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We are planning our honeymoon to Italy in late April / early May. So far we plan to fly into Rome and spend 3 nights, then spend 1 night in Florance before starting a 7 night bike trip throughout Tuscany. The bike trip ends in Florance and we have four nights left in our trip before we fly out of Milan. I really like the sounds of Cinque Terre and Venice but I don't think we will have time to fit both in. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to spend the last four nights of our trip?
From Florence is not difficoult to get to Cinque Terre, have a couple of nights in Liguria before going to Milan enjoy your trip
btw you coild go to Cinque Terre also biking ilt will be not more hilly than Tuscany
Go to Venice........fast train from Florence, then fast train from Venice to Milan. Venice is.........amazing, So differemt to other parts of Italy, and VERY romantic. You will love it.
Well, depending on what time of day your bike trip ends in Florence, you could have 4 nights but just a little over 3 days left before flying home. And I'm not sure what time of day you'll arrive in Florence the day before your bike trip begins?
Florence is a wonderful city that deserves some time: lots to see and do there! You might consider resting up after your bike trip by doing some sightseeing in the city over a couple of days, and taking one day to explore the CT: leaving early morning and returning in the later evening.
As you're bikers, I'm guessing you have a love of outdoor activities so a day hiking around the CT villages would probably be something you'd enjoy?
You have several choices really:
I'd spend the time in Florence and take one of the days for a train trip to Lucca. You should be ready to relax a little before returning to reality. Then you can start planning a future trip to include Venice.
Enjoy your trip.
You may be Tuscaned out after 7 days riding around, but a couple of days in Florence and then Venice would be a good way to provide for four nights. Or, do a couple of days in Venice, then a couple on Lake Como, either Lecco or Bellagio. It is easy to take the train to Lake Como from Venice, and then from Lake Como to Milan. I would not down play Milan. We found it very enjoyable. Karl
Since you're asking for votes, I would spend another night in Florence, then go up the road to Venice and find a hotel in the islands (i.e., real Venice, not the mainland), spend each day hand-in-hand just walking slowly, and spend each evening eating and drinking just a little too much and wandering the calli (streets) late at night. It's the end of your honeymoon, and you need to remember why you're in Italy.
Note: I don't know what time of day you are flying out of Milan (Malpensa, I assume?) - you may have to go to Milan the day before and spend the night there...
I would also spend more time getting to know Florence--it's simply amazing and beautiful, plus you'll be going at the perfect time of year when it's warm and the throngs of tourists haven't arrived yet. Venice and Cinque Terre are definitely a once-in-a-lifetime sees, but I would also consider Verona, which is just as romantic. It's a small little town with a lovely center. If you're going up to Venice, I would suggest spending a night in Verona--it will save you a little money on your hotel (http://www.prontohotel.com/ita/verona/) and it will let you see the town of Romeo & Juliet.