a VirtualTourist member from New Orleans asked on Feb 2, 2017
We are planning on a trip to Rome and Florence for 7 days total. I've been to Rome and think we need 4 days to get the best experience, but that leaves 3 days for Florence. Is that enough? One of us want to see Florence above all cities in Italy (not me, I want to see Rome). Thanks!
I'd choose the 4 days in Florence and my husband would choose the 4 days in Rome. Both are spectacular and 4 days isn't enough for either so do what you think will keep everyone happiest. If you've already been to Rome once and your travel partner prefers Florence, do the 4 days there, that might make everyone happier. Whichever you choose, I'm betting you will return so it won't make that much difference in the long run.
It's a tough choice. Good luck and whatever you choose, enjoy your trip.
Thanks, I don't have to decide just yet so I will keep that in mind for 4 days in Florence this time. I loved Rome so much (I was there by myself few years ago and spent 5 days), so I wanted to show people the city as much as I can now that we are returning. :)
I think you'll be happy whatever you do. They are both fascinating cities. I would be happy with either decision. Have a good trip.
I agree with Beausoleil.
3 days for Florence isn't enough of course but neither is 4 days for Rome (as you know). So, as you have already been to Rome and the other person is desperate to see Florence, it seems to me that you should go with the 4 days in Florence option.
Do maximise your time by buying tickets online in advance for the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Pitti Palace if you intend to visit them. The Uffizi almost always has very long queues, the Accademia can have long queues and every time I've walked past the Pitti Palace the queues have been long.
If you just want to see the Boboli Gardens and not the palace itself keep walking along the road, past the main palace entrance, and after around 5 minutes you'll come to the gardens entrance (on the same side of the road). No queues there. :-)
Official site for buying online advance tickets for all three places:
If the link doesn't give you the page in English scroll to the bottom. You'll see an 'English version' link there.
I'd be spending a day in nearby Sienna which is equal to that of Florence and definitely warrants a visit
I like ruins so I enjoyed Rome when I went 6 years ago! I honestly don't know as much about Florence but I will look at your suggestions (thank you for all those!)!
I figured if we are going to Florence we want to see all the big touristy places, and then more if possible. It looks like 4 days would be a smart choice for us. We will be spending the 2nd week in the Amalfi area for a friend's wedding, which would also be nice. :)
I'm afraid you won't find any ruins in Florence. It wasn't an important Roman city and barely anything Roman is still visible (just a few bits of amphitheatre wall, I think).
Central historical Florence is Medieval period onwards. If you want to see ruins (Etruscan) you'll need to take bus 7/7x up to Fiesole:
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Bus timetable and route info:
To be honest, it's a trip well worth doing anyway and not a long bus journey. Fiesole is a very pleasant place, up in the hills with lots of greenery and good views of Florence below. :-)
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I'd also suggest that you take bus 12 or 13 (or walk) up to Piazza Michelangelo, firstly for views of the city (it's a popular spot for watching the sunset) but also to visit the ancient church of San Miniato al Monte. If you get there around 5.30pm you'll hear the monks doing the evening prayers around the tomb of S Miniato....in Gregorian plainsong, just as they have done on the same spot for over 1000 years. It is a hugely atmospheric experience.
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