one week: rome/florence or rome/venice?

Jul 20th, 2006, 01:57 PM
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I've only been to Rome and I adored it. I'm going to Venice/Florence in October and am looking very forward to falling in love with those cities as well. When in Oct. will you be there?
 
Jul 20th, 2006, 02:34 PM
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just stay in rome the whole time...there is more than enough to suit her tastes. venice and florence are great...but rome is rome...i say day trip to florence if she isn't coming back to italy.

if it has to be two cities i would go w/ rome and florence...less time wasted for her traveling.
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Jul 20th, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Venice is amazing!! I can't imagine not including that city in a first trip to Italy. Also because it is smaller, and more compact, it is much easier dealing with than a huge city like Rome imo. It is incredible yet relaxing.
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Jul 20th, 2006, 03:22 PM
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People talk about Rome being overwhelming,but if you don't try to see the entire city in one shot,it's very manageable.You will NEVER see everything Rome has to offer,but if you're even remotely interested in Western history,art/culture,you MUST see it at least once.
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Jul 20th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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It depends on your Mother's energy level and interests. We are in our early 60's and took our first trip out of the country last year. We spent a week in Rome and a week in Florence with a day trip to Sienna and San Gim.
Is your Mother religious and interested in history? Then she might very much want to see the Vatican. The fountains in Italy are beautiful as well as the Borghese museum (get reservations before leaving the U.S.) Florence is wonderful for art, architecture, and shopping. If I were to do anything different, it would be to take a day from Rome and a day from Florence and stay a night or two in Sienna or some other hill town in Tuscany. Most everyone who has been to Venice loves it but I am not interested. Perhaps seeing the canals of Venice is what interests your Mother. In Rome, we sometimes would take the taxi in the morning and walk home. We found a reasonable, charming hotel near the Spanish Steps if you want more info.

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Jul 20th, 2006, 04:28 PM
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I'm a little confused. You say you're going to be in Italy for 12-13 days but your mom can only spend a week. So are you now also spending a week or staying after she leaves?

If you have only a week and insist on going to 2 of the 3 cities, I would urge you to do Venice and Rome via an open jaw ticket which lets you fly into one city and out another. Cost isn't that much, if any, more than roundtrip. I'm presuming you leave on a Sat (which means you arrive there on Sun) and return the following Sat, which gives you 6 nights. Venice is unlike any other city and is beautiful. Yet it's essence (which is all you have time for) can easily be captured in 2 days. Fly in there and arrive as early as possible. Walk around, have dinner, and hit the hay at a normal Venetian time to reset your internal clocks. Spend Day 2 walking around some more as that is THE thing to do in Venice. On Day 3, take an early train to Rome and spend the rest of your time there. That will give you about 3.5 days in Rome which will be enough to see and do many of the A list things. You fly out of there. Rome has it all, great museums, great food, great history, and great sights. Have fun!!
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:06 PM
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Hi,

I would suggest Rome and Florence, IMO. I've done a lot of research on Florence v. Venice for my own upcoming trip and Florence seems to win hands-down. From what I've heard, Venice is a great day-trip but once you've hung out at Saint Mark's and done a gondola ride, you're ready to go home. (Mind you, I'm sure many people will disagree -- this is just what I've heard from friends who've been to both). The one city that everyone gets a hypnotic expression when you bring it up is Florence. Friends who've been say it's their favorite city in Europe, so that's something. Venice to me just strikes me as a touristy spot, and not a place you'd want to spend 3 days in. Just my humble opinion...
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:12 PM
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<From what I've heard, Venice is a great day-trip but once you've hung out at Saint Mark's and done a gondola ride, you're ready to go home.>

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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:17 PM
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Jando, believe it or not I have friends who were born and raised in Italy who eventually ended up in the US. They took a trip back to Italy and spent one day (not even an overnight) in Venice. They to this day gripe about how terrible Venice was, it was their first time there. How do you explain to them that they really didn't "see" Venice, lol.
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:20 PM
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Like I said, just my humble opinion. Some will disagree. That is a quote from a friend of mine who actually spent 5 days in Venice and obviously didn't enjoy it much. He could be wrong but that's what he said. In contrast, I've never heard that about Florence so I would say Florence is the better bet... A survey in Conde Nast Traveller rated Florence the top city in Europe (via a traveler survey).
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:23 PM
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WOW !!! That is truly amazing.
On the other hand there are people here in Seattle that has never been up on the Space Needle,took a ferry ride, or been to Mt. Rainier.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 04:38 AM
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Alexsmith-There are lots lots lots of people who prefer Venice to Florence,including me.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 05:10 AM
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JandaO...LOL. There is certainly more to Venice than St. Mark's Square and a gondola ride....and Rome and Florence are nothing alike.

Having said that...Venice is like no other place on the planet. I think everyone should see it once as it is so unique.

It would then for me be a choice between Renaissance Florence...or Ancient Rome. Rome, "The Eternal City" is a place of ancient ruins at every turn, squares, fountains, world class museums and countless churches.
Rome would get my vote but I have to confess that my opinion is based on personal preference so it really should come down to which one really strikes your Mom's fancy.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:01 AM
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All roads lead to Rome......I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rome, but I know others who feel that way about Venice. I say, don't miss the Eternal City!
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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:19 AM
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Rome/Venice unless you are a big art lover.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:37 AM
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and you could spend a couple of lifetimes looking at art in Rome and Venice if you ARE an art lover.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:44 AM
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May I just ask, what is the point of posting opinions here if others are not going to respect them? I have a friend hwo spent 5 days in Venice and did not think Venice was much to write home about. I stated it was someone's opinion. There is no need to jump on my post. People on this site should really learn to respect other's opinions -- otherwise, how are people supposed to feel comfortable about posting their thoughts? I personally don't see how one can compare seeing Bernini's doors to a few water canals. Overall, I would say if you want to see something "pretty" you will probably prefer Venice -- but if you want to have an intellectual, artistic experience, you will prefer Florence.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 08:05 AM
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How'd this post get resurrected from May?
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Jul 21st, 2006, 09:10 AM
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alexsmith...opinions are great when they are your own...based on real experience. Opinions, based on what someone has said are dangerous because they are not even your own thoughts. Reducing a wonderful city to two trival points of interest based on what someone told you = critical reprisal.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 02:55 PM
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and Venice contains more than just a little art...
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