I am going to spend 9 days in Italy starting from Rome. How many days should I spend in Rome, Florence and Venice? My friends told me to go for 2 cities only, Rome and Florence. That I should make 5 days for Rome and 4 for Florence. But I also fancy gondola ride of Venice. Will 9 days too short for all 3 cities?
9 days is very short for three cities. I spent five day in Rome last spring and barely got to see all the major sight. The vatican and vatican museum takes two days to visit. So I would visit Rome and Florence and call it a trip. You want to be able to enjoy the city and people, which is hard to do when you only have three days.
Snap! I'll be spending nine days in Italy in January after two weeks in Germany, Austria & Slovenia. Anyway I'll be spending 3 days and nights in Venice, Florence and Rome.
Everyone always says "thats not long enough. you won't see everything etc..." I spent three days in Paris last year and I didn't come close to seeing everything but that didn't stop me from having a fabulous and exciting three days.
The way I see it, you can't not go to Italy without seeing those three cities.
I can't wait till I go!
I think that neither 3 nor 5 days are enough to really 'feel' a city deeply, and to visit all the beauties and monuments and museums, not to talk about just walking around, eating in small trattorias and so forth. So, once that you are there, you can pick a few 'must' in the 3 cities and visit them. I wouldn't loose the occasion to go to Venice if you really long for a gondola tour, you'll never forget it!
I also plan to visit the same places as you Rome, Florence, Venice but will be doing it in 12days, late Dec-Jan, Rome for NYE :D
Lonely Planet guide for Western Europe (where would i be without this book???? lol) suggest a week in Italy is Florence (3), Rome (3) & Naples (1) . So guess you could squeese Venice in there, its like 2.something hours from Florence, and loose the day in Naples.
For me i live on the other side of the world so trying to see as much of Europe as i can in my three months. But thats just me lol
It is ridiculous to suggest everyone needs three days minimum to see a city. Everyone has their own preferences. In the space of a week this year I myself visited Rome, Florence and Venice for a day a piece, I had a brilliant time in each of them too! Obviously it is preferred to spend more time in one place but definately not essential. Don't miss Venice go see it!
I'd say skip Florence and concentrate on Rome and Venice. Florence is a nice city, but nothing - in my opinion - compared to Venice, which is so incredibly unique annd beautiful. I'd stick to just the two cities to make the most of your time there. There really is so much to see, and I fond that if you spread yourself too thin, your memories will be mostly of time spent on the road.
go for it, Venice is a must. reduce to 2 days your stay in florence and go to venice. you may like venice or be dissapointed, but it's really something unique that u won't see anywhere else.
beware that end December/Early January is the coldest time of the year in Italy. PROs: no risk of finding smelly water in Venice and less tourists, CONs: if it rains everything is less...beautiful.
I think 9 days could enough to have an IDEA of the 3 cities, especially of Rome, which is the bigger of the 3.
maybe 4/5 days in Rome, 2/3 days in florence and no more than 2 in Venice. The weather in dec in venice will be probably awful: rainy, cold, humid, possibly foggy. Don't expect the best from the city in this period.
If you live in europe and after your vacation you will fall in love for one of the 3 cities , you can can come back whenever you want. Obviously if you come from the other part of the world you've to try to visit as more as possible in the time you've available. But 9 days could be enough..And in any case, think that Rome is so big that most Romans don't visit all its cultural sites during their entire life.