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    Default Florence or Forte dei Marmi?

    my husband and i will be in italy in september. we have no interest in the beach but people tell me we should stay in forte dei marmi over florence. i am most definitely interested in art, history and architecture. do you think we should stay in forte dei marmi and take a day trip to florence as was suggested to us? whats in forte dei marmi? all i can tell from the internet is that its all about the beach and resorts - thats not for us. we want to see the sights that can be found only in ITALY!!

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    Then you most definitely need to stay in Florence!!

    Forte dei Marmi is for beach - it is a resort town and will still be alive in September but height of activity is in August.

    How many days will you have total? Staying anywhere else in Italy at that time? That way we can recommend whether to do day trips or stay in Florence ;-)
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    Hi Lourdes,

    Thank you for your response.

    We will be visiting Italy for 6 nights, I hope, at the end of September. We are in the stone business and will need to spend two days at the Verona Fair. We love the Cortine Palace Hotel in Sirmione and might stay there unless you can recommend anything else nearby Verona that compares. As you know, we are very interested in seeing the art, history and architecture of Italy and since neither my husband nor I have been to Florence, we most definitely would like to see it. We have been told Forte dei Marmi is a place we should go, but we have no interest in the beach > is there any stone industry there that we need to see?

    We have been to Rome before. I am considering flying into Milan, doing two nights in Sirmione, two nights in Florence, and two nights in Rome, and flying out of Rome. Is that crazy or is it do able?

    We will have a car.

    Thanks so much! Your insight is invaluable.

    Angela

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    Buongiorno,

    Lourdes is absolutely right about staying in Florence. Forte dei Marmi is a charming city but it is defiitely for those who are looking more for a beach holiday and not a tour of the marvelous monuments and museums in Florence.

    If you want to see what you can do in two days in Florence, have a look at this special itinerary:
    http://www.visitflorence.com/itinera...-florence.html

    Two days will definitely give you a great opportunity to visit the highlights! And if you have time you could try to add a trip to see one of these two fun theater shows in English:
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/blog/...reasures-3179/
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/blog/...-minutes-3202/

    Buon Viaggio,
    Donna Denise

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    Hi Donna,

    Thanks so much for your insight. The Florence 2 day itinerary is great! We are visiting Italy because we will be attending the stone show in Verona. I was hoping to do 2 days/nights in Verona, 2 days/nights in Florence, and 2 days/nights in Rome. But the way the flights run 6 nights would give us only 5 full days and I dont think there will be enough time to stay in 3 places unless we add a night to our stay giving us two full days in each place. Would that be enough time for a quick stay in each or crazy?

    Angela

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    Ciao Angela,

    Sirmione isn't that far from Verona and that 5 star hotel is really nice. Since you will have the car, it shouldn't be more than 40 min away -- I would stay closer to or in Verona itslelf if your time will be limited though so that you can save on travel time and traffic/tolls.

    Take a look at these in Verona:
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/book/...dtforum-verona
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/book/...dtforum-verona
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/book/...dtforum-verona

    I am thinking you were suggested Forte dei Marmi only because of its closer proximity to Carrara and for its marble. Are you interested in going there for that reason? Otherwise, it doesn't make sense to base yourself on the coast if you're more interested in Florence.

    There are several places in Tuscany known for their stone/marble - for example, you'll see the Duomo in Florence covered in the white marble from Carrara, the green marble from Prato and the pinkish marble from near Siena. Then there is also Volterra, known for their alabaster.

    You'll need more than 2 nights in Florence if you are interested in visiting these areas in Tuscany!! 2 nights in each place is really the minimum you should do, otherwise you will be very rushed. If you can't get a flight with another night, cut time in Rome.
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    P.S. the marble quarries are generally not open to the public, but Carrara is particularly open to offering tours. Take a look at this one: http://www.partner.viator.com/en/835...e/d519-5919P26
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    Hi Lourdes,

    Thanks for all your help. I think we have our itinerary lined up. We just cant fit rome in. Based on when the stone show takes place in verona, we will begin with 3 nights in Florence (husband wants to stay out side of florence in a villa, I want to stay in florence since that is where we want to be and there is much to do in florence - agree?), then two nights in Sirmione (we have done lake garda twice while at the verona show - were good!), then two nights in Milan with a show at la scala!! Good?

    Thanks Again!!
    Angela

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    You can stay in a villa just outside of Florence and then come in - something like this http://www.florenceaccommodation.com...a-medicea.html - particularly if you do have a car, although you will have to worry about coming in to Florence and finding parking.

    If you stay in Florence, then it would be best to stay in the center and at that point it is better to NOT have a car as the center of Florence is a limited traffic zone where only those with permit can go in to... and you won't have one. You won't need a car in Florence as everything is walking distance, you can pick up the car rental as you leave the city to head north.

    For more ideas of accommodation, take a look at http://www.florenceaccommodation.com/ and for more info on Florence, make sure to look around all the areas on http://www.visitflorence.com
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    Thumbs up Dear Angela

    Dear Angela, you and your better half should stay in Florence as many days as possible. There are many reasons for that. Florence has a legendary artistic heritage, has large numbers of art-filled churches, such as San Miniato al Monte and San Lorenzo. I can't list all the pros ;D Anyway, you can look at this www.visitflorence.com Maybe it will help you. Have a nice trip!

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