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Florence or Venice?

Mani Ram
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I'm leaving to Italy for a business trip and I have a spare day there.
I'm planning to go either to Venice or to Florence on that day.
A single day is not enough to see Venice or Florence, I know, but I can't afford more than that.
Which city is better to make a one day visit - Florence or Venice?
How will be weather at these cities to get around at this time?
What are the must see places in these cities for a single day journey?
Is it better to take a guided tour or to plan the trip our self?
And I have my return flight from Forli. So, I have to return back to Forli than night.
Any suggestions?
Pradip Bhat
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Florence�s climate is Mediterranean, which means very high temperatures in summer whilst being surprisingly cold and damp in winter. The temperature is most comfortable in spring or autumn. Be sure to pack suitable clothing for the season, as the difference in weather conditions is considerable.
Vinice-Venice becomes extremely hot in July and August, but outside these months the weather is not too excessive. However, bear in mind that Venice, due to its location on the Adriatic coast, suffers from frequent thunderstorms and rain showers.
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omar khan
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Hard choice. I would say Venice as I love Venice in winter. Just check in advance if there is high tide/flood the day you go.
You can get there by train, it takes 3 hours from Forl�. The railway station is not far from the city centre.
You can check timetables here:
Italian Railways
For a day trip, I advise you not to enter any museum but enjoy the city itself.
Visit: Ponte di Rialto, Ponte dei Sospiri, Piazza San Marco, San Marco cathedral.
Do not miss a little known jewel:
palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.
Also very interesting is the "ghetto", the old jewish district with its six sinagogues.
[ December 12, 2002: Message edited by: OMAR KHAN ]
Shura Balaganov
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Florence you should be able to see in one day. A lot of walking, yes, but it is doeable. Venice is a lot better choice, in my mind, but you won't be able to see much in one day.
If you plan to come back to Italy sometime in the future, live Venice for 4-5-7 day trip, and go for Florence. Otherwise, I'd take Venice any time of year.
I don't have any pictures of Venice online, but here's a few from Florence:
[ December 12, 2002: Message edited by: Shura Balaganov ]

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Mani Ram
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Thanx for the replies. Based on your suggestions, I went to Venice instead of Florence.
Had a wonderful time there. Yes one day is not enough for Venice. But something is better than nothing!
But yesterday ACTV (Transport body of Venice) went on strike and the Vaporetti were not operating.
Walked around a lot. Legs are paining still
[ December 17, 2002: Message edited by: R Manivannan ]
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