Notices

Florence and Venice Itenirary advice

Old May 13th, 2004, 08:57 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 184
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Florence and Venice Itenirary advice

How does this sound? Too much? Not enough? Any advice?

Florence:
Hotel - Tourist House Ghiberti
Arrive at night
Day #1:
Accademia (8:30AM reservation), Mercato Centrale, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, look around Piazza San Lorenzo a little, lunch near the Duomo, Synogogue tour, Ufizi (4:30 reservation), Ponte Veccio after the museum, for sunset

Day #2:
Pitti Palace+Boboli gardens, Bargello Museum, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza Veccio, and hopefully make it to the Santa Maria Novella Profuma

Day #3: travel to Venice, arriving at 11:30 AM
hotel - Ca' Amadi
Day #3 afternoon:
Vaporetto #1 ride down the Grand Canal, Carnivale Mask store in Dorsoduro, Costume and Textile Museum in Santa Croce (Scuola Grande di San Rocco if we have time), Ghetto Tour (Casa d'Oro if we have time)

Day #4:
Secret Itineraries Tour/Doge's palace, San Marco, Library and/or Museo Correr if we have time, lunch, Murano/Burano tour
chanad is offline  
Old May 14th, 2004, 06:02 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,114
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sounds good to me. Just be sure to leave time to sit in a cafe and enjoy some vino in Florence, as well as just get lost wandering the alleys and bridges of Venice. Have a great trip!
Statia is offline  
Old May 14th, 2004, 07:14 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 662
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Also make sure to leave time for gelato breaks in Florence.

In Venice, if you want to see Burano, I would opt to pair it with Torcello instead of Murano (just my opinion) and would skip the Correr/Library time to use toward your lagoon island journey. There are a couple of good seafood restaurants on Burano and much less of the crowds.

In Florence, I like watching the sun set and lights come on in the city from outside San Minato al Monte. Try to arrive early to see the frescos and to hear the daily chants in the church's basement at 4:30 p.m. Another sight I would add if you can part with 30-45 minutes (at least) from your schedule is San Marco to see the Fra Angelico frescos and the cells where Savonarola lived. It doesn't take too long to tour the facilities. The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (the Duomo Museum), is very interesting and contains many of the original pieces from the Duomo and Baptistry.

Have a wonderful trip!
Chicago_Heather is offline  
Old May 14th, 2004, 10:23 AM
  #4  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,678
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi chanad,

Nice itinerary, probably too much to fit it all in.

In Florence, try to get up to Fiesole (no. 7 bus from the train station) to have an aperitif and watch the sun go down over the city from the terrace of the Bar Bleu.
ira is offline  
Old May 14th, 2004, 10:43 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 4,464
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
chanad:

Just a couple of commments:

- Santa Maria Novella Profuma is a MUST
- Try to climb or, if time is short, get a taxi to, Piazzale Michelangelo for a spectacular view of Florence
- I far preferred above to the Boboli gardens, which I found interesting, but not spectacular (and I love gardens)
- The Bargello is wonderful, but if this is your first visit to Florence, I would skip it in favour of just wandering around Florence, which is my favorite thing to do

regards Ger
-
OReilly is offline  
Old May 14th, 2004, 10:45 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 715
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you take the 10:30 English-speaking Secret Itinery tour, I would suggest seeing San Marco Basilica before the tour. There are usually less people early in the day which makes the visit all that more enjoyable. Also very worthwhile, is the Golden Altar behind the main altar--outstanding.

If you do get to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, I would also recommend the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari which is just around the corner.

Most people get lost in Venice, many on purpose and many like us--who just get lost. But it was so enjoyable and interesting that we didn't mind not getting to a few of our intended sights.

Have fun in that mask shop!
Lorac1127 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
cadd
Europe
12
Sep 30th, 2015 08:07 AM
Giftnurse
Europe
24
Mar 22nd, 2009 07:06 PM
S4842
Europe
10
Apr 28th, 2005 07:54 AM
travelingirl1986
Europe
13
Aug 26th, 2003 09:47 AM
Jennifer
Europe
7
Jul 8th, 2002 07:58 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO