Florence or Venice

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1. Posted by grampsgirl (Budding Member 311 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey just a questions -- i only have 3 days to visit one of these places. Ill be in pisa for a day before i move to the next place -- would it be better to go to florence or Venice?? I will be there the 28th 29th and 30th of November?? any advice would be great

Thanks in advanced


2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5671 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Venice, definately.
Florence is not bad at all, but it's a city for culture freaks and a little bit boring.
Venice on the other hand is beautiful and more diverse: culture, the canals, just walking around back streets avoiding crowds.
Don't drink something on San Marco square....

3. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member 28 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

oh boy what a choice!
well seeing as its november its going to be cold in both places, but venice will probably have far more rain, really cold rain too. Technically you could do 2 days in florence, the sights are close together in the middle of town so you could easily do the duomo, accademia and uffizi in 2 days, leaving one day for venice, which is all that really needs as well. but if you want 3 days in one place then IMO pick florence. having been in venice in the freezing cold and wet it had its charms but thy wore off pretty quick. and honestly, pisa needs only 2 hours, not a whole day. once youve seen the tower and been inside the cathedral its done. the shopping is far better in florence as well.
i agree wth utrecht, if you do end up in venice buy AWAY from piazza san marco, €6 for a capucchino when normally it is €1.60.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello baby girl
I would choose Venice. It is the most unusual.

5. Posted by jbmr (Budding Member 21 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Both places are great. Venice is my favourite but Florence is much closer from Pisa so it may be a wiser option. In the same area Sienna is also a very nice town. In my opinion it is even nicer than Florence even if there are less things to visit. Why not 2 days in Florence and 1 day in Sienna. It will also be an opportunity to cross the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
By the way do you really want to go to Pisa? It is nice and the tower is fun to see but in my opinion Florence, Sienna or Venice are much more beautiful.

6. Posted by grampsgirl (Budding Member 311 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jbmr

By the way do you really want to go to Pisa?

well when i told my grandpa i was going over to europe i asked him what he would like a picture of, and he told me the leaning tower, so i figured i could do that for him.

7. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi! I didn't like Florence that much. But everybody looks at me like if I'm really weird when I say that. I'd defintly choose Venice. But I think in three days you could split between the two. And you don't need more than three hours to take a picture holding the Pisa tower, so you can get some more time to visit other places. I don't know if they're included in your itinerary, but I loved Siena and Luca.

Have a nice trip.


8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, that's a toughie. :)

Venice is further away from Pisa, so you will lose more time travelling there. (just a practical issues). Florence is only 2-3 hrs from Pisa.

That aside, Florence is an abolsutely amazing city and I loved every minute there, but it can be intense..and with just 3 days it might be hard to know where to start. It's all about ART! If you are a museum or church lover then you'll not regret going there.
Lots of great places to eat and the shopping is pretty good too!

Venice, on the other hand, is fun! A spectacle and worth a visit by everybody once in their life, I think. It;s full of little winding curious streets and laneways. Great to get lost in. Usually crawling with tourists, but that's Venice! Food is great! Shopping leans more towards the souvenir end of things, but there are some great little gems of stores tucked away in the alleyways!
St. Mark's Sq. is beautiful and a ride out to the islands on the water-taxis is great. 3 days in Venice and you can cover most of it, I think. One bad thing: VENICE STINKS!

Florence is a different type of experience altogether, but equally great. I mean, DAVID is there in all his glory, and he's worth a visit by everyone once in their life as well. ;)

Dont know what to tell you really, but hope the info helps you to make a better decision.


9. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

To me, this is a simple choice - id go for Venice every time. Florence is ok, but mostly aimed at arty people. There is loads to see in Venice and you can just wander around and take it all in. Its worth the journey in my books.

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Venice, Venice, Venice. Hands down. Florence is beautiful, but Venice is out of this world.