April in Tuscany and Venice crowded?

Old Feb 21st, 2001, 08:40 AM
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April in Tuscany and Venice crowded?

My boyfriend and I will be spending 7 days in Florence, perhaps with a one day visit to one of the vineards in Tuscany and Venice,and we would like to play it by ear as to how many days to stay in each town. Is it a bad idea just to take off without hotel reservations in April 9-17? Easter I know.
Also, I noticed that some travelers mentioned that car rental and gas are expensive. Is it? and How much? Your input would be highly appreciate it.
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 08:57 AM
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I'm interested in the same...we're going April 9-19th in Cinque Terre and then Tuscany. I've been reading that it's best to make reservations although we really like just flying by the seats of our pants.
Any recommendations for Easter Sunday? Is everything open?
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 10:29 AM
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Easter in Italy is a 2 day holiday - Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (Easter festival). It's a long holiday weekend and the Italians will be out in force. I recommend making reservations in advance if possible.

On Easter Sunday, and in part on Monday, pretty much the only places open are restaurants. As for gasoline, it costs only about a dollar - for a liter, not a gallon! That's about $4 per gallon. But hey, you're on vacation, and it's only money, right?
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 12:44 PM
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Thanks Steve. Will museums be closed too?
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 09:26 PM
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Major museums are "usually" closed only on Christmas and New Year's day, but you just never know . . . . Seriously, check Time Out or a very update-to-date guide.
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 10:36 PM
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Paty, why would you not book hotels, do you enjoy staying in places that you would'nt normally step foot in because everything else is booked? It's so much less of a headache once you are traveling to have everything taken care of, that way you can just relax and enjoy your vacation without worrying where you are going to sleep each night!
But it is your holiday so do whatever you feel comfortable with, but it does sound a bit like your worried, so go aheah and book! I know you want to, don't think of it as a sign of growing old and anal, just think of it as a preferred place of rest with a better mattress!
Old Feb 22nd, 2001, 07:29 AM
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Jodi, Liz is right. Reservations are a must in this season. I have been calling several hotels and noticed that during these dates if you're looking just for a two night reservation you're are kind of luck. 4 nights is a better chance. Thank you all very much.

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