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1. Posted by colsen (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

We have 8 days in Italy (December 26 - January 4) Three days will be spent in Rome. We have 5 days to divide between Venice and Florence. Which city would be better to spend more time in?

2. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y

I would stay in Florence and take a day trip into Venice. Venice is very compact so you can see all the main sites in a day.

3. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 7y

Both are interesting and lovely cities, and personally I would at least split it 3 days Florence, 2 days Venice.

While Venice is relatively compact and walkable (excluding the outlying islands such as Murano and Burano) - actually, it is a strictly pedestrianised city - the short wintry days mean you will have less daylight time to explore and the chill means you will not want to stay walking outside all day either. Plus you're bound to get lost at one point or another in Venice. Therefore if you're only giving yourself a day to visit Venice, you could feel rather rushed. Check on the weather before you leave too. If high water is predicted, then it's going to be difficult to explore the city (wet and cold is not most people's idea of a good holiday) so you may want to cut back on time spent in Venice, or visit an alternative city such as Bologna.

There are much to see and do in Florence, and it is a good base for many wonderful day trips in the Tuscan region should you want an alternative to spending time in Venice. Not only Bologna is close by, other places to consider include Pisa, Lucca, Siena etc.

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Much the same as what the other posts have suggested. More time in Florence than Venice.
As historical as Venice is, Florence is far more intriguing and much cleaner. Venice is filthy and stinks, even in the winter. Good that you're going out of the hot summer months, when it smells just like an overflowing sewer on the very hot days.

5. Posted by Tanianol (Inactive 13 posts) 7y

Just went to Venice last week...it's freezing! I can't imagine how cold it will be in December. Also, whatever you do, do not stay at a one star hotel. Just don't do it.

I would stay in Florence, but visit outlying areas that are only an hour away. You have Pisa, Lucca, Siena, etc. If not, just make sure to climb the Duomo.

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7. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

I agree with the other posters who say you should visit both Florence AND Venice. I stayed at a very affordable, very nice hotel on Murano and purchased a vaparetto pass to get around. The hotel is Locanda Conterie and I think we paid about 46 Euros per night for a double. http://www.locandaconterie.com/?PAGINA=8&LINGUA=en

And do make time to visit Lucca!

8. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 7y

for me florence is the best spot on Italy ( I havent seen south but saw the rest of the country). Venice is interesting, romantic and touristic in anyways. but as I said before florence is one of the most inspiring places on earth. You have the see that.

9. Posted by colsen (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Thanks everyone. I think we will definately spend more time in Florence. We are considering maybe not even doing Venice and just concentrating on Rome and Florence. Though, if it's worth the extra travelling for a day or two in Venice I would do it. What do you all think...skip Venice or not?

10. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y

Venice is so unique I think it's worth the detour. If you know you'll be back to Italy I suppose you could save it for later but if this may be your only trip, I say go.