Venice 10 day itinerary

Aug 26th, 2011, 05:07 AM
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@jan47ete - looks great...will definitely have to check it out!

@bob - again, great suggestion. Google maps says around a 2 hr drive, which isn't bad at all. Hopefully no issues with renting in La Spezia and returning at Firenze.
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Aug 26th, 2011, 05:19 AM
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Dec 14th, 2011, 09:32 AM
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OK, nailing down our last couple of hotels. On 5/17 we'll be driving in from San Giamignano to Florence to drop off a rental car and take a train the following day to Venice. Any recommendation on some reasonably priced hotels near the train station and within walking distance for a (very) quick tour of some of Florence's highlights?
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Dec 14th, 2011, 09:45 AM
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Where are you returning the car in Florence? You should know precisely how you're going to reach the rental agency while avoiding the ZTL. Some people have no trouble, but others have received tickets by mail several months later.

What's your actual budget in Florence? "Reasonably priced" can mean anything.
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Dec 14th, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Probably under $200. I was looking at Hotel Casci from another forum. As far as returning the car I have no idea - probably the airport but I haven't made that reservation yet.
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Dec 14th, 2011, 11:16 AM
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That budget might be low for the Casci, but the Casci has many fans so I'd nail something down there and keep looking if necessary. I would have suggested the Hotel Alessandra or the Tourist House Ghiberti, but I think they both have a 2-night minimum stay at that time of year.
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Dec 14th, 2011, 12:12 PM
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You might look at La Signoria di Firenze B&B. I have no personal experience, but the reviews and location are very good. And I think it will be within your budget.

http://www.lasignoriadifirenze.it/en/index.php
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Dec 14th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Are you still planning on going to Vernazza? Have you heard about the floods and flood damage there? Here's a link: http://www.ricksteves.com/news/trave...rre-floods.htm

Things may be at least partly cleaned up there by the time of your visit.
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Dec 14th, 2011, 07:38 PM
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We liked the Cerretani Firenze -- strategically placed between the train station and the Duomo. May be higher than the price you've indicated, though.
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Dec 15th, 2011, 06:38 AM
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@ Mimar - I didn't hear about this...thanks for the heads up. We are staying in Vittoria rooms in Vernazza, but I'll shoot them an e-mail today to see what kind of condition they're currently in.
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Dec 16th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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After doing a good bit of reading on the Vernazza floods I'm debating crossing Cinque Terre off the list and maybe using those days in Florence - I haven't read a lot of optimism in the stories about getting the full experience pre-flood Vernazza and Monterosso would have offered. I'm open to suggestions.....
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Dec 16th, 2011, 11:58 AM
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I would drop le Cinque Terre. You will spend a whole day of your trip getting there.

Originally you described yourselves as "not museum types" so it is a puzzle why you would want to extend your time in Florence.

And while San Gimignano has the curiosity of its tall towers, there are truly dozens upon dozens of charming hilltowns throughout Tuscany that would be much easier to fit into your itinerary.

I'd like to suggest that you take a train from Venice to Siena, and stay in Siena long enough to both see that town and take a day trip to Florence. Rent your car in Siena and then either visit the Tuscan wine area south of Siena or visit the Tuscan wine area of Chianti. Stay on a farm/winery or pick a small town with reasonable parking. If you stay south of Siena, drop off your car in Chiusi and take the train back to Venice (4.5 hours). If you stay near Chianti, drop off your car in Arezzo and take a train to Venice (4 hours). Book yourself a first class ticket, bring your own wine, cheeses, etc from Tuscany, and enjoy the ride.
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Dec 16th, 2011, 12:12 PM
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PS: If you really want to see San Gimignano, when you leave Siena in your rental car, go to San Gimignano for lunch (if it's a nice day). Then after seeing San Gimignano, head to a farm around Montalcino, or stay in Montalcino. It's about an hour from Siena to San Gimignano, and 90 minutes from San Gimignano to Montalcino.

So I'm suggesting a trip like this:

5/9 - overnight travel
5/10 - arrive Venice - Hotel al Piave
5/11 - Venice - Hotel al Piave
5/12 - train to Siena (4 hours)
5/13 - Siena
5/14 - Day trip to Florence
5/15 - Pick up car in Siena, lunch in San Gimignano, sleep on farm near Montalcino
5/16 - Farm near Montalcino, explore
5/17 - Farm in Montalcino, explore
5/18 - Drive to Chiusi (lunch en route), take afternoon train to Venice (Hotel al Piave)
5/19 - depart Venice
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Dec 16th, 2011, 12:32 PM
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Here's a winery with lodgings and a restaurant near Montalcino

http://www.piombaia.com/Programma/ge...&Pagina=23.htm

This is a farm with farm animals plus a restaurant in a beautiful location just south of Siena:

http://www.agriturismobagnacci.it/

There are many others like this, in varying price ranges, and you would need to check recent reviews on Tripadvisor. Just giving you an example. Chianti is also nice, and filled with wineries with accommodations and restaurants on site, or small towns where you can stay. (And you can still have lunch in San Gimignano, which is only an hour's drive from the Chianti wine area).
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Dec 19th, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions zeppole. We have already booked 3 nights at an agriturismo in San Gimignano so we were planning to use that as our home base assuming we'd be coming to Florence from Cinque Terre and renting the car there. I agree that seeing more of Tuscany is definitely appealing to me and the long train trip was really bugging me a bit.
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Dec 20th, 2011, 05:25 AM
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Dec 21st, 2011, 11:09 AM
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OK, finally nailed down after having to reschedule the entire Cinque Terre portion.

9-May Venice overnight
10-May Arrive Venice afternoon, Hotel al Piave
11-May Venice, Hotel al Piave
12-May Venice, train to Florence, drive to Montepulciano- Osteria del Borgo
13-May Montepulciano, drive to Montalcino via Pienza -Giglio hotel
14-May Montalcino, drive to Sienna - Athena Hotel
15-May Sienna, drive to San G.-Il Casale del Cotone
16-May San Gimignano - Il Casale del Cotone
17-May drive to Florence Hotel Casci
18-May Florence - train to Venice Antony Hotel
19-May Depart Venice AM
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Dec 21st, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Nice trip, but I would have 2 hotels in Tuscany, not 4.
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Dec 21st, 2011, 11:43 AM
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We easily spent two weeks in Venice with day trips to Padua, Bassano de Grappa and a trip along the Brenta Canal.
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Dec 22nd, 2011, 07:27 AM
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I agree with Bob. You only need one base hotel in southern Tuscany. I prefer Pienza or San Quirico d'Orcia as a base because thery're easy to drive in and out of.

There are issues about driving in the historic center of Florence. Large areas are limited to locals only. A number of people have unwittingly driven in these zones (ZTLs) and received a ticket months later. Search the forum for more details.

You could pick up your rental car at Piazzale Roma on the edge of Venice and then drive from there. You could also drive the car back. See Florence as a day trip by bus or train.
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