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La Spezia, Florence, Venice

Must sees in La Spezia, Florence, and Venice????

I'm planning on spending 2-3 days in each of the above locations. 

What were your favorite places (must sees???). If you have any suggestions for great local restaurants, fun clubs, pretty beaches, please share!

5 Answers

answered by
Mario from Vicenza, Italy

Hi! I wouldn't spend too much time in La Spezia except maybe for visiting the Cinque Terre, eating/drinking (limoncello should be good there) and going to the clubs in Versilia. Try a great disco there ( It may be closed depending on when you go: winter or summer? All these discos on the seaside are seasonal. As for Florence and Venice I'll let someone else cover them. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cinque Terre (region)
  2. Versilia (attraction)
  3. Florence (city)
  4. Venice (city)
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answered first by
Polly from Washington, DC

In Venice, I'd spend one day visiting churches and museums, one day just walking around, and one day visiting Murano Island, Burano, and (maybe) Torcello Island.

The clubs in Venice are on Lido, which is also the beach island (but I wouldn't bother spending a day at the beach in Venice if you're going to Cinque Terre too). There are some bars in Campo Santa Margherita and it's fun to walk around Piazza San Marco after dark as well.

I'm assuming you're using La Spezia as a jumping-off point for Cinque Terre, which is a great place to relax for a few days. Hike in the morning, then spend the afternoon by the water.

Riomaggiore has a rocky little beach and the easiest trail to walk. Manarola is the village you see the most pictures of. Vernazza was my favorite of the villages, and has a pretty little harbor and beach. Monterosso al Mare has the most traditional beaches.

In Florence, I'd make time to see the Duomo, Piazza Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. If you are interested in art in the slightest, I'd spend a few hours at the Uffizi Gallery. Basilica of Santa Croce is a pretty neat church as well, several famous people buried are there. The Piazzale Michelangelo is a nice place for sunset views of the city.

Enjoy the food in Florence - of the three cities you're visiting, I feel like it's easiest to find a good meal here!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Venice (city)
  2. Murano Island (attraction)
  3. Burano (island)
  4. Torcello Island (island)
  5. Lido (attraction)
  6. Campo Santa Margherita (attraction)
  7. La Spezia (city)
  8. Riomaggiore (region)
  9. Manarola (attraction)
  10. Vernazza (city)
  11. Monterosso al Mare (attraction)
  12. Florence (city)
  13. Uffizi Gallery (attraction)
  14. Basilica of Santa Croce (attraction)
  15. Piazzale Michelangelo (attraction)
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answered by
Brenda from Long Beach

In Florence, the Pitti Palace and gardens (better than the Uffizi in my opinion), cross the Ponte Vecchio, climb the Duomo, and you must go inside The Baptistery of St. John.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Florence (city)
  2. Pitti Palace (hotel)
  3. Ponte Vecchio (attraction)
  4. Duomo (attraction)
  5. The Baptistery of St. John (attraction)
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answered by
mike from Coral Gables

Great answers below (above).

The train that runs thru the Cinque Terre starts in Santa Margherita Ligure and goes to La Spezia. It probably starts in Genoa. You can get from Nice to Genoa then on.

Expanding on Cinque Terre, at the north end is Santa Margarita, right next door is Portofino, a town like the Cinque Terre but completely commercialized. Around the corner, by water taxi, from Portofino is San Fruttuoso. a great little monastery in a cove with great little beachside snack bars.

In Venice the new museums by Francois Pinault, the Punta della Dogana and the Grassi Palace are great! The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is Great. Spend time in the Cannaregio and Dorsoduro neighborhoods, slightly less crowds, more reasonable food. Campo San Barnaba has lots of great restaurants near by. Get Cicchetti at Do Mori but check hours, it is closed in the middle of the day.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cinque Terre (region)
  2. Santa Margherita Ligure (city)
  3. La Spezia (city)
  4. Genoa (city)
  5. Nice (city)
  6. Cinque Terre (region)
  7. Portofino (attraction)
  8. Cinque Terre (region)
  9. Portofino (attraction)
  10. Venice (city)
  11. Punta della Dogana (attraction)
  12. Grassi Palace (attraction)
  13. Peggy Guggenheim Collection (attraction)
  14. Cannaregio (attraction)
  15. Dorsoduro (attraction)
  16. Campo San Barnaba (attraction)
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answered by
Kim from Florence

While you are in La Spezia, take the bus down to Porto Venere then you can take the ferry to Cinque Terre and stay a night in Vernazza (love!) or take the train back to La Spezia.  Hike cinque terre if you can fit it in.  You'll want a day to enjoy it but it doesn't take that long (half day) to go from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare.  Drink white wine here & eat fish!

Adore Florence as a whole.  Don't spend too much time inside museums, as this city is an outdoor museum itself!  Walk around at night & enjoy the musicians with lots of gelato.  Italians eat later, so don't go to dinner before 8pm & make reservations, if you are going during peak travel dates.  Grab a bottle of wine at one of the many wine shops and have them cork it for you and give you some cups then walk up to Piazzalle Michaelango & enjoy the view!  Fiesole is a fabulous town with a great view of Florence, but you may not have time to squeeze that in this short trip.  Eat the Bistecca alla Fiorentina somewhere!

In Venice, visit Murano Island & Burano.  Visit San Marco Square during the day and at night!  Walk around, get lost and then look at your map to find where to go next.  Enjoy!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. La Spezia (city)
  2. Porto Venere (attraction)
  3. Cinque Terre (hotel)
  4. Vernazza (city)
  5. Riomaggiore (region)
  6. Monterosso al Mare (attraction)
  7. Florence (city)
  8. Venice (city)
  9. Murano Island (attraction)
  10. Burano (island)
  11. San Marco Square (attraction)
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