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Best time to visit Italy - opinions please

Best time to visit Italy - opinions please

Aug 3rd, 2004, 12:45 PM
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Best time to visit Italy - opinions please

I am starting to plan a 10 days vacation to Italy for next year and I have two options for time: mid-May or mid-September.

Ideally will try for 3 days in Rome, one day travel (car? train?) to Florence, 2 days there, one day travel (car? train?) to Venice, 3 days there.

When do you think it's better to go?

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Aug 3rd, 2004, 12:58 PM
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See http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34515934

Daylight hours are longer in May; crowds and prices are slightly lower than in September. September is warmer. May is greener and "bloom-y" with flowers.

Do both!

Best wishes,

Rex
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Aug 3rd, 2004, 01:10 PM
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Hi mirela,

It takes only a few hours to go from Rome to Florence and Florence to Venice.

See www.trenitalia.com/en

Do NOT buy a railpass.

September is when the Porcini mushrooms are in season, the grapes are harvested and the olives are pressed.

I suggest that you look for open-jaw tickets arriving Venice and departing Rome.
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Aug 3rd, 2004, 03:46 PM
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I agree completely with what Rex has said, and I plan all my trips to Italy for May.

Most people do not realize that there is a spring as well as an autumn season for porcini.
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Aug 3rd, 2004, 03:51 PM
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And they thrive in my yard all summer long!
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Aug 3rd, 2004, 03:54 PM
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If I have free time in the fall I'd always travel to Italy - May is far too much in the shadow of July and August - September isn't in the shadow of any other month.
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Aug 3rd, 2004, 04:13 PM
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What nonsense m_kingdom 2 has just posted!

September comes in the wake of July and August, and many restaurateurs, hoteliers, shopkeepers and all kinds of other people are totally exhausted from the July and August hordes and showing signs of stress and impatience.

In May, they are fairly rested still (although April is already a tourist month in Italy), looking forward optimistically to the summer months and far more likely to be welcoming and pleasant.
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Aug 3rd, 2004, 04:42 PM
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We've mostly gone in May and this year it seemed noticably more crowded than in years past, even though we'd gone earlier in the month than usual. The weather this year was also rainy and quite cool.
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Aug 4th, 2004, 07:28 AM
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Thank you, all. It looks that it will be most likely May.

Rex, I would love to follow your advice, but the Lottery people keep overlooking me
Maybe someday....

Ira, I know that I will not need two full days for travel, but I thought to budget them to include a bit of rest (sleep in), packing-unpacking, and such.

Now, I'm off to do more reading; please keep your advices coming.
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