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how long for a stay?

by dvdgrdnr

hi, i'm thinking about where to go next for my holiday and i was considering Florence on a friends recommendation.
i just wondered if anyone could tell me how long is a good stay in florence? can you do it all (within reason) in a week, or is it the sort of place where you need 2 weeks.
also i'm thinking of going either aug/sep or nov, will there still be stuff to do that late in the year?
thanks

Re: how long for a stay?

by craic

we were just in Florence last November for 3 days - and it was very very cold

but we also enjoyed the fact that there were very few tourists about and we could walk around at our leisure and the q at the accademia and the uffizi was almost nothing

i think you would want to do day trips to other places round about if you were there for more than a week

though it is lovely

Re: how long for a stay?

by Tertuliaulia

Hi!
I was in Florence for three days, and I think its good.
You can see the city in one or two days (bit small) and then have day trips around. Don´t miss Siena and San Gimiggiano (all in one day trip).
I was there late August and saw a strange fenomena: during the day, the city was crouded with tourists and by night it seemed a gohst town. All tourists had disapeared! I think it tells you something about how quickly you can visit Florence!
Have a nice stay at this beautifull city!

Re: how long for a stay?

by zuriga

I think 3 or 4 days is probably enough for Florence-and maybe another up in Fiesole which is also interesting. Make some daytrips or spend another 3 or 4 days exploring Tuscany if you can. Pienza is often overlooked, but that area has very good food and some interesting sights.

I was there in early September, and it seemed ideal and not too crowded.

Re: how long for a stay?

by dnwitte

I think it depends on how keen you are on Renaissance art and architecture. If very, then two weeks would only be a beginning. If not so much, you might be happy enough with a week, including a couple of daytrips to other beautiful places in Tuscany, which has an endless supply of them.
DO NOT GO IN AUGUST!!! as this is peak holiday season for Europe, including Italy, and the place will be unbearably hot and crowded. Mid-September would be best, as it it tends to be rainy and chilly later in the autumn.

Re: how long for a stay?

by leics

Avoid August if you can (high season, hot).

If you want to visit all the art galleries/churches etc then it will take longer than 3/4 days or so. If not, then that length of time would be sufficient and you could spend the other days exploring further afield. Siena, Lucca, San Gim warrant a day each. Pisa is very near (probably a day visit by the time you've got the train in at a reasonable time, wandered, eaten, got the train back). Fiesole is only 10/15 minutes by bus from Florence, so could be an afternoon or a day if you wanted to do some walking around the area.

Everything will still be available in September: I've always visited during the Easter break, and have had no problems with access.

Re: how long for a stay?

by Limoncelo

Hi,
Of course it all depends on how thorough you want to be. 3-4 days will cover the most famous sites in the centre: uffizzi, duomo, the campanile, palazzo piti, some of the churches and markets and maybe another museum or two. If you want to take your time shopping and eating take another day. If you have two weeks I would split them between Florence and somewhere further south in Tuscany.

Rachel,
http://www.dream-vacation-in-tuscany.com

Travel Tips for Florence

Order Your Museum Tickets Before You Go

by Jmill42

If you are planning on seeing the Uffizi or any of the main museums during high season, you could be in for a long wait. There is a way to circumvent these lines, and that is by ordering your tickets online. While you still will have to wait a bit, it is FAR less than being in the normal line.

You only need to do this in the high season!! All other times of the year, there is barely a line visible at any point of the day.

Here is a link to a gallery Uffizi Ticket site:
http://www.florenceart.it/cgi-bin/book.pl?act=open&museum=uffizi

The River Arno - night and day

by henry14

Not off the beaten track obviously, but maybe spending time along the Arno doesn't figure as high on visitors lists which is a shame because there are simple unexpected pleasures to appreciate.

By night - an evening at a local trattoria is nicely rounded off by a stroll along the beautifully lit River Arno. A nice quiet stretch we walked was between Ponte Vecchio toward Via Curtatone, only passing locals also strolling and hearing the occasional strains of music from hotel terraces.

By day - there is a weir in the area of Ponte Vespucci, and below this is an area that attracts wild life e.g. ducks and herons. Be patient and you may even see river otters swimming! We saw a small family of otters swimming in and out of the ducks. Lovely way to pass an hour on a warm afternoon.

Home textile and garments

by fgfi about Lisa Corti

Lovely shops selling original creations using unusual materials and bright colors. Clothes are very simple with a slightly masculine, oriental cut. Organza and velvet bed covers, maharaja cushions, multicolours organza pillow cases, linen tablecloths with napkins, hand painted cotton and muslin fabrics, bed spreads, quilts, velvet and organza clothes, nightgowns, shirts, embroidered scarves, muslin curtains, blue ceramic vases.

Florence is about one hour far...

by xaver

Florence is about one hour far from Bologna by train, very easy to reach also from Rome.
For more information www.trenitalia.com
I should say walk as the city centre is really close to the train station, but there is so much traffic around that you'll have to pay more attention to the car's driveres then to the attractions.

Fancy something different ?

by kenyneo about Osteria Santo Spirito

Hmmm...I have tasted lots of pasta but this one is a little special ...it comes in the shape of small balls ( made of potatoes , I was told ) and its a little too creamy for me , though its really fantastic !

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