8 days in Italy
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2013 4:07 PM Last Post By: Dilhan
Oct 17, 2012 2:46 AM
15Thnaks for your helpful comments. In that case, I strongly consider staying three days in Venice, three days in Florence and four days in Rome. I really would like to travel Umbria region especially Perugia and Assisi but I consider these cities some other time. Actually, I ( not the others in the group) stayed fifteen days in Florence two years ago and during that stay I also visited Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa. I may leave the group in Florence and do day trips one or two Tuscany towns because I am most interested in landscape of this region.
clementis_fur_cap ,, what are your favourite non-tourist places in Venice and your favourite museums in Florence? lucapal, do you think there may be long lines in front of Uffizi in February? There is an art teacher in the group and she really wants to enter the museum.
Oct 17, 2012 5:25 AM
Oct 17, 2012 11:09 AM
17Here is the last decision about the trip.
Since I spend more time on the road than actually seeing anything, I will spend three days in Venice and Florence and four days in Rome. Considering short hours and cold days in February, I'll travel by train between the major destinations but after Florence I may rent a car to stop one or two small towns in Tuscany. I'll book the museum and train tickets online.
Thank you guys :)
Oct 18, 2012 12:26 AM
Oct 18, 2012 11:47 AM
19what are your favourite non-tourist places in Venice and your favourite museums in Florence?
In Venice, northern Cannaregio (the area between The Ghetto and Fondemente Nouva, say) and most areas on the side of Piazza San Marco opposite from the train station, esp. the Arsenale.
In Florence, The Bargello and The Museo Dell' Opera Della Duomo.
As previously noted, 10 days is still brisk. Choose wisely and be well informed of your many options. No one's "top 10" list in Rome coincides exactly with any guidebook's "top 10" list.
Oct 18, 2012 3:26 PM
20Maybe this is meant to be a joke.
Dilhan, try removing your actual travel time, hotel check-in/check-out, eating, sleeping and everything else that is not actually seeing/doing things IN PLACES and see how much you have left.
I'd say out of your 10 days you will actually spend about 4 maybe 5 seeing/doing anything. The rest of the time you will simply spend moving, sleeping and eating. This isn't a trip it's a race.
Arrival day and departure day are always pretty much a write-off. That's you down to 8 days. Every time you move from A to B that day is mostly a write-off. You plan to pack and move 3 times. So that's another 3 days written off and leaves 5 days actually IN places assuming you don't as you say drive away from the place for the day. Does it sound like best use of time to lose 5 days out of 10 to you?
People costantly ignore lost time when they plan. Two days in a place is in fact only ever 1 day in the place and one day going or coming somewhere. The two commonest mistakes travellers make are packing too much and trying to see too much in too little time.
Oct 18, 2012 7:09 PM
Oct 18, 2012 10:47 PM
22The Bargello,as mentioned by Craig above.
Almost anywhere else in the world it would probably be the #1 tourist attraction in town.
I doubt more than 1 in 100 tourists go there on their first trip to Florence......
Oct 19, 2012 12:40 PM
23Travelinstyle49, as MTL said I have already changed my plan thanks to patient posters and their helpful comments. Since I don't want to take your time, I have been doing search (doing my homework actually) on the internet to find tourist and non-tourist areas (local restaurants, flea markets, theme musems etc). After completing my homework, I'll consult with you if you don't mind. Besides, I started to learn Italian because I think it is nice to communicate people with their own language ( a few words or simple sentences at least). By the way, "wow" for the pieces in Bargello museum and I'll certainly visit there.
Tons of thanks guys...
Oct 19, 2012 1:32 PM
24Real homework is going to take the form of a guidebook. Or two or three. Don't worry, they'll pay for themselves in time, money and energy saved (and value for your money).
"wow" for the pieces in Bargello
Ohhhh yeah. Wow also for the quality face-time you'll be able to spend with any given artwork without being jostled. Except maybe by a group of school kids on a field trip.
Don't even get me started on Donatello's David. It's the saddest "farewell to childhood" in Western art. Among other things.
Your appreciation of The Bargello means that you'll probably want to visit the Museo Borghese in Rome, too. Reservations absolutely required.
Oh hey, please note that The Bargello opens up crazy early--8:15 or so. You can practically have the place to yourself. But it also has crazy days when it's closed (every other Wednesday or something?), so double check their official opening hours.
Oct 19, 2012 1:53 PM
25I've tried travelling like this, Dilhan, and I have to say I find it incredibly exhausting. I got kind of tired just reading your post. I count 7 places you'd like to see in 10 days. Imo, Italy is a place to be savoured. I would cut out half of what you're trying to do.
Best of luck and have fun!
edited to add: Oops! I didn't see this second page. Your revised plan sounds much more do-able, Dilhan. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
Edited by: snow_girl
Oct 21, 2012 3:59 PM
26Many years ago I visited the Borghese when it happened to be undergoing some renovations. It was actually closed for renovations but I managed to talk my way in anyway.
I was relatively young and foolish back then but I stood and looked at Canova's Pauline Borghese for far longer than I would have thought any 'statue' would interest me. No, it wasn't her chest I was staring at. LOL
A curator found me and asked how I had got in. I didn't want to get the guard in trouble and said I found the door open. I then asked about the 'statue' I was enthralled by and the curator ended up giving me a personal tour of most of the gallery.
Oct 21, 2012 7:22 PM
27Good story, travel. I had the same reaction to Bernini's Apollo and Daphne at the Borghese. Bad set up now, though. You have to reserve a time, which is fine, but then you have to be out at the end of two hours, regardless of what you've seen. It means that everyone is in the coatroom at the same time--everyone leaving and everyone coming in for the next time slot. Royally stupid way to run a museum, imo.
Oct 22, 2012 9:38 AM
28I hope I'll have some good stories in Italy like yours, travel :) not stories about waiting in the line for hours and not entering the museum. Thanks for the warning snow-girl.
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