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Advise on Florence and surrounding areas

We have three days in and around Florence. On day one we are planning on visting the Uffizi galeery in the morning (made reservations for 10:00am and the Academia at 3:00 Pm. I am not sure if there will be any time between these two engamments. If we do any suggestions as to what we should do. Similarly after visting the Academia ( how much time should be budget for this ?)any suggestions on what we can do?
On day 2 we are travelling to Pisa for a day trip. On day 3 I am deciding if we should travel to Sienna or visit other sites in Florence. The catch is we need to catch a train to Vencie in the evening around 4:15Pm. Is going to Sienna and back to Florence by 4:00 Pm feasible? Does it make sense to visit Sienna or spend the time in Florence. We have 2 kids ages 8 and 11. Another question, is there a train that we can catch from Sienna to Venice instead of coming back to Florence ?

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You should see the Santa Croce Church, where Galileo and Michelangelo are entombed. Maybe the Bargello Museum or the Medici Chapel. Also, the San Lorenzo Street Market and Mercato Centrale (Mercato vendors start closing down around noon). There is also the Duomo and Baptistry. Or just stroll the Ponte Vecchio and surrounding area.

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You can definitely go to Siena and get back to Florence by 4pm. I did that on my first trip there. But, with only 3 days, you might be better-served to just stay in Florence. So much to see and do there and 3 days is barely even enough to start. Trust me, you will want to go back, you can see Siena and more of small-town Tuscany the next time :) that said, Siena is great and IMO about 6 hours was enough for me to feel satisfied, so if you want to see it, it's possible. You can also play it by ear. If you feel like you need more time in Florence, just stay. If you want to take the day trip to Siena, you can just decide that morning or the night before. I'd originally planned 2 daytrips out of 5 days in Florence. I did go to Siena but I decided to forgo the trip I was contemplating to Pisa and Lucca.... did that one a couple years later on my return trip ;)