We have 17 days for Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Rome. Venice is first and loving the atmosphere and that we love to roam/walk, plus jetlag, wondering about 3 vs 4 nights in Venice? What do you think?
Louise, we were just in Sonora. Had dinner at Banny's.
You should be just fine with 3 days and 4 nights in Venice. Depending on when your 3 days begins, you might even get a chance to go to Murano.
For your next leg, you have the choice of the CT or Florence. It looks like Florence if I'm reading your message correctly. This is also fine as just over half of the trains that go to the CT from Venice change trains in Florence. The train journey from the CT to Rome is also not bad as the train goes down the western coastline and then turns in towards Rome. Or, if you want to see Tuscany and many of the hill towns, you'll need to return via Florence and then jump on a 100-min Eurostar to Rome.
Thanks so much for the info - especially on the train travel. Big help!
After spending 2 full days and 3 nights in Venice, we wish we would have added at least one more full day. If you go to the islands (we did San Michele, Murano, Burano), you can plan to pretty much exhaust a day since you love to roam/walk. You'll have the evening, but may miss out on some of the entry times for museums once you're back in Venice. So if the islands are in your plans, assume just about a full day. You'll have no problem filling time exploring and getting lost in Venice. My vote is for 4 nights with an early departure that last morning.
Thanks Steve~ that realy helps as we did plan on at least two of the islands.
The tipping point is Murano. If you decide to continue on for Burano (and Torcello), then you've committed to a much longer trip. San Michelle and Murano are close to Venice. Burano (lace) is much further. It's very quaint, and a pounding rain prohibited us from enjoying in fully, however we probably should have limited ourselves at Murano to have more time around Venice. The half-day we spent at La Biennale (which didn't scratch the surface of the art to be seen) also took a lot of one day.
If you go to Murano, stock up on wine bottle toppers! We brought home 6, and should have doubled that. They make the greatest gifts!!!
Thanks so much for the gift idea on wine stoppers - that's such a great tip!
A friend told me before my trip that she wished she had gotten more. So we figured out 5 people that we were going to give them to, and added one 'just in case'. We should have added 5 or 6 more. They range in price for 10 - 20 Euros each. They're not cheap after the exchange rate, but they make such a great gift.