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    onto italy is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    My daughter and I will visiting Italy the last two weeks of May. we are working on our itinerary and trying to figure out the bast places and number of days to stay in Venice, Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Amalfi Coast. We were thinking of 2 - 3 days in Rome but not sure what to do for Tuscany, Florence, and Venice. We have never been there and this is my number one bucket list to do. I have beaten cancer and will travel with my daughter so I am looking forward to this trip. How many days to you suggest in each? What special sites to see? I do know I would like to do a cooking class in Tuscany? and a wine tasting in Florence or Tuscany? Not sure how many days I should stay in each and I know it depends on what I would like to see but I am looking for suggestions. We will not have a car and will be counting on public transportation. I have been reading so much and my head is spinning. I really appreciate your help.

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    Buongiorno,

    Italy and Tuscany should be on everyone's bucket list

    Three days in Rome sounds great - and if you leave an extra day there before you fly out, it will give you a chance to take in that lovely city one more time or see something you just didn't have time to the first time around.

    As for Venice, many people do it as a day trip from Florence. There are quite a few easy trains to catch that will get you there and back in one day with time to see it all. However, if you want, then do a night there to get the full experience - be sure you understand where the hotel is, because Mestre requires you take a train to see the city. I have stayed there several times, once I opted on the island in front of San Marco (so not on the main touristy area) and it was lovely but you do have to travel back and forth.
    I would suggest that you come to Florence - at least two days to see the main attractions, beauty and culture. Then train it to Venice, stay the night.

    When you come back to Florence, you could choose to stay near the city so you take advantage of some of the great organized tours that will show you around the region, small towns and wine tours while really absorbing the beauty of the landscape.

    Have a look at these places:
    https://www.florenceaccommodation.com/villa-lysis.html
    https://www.florenceaccommodation.co...-lilliano.html
    https://www.florenceaccommodation.com/torre-a-cona.html
    https://www.florenceaccommodation.co...afaggiolo.html

    I also suggest you have a look at this article where we highlight some of our favorite organized tours to see the best of Tuscany in spring - if you are not going to have a car while you are here then these are great alternative options for getting the some quality time with the landscape of Tuscany:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/tusc...in-spring.html

    Hope this gives you a starting point,

    Buon Viaggio,
    Donna Denise

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    If you won't have a car at all while in Tuscany, then staying in Florence (city or outskirts, there are a lot of buses to move around) would be the best option since from here you can take trains and buses to do day trips (in addition to enjoying the comfort of organized tours where they get you places).

    Take a look at http://www.visitflorence.com/itinera...-florence.html

    I would recommend planning on seeing Florence for at least 2 full days, and then dedicating at least 3-5 days to seeing Tuscany, including Siena and San Gimignano, Pisa and Lucca, a tour into Chianti for wine tasting and to see the vineyards, another day to go to Arezzo or Cortona ;-).

    Very glad you have beaten the evil monster and get a chance to celebrate with your daughter, I am sure you will both have a wonderful time!
    Where to stay in Tuscany? Read this if you will have a car and this if you won't!
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    onto italy is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post
    If you won't have a car at all while in Tuscany, then staying in Florence (city or outskirts, there are a lot of buses to move around) would be the best option since from here you can take trains and buses to do day trips (in addition to enjoying the comfort of organized tours where they get you places).

    Take a look at http://www.visitflorence.com/itinera...-florence.html

    I would recommend planning on seeing Florence for at least 2 full days, and then dedicating at least 3-5 days to seeing Tuscany, including Siena and San Gimignano, Pisa and Lucca, a tour into Chianti for wine tasting and to see the vineyards, another day to go to Arezzo or Cortona ;-).

    Very glad you have beaten the evil monster and get a chance to celebrate with your daughter, I am sure you will both have a wonderful time!
    Thank you for the information and your well wishes

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