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Old Apr 4th, 2019, 10:18 AM
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Stay two nights in Florence and though more would be better, one full day can see a lot as many thing concentrated in historic city center. Not idea but just to see Florence is a joy and come back later for more. I think your proposed itinerary is nice if a bit hurried. I'd leave Rome early in morning to maximize time in Florence. There are plenty of hotels near Florence station to make it easier.
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Your current schedule works well, considering your limited time and desire to see all 3 cities. I personally would not have you skip Florence, but understand why you would consider it. Venice is easier to "see" than Florence in a day and a half. The train to Florence is fast and gives you a chance to arrive early enough to get a rather full day in.
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Old Apr 4th, 2019, 05:29 PM
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Your trip, your call, but for me, that would be WAY too rushed. Again, I encourage you to use a calendar to help plan your trip -- see post # 2 upthread.

Good luck!
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Leave Rome very late afternoon or early evening on the 15th. You will have had three evenings in Rome and it makes sense to use the evening for travel to have more daytime in Florence. Stay in the center of Florence (no more than ten minute walk from station), so you wake up and have a full day on the 16th. Florence is so small, and it is easy to find your way quickly to a hotel or grab a taxi at the station, so arriving late is no problem. For me, even just walking around Florence for a day is worth it.

Have another good half day in Florence on the 17th. Leave mid-afternoon for Venice. Venice is harder to find your way around at first, so unless you are staying near the station or a vaporetto to stop, don’t arrive too late.
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I would leave it as it is. The amount of time you take for Florence depends on what you are interested in. The time you've allotted would allow you to visit one museum (or two of the smaller ones), several of the churches with amazing Renaissance art inside, and take a stroll around the beautiful center of the city. If you find you've seen enough of Rome by the last full day, you can take a very early train to Florence. Likewise, you can play with your departure time for Venice.

Since you're interested in art and history, I encourage you to visit at least a few churches, to see some of Italy's best Renaissance art.This has three big advantages: you see the art in its original context, and get a better appreciation of its historical significance; it's not a huge time commitment to visit a church; and walking from one church to another lets you see a bit more of the city.
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Italy is a country and fabulous cuisine, gorgeous cities, towering mountains and beautiful beaches, and ancient historical sites. For first timers to Italy, Rome, Florence, and Venice usually make the must-see list. Nine days, you have just enough time to visit.
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Just my own experience, but may not be true for others. I hate half days in places. Waking up and having a whole day makes it easier to arrange sight seeing and you are not using up part of each day for travel and checking into and out of hotels.
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Old Apr 7th, 2019, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by nfort View Post
We are doing 9 day trip as well in early fall. Although our itinerary is a little different I just wanted to let you know that you will have a BLAST regardless of how you do it! Wishing you only the best in travels!
thanks! I hope you have a wonderful trip too!
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