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Old Aug 10th, 2001, 05:45 PM
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Christy
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Venice or Cinque Terre?

Decisions, decisions. Too many destinations, not enough time. Planing to spend time in Montepulciano/Siena and Florence. Trying to decide between CT and Venice for our third stop. Any thoughts?
 
Old Aug 10th, 2001, 05:58 PM
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Tough call, Christy. Venice is a great town to walk about & take in some art.

The CT are beautiful but not standard beach towns, exactly. Will you want to hike them?

Do you have a car, or are you traveling by train?

And how many days will you be spending on this third stop?
BC
 
Old Aug 10th, 2001, 06:19 PM
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Christy - whenever we find ourselves faced with a choice like this, we ask: of the two, which will be easier to visit should we not return for many years, i.e. when we are older? or: which would be easier to visit in conjunction with another trip?

We opted for the CT, telling ourselves that we can more easily visit Venice in conjunction with a trip to Austria. Or, if we don't come back for many years, Venice, being a major city, will be easier to visit (it has an airport, for example.)
 
Old Aug 10th, 2001, 06:26 PM
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Fast response! Thanks guys.

Book chick -- we would definitely hike and we have two days. We have a car for earlier in the week, but I was thinking that to get to either from Florence, it might be easier (and faster?) to take the train.
 
Old Aug 10th, 2001, 06:30 PM
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Christy,
Based on your updated info & the very good & practical suggestion Sue made, I think you should do the CT. You will definitely enjoy!
BC
 
Old Aug 10th, 2001, 06:36 PM
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Sue's suggestion IS very wise. With so many things that we would like to see in Italy, I'm sure that we'll be back.
 
Old Aug 10th, 2001, 10:09 PM
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Christy:

What time of year will you be in Italy? That may impact your choice.

Also, the CT towns are small & offer natual beauty & some nice hikes. It's a very different experience than Venice.

Travel options: it's actually easier to get to Venice from Florence on the train than it is to go to Cinque Terre from Florence. There's a EuroStar (ES) that runs between Florence-Venice. Whereas, getting to the CT requires at least one, possibly 2 train changes. Total travel time is about same for both --- just under 3 hours.

Can't answer on feasibility of keeping your rental car & driving to either place.
 
Old Aug 11th, 2001, 07:10 AM
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Lisa
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Venice !!!! Venice!!!! Venice!!!!!
 
Old Aug 11th, 2001, 08:10 AM
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Hello Christy,
I'm with Lisa, having been to both, I'd choose Venice.
A.M.
 
Old Aug 11th, 2001, 06:43 PM
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Hi Christy:
I agree with Sue.
 

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