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Florence or Lake Como

by Kristin2000

We are going to Northern Italy in October. We will be staying one week in lovely Sondrio. We have 5 more days to spend after that. We can't decide whether to go to Florence or Lake Como. We were thinking of staying in Varenna on Lake Como and spending the days hiking and taking ferries to explore the other towns on the lake. We both love to hike and explore. The scenery must be breathtaking. BUT, I fear that we might be passing up the opportunity of a lifetime by not going to Florence. We are also both art lovers!!! Will Lake Como be too quiet around Oct 15? Is Florence hectic and is it really too late to get tickets to the Uffizi (spelling?). And finally, is there a huge cost diffence between Como & Florence...

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by nomad7890

I would personally split time between Lake Como and Florence although it will be just a tad rushed. You could choose a few things to do in each place and arrive with your expectations set to do the chosen activities.

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by leics

I would visit both too.

I've visited Florence in October. It's a busy place, of course, with visitors all through the year (and plenty of overseas students) but 'hectic'? No.

I doubt there's much difference in price between the two places. Both are very popular with visitors and prices will refelect this.

www.venere.com is by far the best site to use when searching for Italian accommodation. It is reliable and has honest guest reviews (and is used by many VT-ers).

You can easily book tickets.......even if you didn't book you could just queue up and get in. Many VT-ers use www.tickitaly.com

www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html will give you train times and fares in English (I assume you will be travelling between the two by train).

You will regret not visiting Florence, I think.

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by craic

i went so nuts in the uffizzi (spelling) husband was afraid for my sanity

the primitive botticellis (so like dear cate blanchette)

closest i have got to syndromo di stendahl

mind you - not been to lake como yet

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by azz8206

5 days might be cutting it a little close between these 2 destinations but it can be done. You said you love hiking and there is lots to explore on the lake. Maybe do 3 days on the lake and 2 days in Florence. As you said you are an art lover then definetely don't pass up your chance to go to Florence. Happy travels.

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by nomad7890

If you decide on both places or otherwise end up in Varenna, try a meal at Alberco Olivedo (I have a tip on my pages) - owner Laura will make sure lakeside meal is memorable. Awesome place right by the dock in Varenna. Restaurant is part of the hotel, but could stand on its own!

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by Kristin2000

Thanks for all those quick replies and tips! We just might do both...
I'm still open to ideas and opinions.

Re: Florence or Lake Como

by clareabee

I have visitedboth and was incredibly disappointed - my problem is a compare everywhere to Florence. I love florence and have never been to such an amazing place - even 5 days there you will only scratch the surface and being honest trying to do both in 5 days is too much to do either place justice.

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Re: Florence or Lake Como

by clareabee

I have visited both and was incredibly disappointed with Lake Como- my problem is a compare everywhere to Florence. I love florence and have never been to such an amazing place - even 5 days there you will only scratch the surface and being honest trying to do both in 5 days is too much to do either place justice.

Cx

Travel Tips for Florence

Piazza della Repubblica

by croisbeauty

Originally, it was the site of the Forum, the heart of Florence in the Roman period of the town. Later, in the medieval times aswell, when the Mercato Vecchio was established here, conserving the mercantile vocation of the old Roman site. Today, it is Piazza della Reppublica, the biggest open space in the old core of the town, known also as Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, which was the former name of the square.

Dress

by keeweechic

Italians generally are well dressed. Men are not requested to wear jackets or ties usually unless for formal occasions or upmarket restaurants and hotels. Formal dress is usually reserved for those who wish to wear it to the opera.

Dress codes rules to visit churches are fairly strict. Arms and shoulders of women should be covered and a shall will suffice. Shorts are definitely out for both women and men.

How to Get a Deal

by cpiers47 about Mercato Centrale

Leather jackets, colorful scarves, and stationery are all staples at this market. So, when you're low on cash, or ideas, but still have gifts and souveniers to buy, spend a couple hours browsing through the many stalls in San Lorenzo. Leather jackets, colorful scarves, and stationery are all staples at this market. So, when you're low on cash, or ideas, but still have gifts and souveniers to buy, spend a couple hours browsing through the many stalls in San Lorenzo.

To get the BEST deals, make sure that you take the side street. It runs in front of Mercato Centrale (the food market) and prices are sometimes much lower, although the options are fewer. There is room for bargaining. . . English is the language of choice. . .and what you pay depends on how good you are at bargaining, or if you're willing to do it at all.

Places around florence to see

by Satish_atteri

As soon as you reach florence, decide the number of days you are here and buy a ataf bus tickets (biglette) which you can get in any ciggarette/book shops (tabacchi).

From Florence, you can reach majority of places via trains and buses. You can you go to PISA, an hour journey from here. Convenient is train appx 6 euros. Best time to go this place is second half of the day.

Winter season - Abetone, a hill station which is near by florence. This is just 1.5 hours journey. Only way to reach is Bus. (Check out the timings and book the tickets up and down) Here get in wrinch to get a beautiful view. You can do skeeing and have fun.

Summer - Varriggio, a sea shore.

Chinqueteri - This is a five islands, you get a beautiful scenaries and a good place to see.

Simple Elegance

by rstary about Boccanegra

A simple, yet elegant place to dine. The food was good but not extremely memorable, as I am writing this two months after my visit.

I remember the soft lighting which would make it an inviting restaurant for a romantic evening.

This restaurant was suggested by the front desk person at our hotel.

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