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First trip to Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome

First trip to Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome

Jul 18th, 2006, 02:40 PM
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We did a similar trip. You might also look at my trip report for some ideas:


Have a great time!
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Jul 18th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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Sorry. See if this works:

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Jul 18th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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neil and susan, I'm glad my notes can help.
I think the easiest way to get reservations in Florence is to ask your hotel to do it. Most hotels will do it at no charge. You pay the museum when you arrive, with only a slight reservation surcharge (3 EUR?). The Uffizi is so jam-packed with art, I suggest you allow about three hours minimum. But I'd see Michelangelo's David another day, so you'll be fresh to enjoy it. That visit can be a quick one hour or so.
Jul 18th, 2006, 05:25 PM
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Hi Neil & Susan,

Another vote here to take a day from Florence and add it to Rome. So much more to see in Roma!

Buon viaggio!

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Jul 18th, 2006, 05:26 PM
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>That visit can be a quick one hour or so.

Really is dependant on how easily your are mesmerised by the magnificent figure that dominates. It took me a good 3 hours to pull myself away.
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Jul 26th, 2006, 06:54 PM
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We stayed at the Hotel Davanzati last June. We loved it! They will secure tickets for you if you email them ahead of time. There is a great cafe around the corner.. I think it's called "Poste" or something similiar- it is accross from the post office. There is both a cafe and a restaurant there.. enjoy!
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Jul 29th, 2006, 11:07 AM
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You will love the Hotel Davanzati in Florence. I stayed there last year with my mom for over a week. We decided to stay an extra night, but they were sold out, so we used AMEX points and got an amazing suite at the Hotel Villa Medici. While the suite and the Medici were stunning, nothing beats the location, warmth, and expertise of the Davanzati. They make you feel like family. I made a vow never to stay anywhere else while in Florence. My fiance and I are actually going to Florence in October for our honeymoon and the Davanzati is full - this should tell you something. So, sadly enough, we will have to stay elsewhere. Tip: Take Fabrizio's suggestions on where to eat - the only bad meal we had was the one night that we went with a hometown friend's recommendation (Mamma Gina's). Also, Fabrizio or Tommy (his son) will book you museum and train tickets in advance. Ask them if they can get you into the Vasarian Corridor tour - it is well-worth it! Enjoy!
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Jul 29th, 2006, 06:09 PM
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We have just returned from a stay at Hotel Barocco in Rome. I know the reviews are good, but having been spoiled from a previous trip where we stayed at the 5 star Grand Hotel Minerva right behind the Pantheon, I spent the entire time regreting this location. It is right off a very busy, rather dirty traffic circle. The people at the hotel couldn't have been nicer, but our room was very dark (good to sleep) with a view looking out into a wall and a "stall" shower with a roving shower head and curtain which opened with the flow of the shower. Our friends had very nice bathrooms, but had windows facing the street which was quite noisy.

The Spanish Steps are a 10 minute walk and the hotel is at the bottom of the Via Veneto which reminds me of New York. The Piazza Navona/Pantheon area were just my favorite areas to hang out at night and it took a taxi ride to get there. Next time, I will spend the extra money to be in that area.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 06:59 PM
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I stayed at the wonderful Locanda Orseolo this spring,and rave about it,like everyone else does.We put ourselves in their hands for dinner reservations and they always(a one week stay) sent us somewhere special.Take advantage of their expertise while you're there.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 10:34 AM
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Another vote for simply buying your train tickets at the station when you are ready to go. Trains run often between these three major cities. That part is easy.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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Make sure to have the pizza at Ristorante La Bussola across the street from the Hotel Davanzati. We sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the nice guy making the pizzas. It's a great place to go for a simple meal of salad and pizza. It was the best pizza we had on the trip and we ate there twice.
If you are interested in a leather coat/jacket for you or your wife go see Nino Bellini in Florence. We met him while we were out walking and as it turned out he and Tomasso at the Hotel Davanzati are good friends. I wasn't up for carrying another jacket around and thought it would probably break my budget, but a family that was staying at the H.D. the same time as us bought some gorgeous items from him. They said that his prices were simply too good to turn down. That can mean different things to different people, but the jacket and coat that they bought looked VERY nice.
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