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1. Posted by tigasista (Budding Member, 26 posts) 2 Jul '08 21:00

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Hey guys

I have 2 days/nights to spend in either Florence or Siena on my way to Venice.

Which would you choose? And special things would you do?

Thanks!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru, 2398 posts) 3 Jul '08 00:23

Siena is more cumbersome regarding transportation, but I'd definitely pick that over Florence, which is tourist hell, especially this time a year. A third option you may want to look into is Padova, just south of Venice. Very beautiful as well.

3. Posted by amadei (Budding Member, 28 posts) 3 Jul '08 00:49

I would definitely choose Florence.

It will probably be packed with tourists but... Florence is Florence! The Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi... You are really walking through History with a capital H..

Siena is more charming and quiet, still more "Italian-authentic" (oh well, there's plenty of tourists there too actually), but if I should choose just one of the two cities I'd go for Florence...

About the idea of Padova... Well, yes it is nice, but nothing compared to Florence honestly...

4. Posted by daisan (Budding Member, 40 posts) 3 Jul '08 00:51

How are you travelling?
If you are by train I agree that Florence is better!!
Anyway on the road to Venice, there is also Ferrara.

If you are by car or moto you can go in a Agriturismo near Siena to taste Chianti Share.

5. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 3 Jul '08 04:02

Florence is very nice but like others have said is very touristic. It's worth going to at least once. Also if you like art etc there are good museums/ art galleries there.

I have never been to Siena but have heard that it's very nice there. I guess it depends on what you like to see and do.

6. Posted by fguedes (Budding Member, 12 posts) 3 Jul '08 04:28

FLORENCE! :)

7. Posted by gojanny (Budding Member, 7 posts) 3 Jul '08 07:54

If you travel by car you can do 1 day in each of them.
There are a few travleller thoughts I wrote about such a trip here:
Florence - gojanny.com/travelpages/Firence.html
Siena - gojanny.com/travelpages/Siena.html
There is one more beautiful place in between thouse two - gojanny.com/travelpages/sangimignano.html

8. Posted by Hineikin15 (Budding Member, 9 posts) 14 Jul '08 11:34

I am also making this same decision on where to spend two nights. Since we are on our honeymoon and want a more relaxed pace we are thinking Siena.

I noticed that someone posted transportation is difficult? Is it difficult to get to Siena via train or bus from Florence? We fly into Florence. Can anyone give me an idea of the absolute best way to get from the Florence airport to Siena?

Much appreciation...

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru, 2398 posts) 14 Jul '08 12:37

I posted that Siena, on a journey from Rome to Venice, makes for less convenient stop than Florence. Other than that, Siena can be reached from Florence fairly easily. Take a look at the Trenitalia website. I believe there also is a coach service from Florence airport directly to Siena; your airline should know, else check the airport website.

Btw if you want quiet, Siena is a better choice than Florence but still hardly a quiet town. Cortona, Pistoia, Lucca, or even Perugia, draw a lot fewer tourists, so they may be more suitable. Then again, there's less to see in those towns.

10. Posted by amadei (Budding Member, 28 posts) 15 Jul '08 00:47

Quoting bentivogli

I posted that Siena, on a journey from Rome to Venice, makes for less convenient stop than Florence. Other than that, Siena can be reached from Florence fairly easily. Take a look at the Trenitalia website. I believe there also is a coach service from Florence airport directly to Siena; your airline should know, else check the airport website.

Btw if you want quiet, Siena is a better choice than Florence but still hardly a quiet town. Cortona, Pistoia, Lucca, or even Perugia, draw a lot fewer tourists, so they may be more suitable. Then again, there's less to see in those towns.

From airport website (http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/EN/index.php) I see there's actually a direct bus service from the airport to Siena, by Train spa. Not many details about this service but maybe you can contact them by mail...

Or, as an alternative, what about renting a car? Driving through Toscana's hills and countryside is veeeeeeeeery nice, you can find amazing sceneries...

Lorenzo