a VirtualTourist member from London asked on Oct 10, 2002
Hello Friends! Yesterday me and my enthusiatic aunt have booked for a 3 days and 2 nights trip for Central part of Italy. It is as following: 14.10.02: Lugano - Florenc - Pisa - Florenc. 15.10.02: Florenc - San Marino - Florenc. 16.10.02: Florenc - Bologna - Milano -Lugano. I am here to know if any VTers can take out time to meet n tell me more about Italy, Italian food, culture and tradtions, in those days and at any of these places. Please do let me know if there is a festival coming upo or a VT Meeting there. Your suggesstions and advises are more than welcome. Take Care and Best Wishes ;-) Umer- =============================================================================
You picked a good time of year to visit, I think. When I was there in mid-September I was surprised at how busy it was. Remind me to NEVER go in July and August! I understand the attraction of Pisa. Curiousity got the better of us and we had a look before catching our plane. What a hateful, ugly town. It was too busy go inside the duomo or baptistery, maybe you'll have better luck (and more money!). The tower is open to climb for 15 euros each and even on the busy day we visited there were spaces available if you were prepared to wait a couple hours. I hear wonderful things about Lucca, just a few miles from Pisa, supposed to be a hidden gem! How are you getting about? My concern is that roads and trains are slow because of the terrain. We were surprised at how long it took to get around. Bear in mind it gets dark early, too. I sure you have your reasons for the cities you've picked, I'm just wondering if you might prefer to visit smaller towns closer to Florence. You won't spend so much time getting around and you'll have a better chance to fully experience what each town has to offer. Siena comes to mind as being far more manageable than Bologna or Milan. Whatever you do, have a good trip, Umer!
Hi Urner, to get more of the cities I would suggest you change your travel plans to 14.10. Lugano - Pisa - Florence you can take the autostrada milano -genova - pisa it has beautiful views of the coast. I also think that Pisa is quite an ugly city and you don't need more than an hour or two for the main attractions at piazza dei miracoli. Then you can drive on to Florence. Day two I would spend only on Florence the city is so full of attractions that you normally need at least 3 or 4 days to see the most important ones. On your way back to Lugano I would also decide either to go to Bologna or Milano and not do both. Unless you want to drive in stop at the main square hop into the car and go on to the next city. Buon viaggio! Silke