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Old 12-10-2007, 11:58 PM   #21
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If I had only a week, and Rome was the required entry and exit point, I think I would skip Florence this time and spend half the week in Venice. Take the fast train in between. Venice is spectacular and unique. Florence would be my third stop if there were more time.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:36 AM   #22
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If I had only a week, and Rome was the required entry and exit point, I think I would skip Florence this time and spend half the week in Venice. Take the fast train in between. Venice is spectacular and unique. Florence would be my third stop if there were more time.
We spent two days in Venice in 2003 and that was more than enough time. After a while, it all looks the same We had a much better time in Dubrovnik, Croatia. If I had to choose between Italy and Croatia, I'd go with Croatia...much more affordable and Dubrovnik is absolutely beautiful.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:29 PM   #23
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DW and I lived in Italy all of 2006, here is my advice: Rome is at least 2-3 days in itself. Florence is wonderful and can possibly be done in one rushed day or more likely two.

Always call ahead for reservations to the most popular museums and art galleries (The Last Supper has a waiting list most of the time) Venice is nice but as one other person posted it can be done in one day.

All these cities are tourist traps so I would not recommend buying souvenirs in the cities, find smaller, out of the way towns to stop in and get your souvenirs.

Lastly, Italy is best enjoyed slowly. Don't try to rush through too much in a week. Pick one or two cities and take your time. Find the small out of the way places and restaurants, they are the best Italy has to offer.

Some of our favorite places were little known: Casole d'Elsa; Lago di Como; Montepulciano; Lago Di Garda; Siena; Cinque Terre.
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:48 AM   #24
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We periodically get brochures from Perillo tours. They specialize in tour packages to Italy. Over the last few years the price has jumped significantly. No surprise with Exchange rates and the cost of oil (fuel).

When we go to Italy, we will go without a tour package. I have been there several times and DW has been there once. But.. back in our younger days.

I really enjoy visiting Italy... but those exchange rates need to come down a little.
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Thanks all! Your links and suggestions have been great.
On the Frommer's site I found out that there will be an Artisan Chocolate Fair in Florence when I am there. Yum!
I also got some good walking tours of Rome.
If I read the train maps correctly, I should be able to take the train through the hills passing / stopping in Siena on the way to Florence, and a train along the coast on the way back to Rome.
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Just got back from my trip. Had a great time. 4 days Rome, 2 1/2 days Florence, 1/2 day Pisa.
Most of the trip was individual walking tours...no lines at the museums...did a small group tour (5 of us) to the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel...took the train between cities.
Most of the 'tour groups' I came across were from Asia and the EU. Very few Americans visiting.
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