What are the huge highlights you don't want to miss in Rome? Amalfi? Florence?

What are the huge highlights you don't want to miss in Rome? Amalfi? Florence? Topic: Siena research
July 18, 2019 / By Finola
Question: omg I want to see all of Italy, I love Italian food and my boyfriend's heritage is from Sicily...we're thinking of maybe going to check that out too but we only have 2 weeks&beside's I hear the northern part is ncer but the southern part is great too...is there anything good,pretty and fun on the eastern part?..eeeek..too much to see&do, I know I'm going to cry when we have to leave....have always wanted to experience Italian food the fresh&real way! yum...real manicotti here I come! : )
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Cyndi Cyndi | 2 days ago
Know the feeling about wanting to see all of italy I'd reccomend going to some smaller towns as well as the bigger cities and more obvious tourist destinations - for a more relaxed ambiance and to get a better sense of Italian life...(and as the bigger cities can be pretty chaotic and stressful in the heat of the summer) Some I would recommend, with historic buildings and beautiful locations, would include, in the north: Bergamo (on the edge of the Alps), Verona (home of Juliet & Romeo, Roman arena used as venue for opera in the summer), maybe also Brescia (roman remains, lovely 8th century circular church too) or Pavia (medieval university town), in the north-east Udine and Cividale del Friuli (both very elegant, refined, relaxed, towns),.... then in Tuscany....where to start? Pisa and Siena are obvious places (and there is so much art to see in Florence) - - - although I am less fond of the food in Tuscany than elsewhere, it's a little too "simple" (tripe and white beans....) And Umbrian hill towns: have so far only seen Assisi (out of this world....expect to see francisian monks playing football up the side of churches), Spello, and, most wonderful of all, Orvieto.... Rome is indescribable. So is Naples and the coastline thereabouts... And Venice...well, where to begin? Basically - my advice would be - - - do lots of research on the web and from good guidebooks (of whatever kind) before you go - - there's so much to appreciate. And have fun
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Cyndi Originally Answered: How many days should I stay in florence? How many in Rome?
I would spend three days in Florence and four in Rome. One of the major reasons is that you'll spend more time in queues in Rome! Florence: - Duomo - Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) - Uffizi Gallery (reservation required see www.firenzemusei.it - inside you'll find Botticelli's Birth of Venus, da Vinci's The Adoration of the Magi, etc) - Santa Croce (basilica) - Galleria dell'Academia (reservations required see www.firenzemusei.it - inside is Michaelangelo's David) - Optional day-trip to Pisa to see The Leaning Tower Rome - Roman Forum - Colliseum - Vatican and St. Peters (with the Sistine Chapel) - Spanish Steps - Trevi Fountain - Pantheon - Trastevere (on Sunday morning, clothes market) - Catacombs The link below is to my favorite travel site, there is TONS of first-hand info about Italy, including suggested hotels, restaurants and attractions, and lots of photos.
Cyndi Originally Answered: How many days should I stay in florence? How many in Rome?
I just got back from Italy. I spent four days in Rome and three in Florence. If I had to do it again I would reverse the time. As a few of my fellow travelers have said Rome is much bigger and more difficult to get around but that is the reason to only spend three days. You can not possible "see" everything Rome has to offer in three OR four days. St. Peters and the Vactican Museums are a solid day and the coliseum and the forum are another day. If you want to shop or have a little down time there is another good part of a day. I would just plan on returning some day and work on things you missed this time. I made the mistake of trying to do too much and was just worn out by the end of the stay. I really like Florence. It is smaller and easy to get around on foot. There is so much to see in the city if you really want to spend time seeing some of the greatest art in the world. With four days you can make a serious dent in the collection and still enjoy some shopping. I would also suggest a half-day trip to Piza. It takes an hour to get there and the trains run about every thirty minutes. If I remember right it was about 10 Euros RT. Reserve your climb to the top of the bell tower in advance. Also the walk to the tower from the train station is a pretty good distance. The bus (#1 if I remember right) drops you off on the back side of the site. I really think Rome has to be done in stages. Florence is do-able in 4 days. PS I would also suggest a taxi ride (15 euros) to Michaelangelo Piazza on a hill across the Arno. It is a beautiful view of Florence and if you get lucky and have some nice clouds, a breath-taking sunset.

Bibi Bibi
Alright first, slow down. I went to Italy last March and you are going to make this a completly miserable, exhausting trip if you try to do all this. I did a similar thing 2 nights Venice, 3 nights Florence, 4 nights Rome. I have to say I didn't love Rome, I found it like NYC but with older buildings. I definitely prefer Florence. As for your trip you will probably arrive late, especially if you are flying Alitalia. By the time you get to your hotel you won't be able to see much. Don't worry, just travel down an alley and have a great dinner off the canal. You can see Venice in one day by foot. It's really small, like most Italian cities. Pisa is a waste of time unless you really want to see that leaning building in person. There is nothing else to do there. The designer outlets aren't what you think either. Went once and it was a waste of time. Just like the outlets in NY. Getting a really good deal is luck of the draw. Be careful with your train schedule changing. The trains are really on time and really booked full. If you have scheduled your tickets ahead of time you're all set. If you decide at the last minute to change them you might not be seated together. Also, if you haven't already, upgrade to the Eurostar it's like an express train. If you aren't wine buffs skip the countryside ride unless you love bland scenery. In March nothing is in bloom.
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Ailey Ailey
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Ailey Originally Answered: Italy Itinerary.more time in Florence or Rome?
Whatever you choose to do, you'll just be able to scratch the surface of Florence and Rome in your time there. Given the relative sizes of the two cities, the obvious answer would be to spend the extra day in Rome. Florence is relatively compact and easy to get around, but there is so much there that you won't be able to get into many of the galleries, palazzos, museums, etc if you're spending a day driving around the countryside. Personally, I would spend the extra day in Florence and see the Uffizi, the galleries in Palazzo Pitti, the interior of Santa Croce, the Orsanmichele, San Miniato al Monte and the view from Piazza Michelangelo but that only reflects my personal interests. With your schedule, you'll want to make a reservation for the Vatican Museums so you don't end up spending a lot of time waiting in lines. This is also the case if you intend to go in the Uffizi or the Accademia to see David. Note that Easter occurs near the end of March this year. Italy will be crowded, especially Rome. Easter is a heavy travel period. There are extra trains added to the schedule, but some trains that normally do not require reservations do require mandatory reservations in the weeks on either side of Easter. This is particularly true of the Intercity trains.

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