Old Dec 28th, 1999, 08:14 AM
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I am making a trip to Rome for 1 week in March. While I am there is it worth it to make a Day Trip to Florence? And what is the weather like in March in Florence?
Old Dec 28th, 1999, 08:46 AM
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Very worthwhile - - despite the distance - - thanks to high speed train - - only 1 hr 40 minutes. I have spent that long trying to figure out where to park a car on the outskirts of Florence, and take a bus into the center!

From www.worldclimate.com - - avg high 58, avg low 41 (both Fahrenheit); avg rainfall 2.7 inches; (low is July - 1.3, high is November 4.1)
Old Dec 29th, 1999, 06:18 PM
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Florence is an outstanding city and well worth seeing, as is Rome. Your problem is time. Not enough to do justice to Rome and then trying to throw in a train ride to Florence. The two big sites in Florence, the David at the Accademia and the Uffizi, usually have lines out front. You can book reservations on the internet, but they both take time to see and enjoy. Bottom line: With only one week you should concentrate on seeing as much of Rome as possible and not waste your time in a train. Do Florence on another trip. Weather? Who can tell?
Old Dec 30th, 1999, 09:16 PM
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Florence is a beautiful city. "The David" by Michaelangelo is worth the trip; but you have Vivoli's gelato, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, shopping, Fiesole, musuems, Robert & Elizabeth Browning's home, etc.
Old Dec 31st, 1999, 07:10 AM
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Hi Adam:

It is very much worth it to do a day trip to Florence. Just plan on what you want to see there and make advance reservations where you can. It's a small city and you can walk to all the major sites very easily.
Old Dec 31st, 1999, 07:22 AM
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I agree - it is a push to see both. But if you're not sure you will be returning to Italy, then perhaps you should attempt to squeeze it a bit and at least take a quick look at Florence (those words get stuck in my throat!! lol)
Be sure to make areservations for the Uffizzi and the Accademia in advance (and remember to take your reservation information with you - and not leave it on the kitchen table like I did!)

I admit that I prefer to stay a considerable time in the large cities - there are just so many wonderful things to do and see - but on my first trip I did the proverbial "Cook's Tour" myself.

You can't go wrong doing whatever you decide in Italy...

Old Dec 31st, 1999, 08:27 AM
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So who can tell me how to make the reservation at the Accademia and Uffizi? I just did a search and only come up with this same thread.
Old Dec 31st, 1999, 08:38 AM
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a friend and myself just got back from florence and rome. (dec 6th). i would reccomend at least 2 days in florence and the rest in rome. you cant see it all no matter what you do.
Old Dec 31st, 1999, 09:26 AM
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The following is a reprint of a previous message. FYI - just search on Uffizi, etc. and many previous postings will come up. (That's whay I did...)

Author: elaine ([email protected])
Date: 10/21/1999, 8:18 am ET

Hi Tim

Here are websites on the museum pass and on just Louvre tickets. The
museum pass site explains which sites it is good for. I've also included sites
advance museum tickets in Florence.

www.intermusees.com/ museum pass
www.ticketweb.com Louvre tickets
www.louvre.fr Louvre tickets
http://mistral.culture.fr/louvre/ The Louvre web site

www.museionline.com museums all over Italy

There is no requirement to order tickets in advance by paying a service
charge. You can call the reservation office at the Uffizi; their number is 39
(0)55-294883. They will ask you what day and time you want and will give you

a reservation number which you must have when you claim your ticket at the
museum. It doesn't cost anything extra (except of course for the phone call).
They speak English.

website for buying advance tickets to museums in Florence:
www.arca.net/db/musei/uffizi.htm Uffizi web site
www.italink.com/end/egui/hogui.htm Florence museums

If you would like my trip notes on Paris or Florence, feel free to email me.
Old Dec 31st, 1999, 06:51 PM
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If you are making Florence a day trip I would suggest skipping the Uffizi but would make DAVID a must. If you spend time in the Vatican musuem you can skip the Uffizi if you are there for only a day (IMHO). Spend time walking around and taking in the sights of the city. If you take a late train back you can save valuable "touring" time.

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