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post #91 of 190
I would say that Venice is certainly worth a visit during the off peak period. Go and have lunch or dinner at the Locanda Cipriani.
post #92 of 190
When you are staying in Florence for a few days you should try to visit Lucca and/or the Versilia region.

Viareggio is a nice city, but especially Forte dei Marmi and Marina di Pietrasanta / Pietrasanta are worth a visit. Pietrasanta has a lot of famous painters and artists who have their workshops there. It is said that Michelangelo went to Pietrasanta to pick out the marble for his David. There are also some very good restaurants in Pietrasanta.

Forte dei Marmi offers good shops and nice scenery.
post #93 of 190
Forte dei Marmi is a nice Italian beach town but with all the posh shops Gucci etc

The photo shows the beach covered in shades, as all that section of the coast is, with the Carrara marble quarries in the background.

Lucca is a lovely town with an historic centre still behind fortifications

Piazza del Anfiteatro Romano

I fear with your short timescale both will be difficult to fit in.
post #94 of 190
Forte dei Marmi is indubitably a nice place, but it's also full of Russians of questionable tastes these days.
post #95 of 190
I spent a week in Vicchio (little town in Tuscany), and only ended up going into Florence proper three times for probably a total of a day and a half. I would have liked more time there, but that whole region is so lovely and there was so much I wanted to see.

I have to put in another vote for Lucca. We only spent an afternoon there - wasted the morning going to Pisa. I say wasted because my travelling companion and I both found it to be anticlimatic and too tourist-y. Lucca was absolutely lovely. I also suggest San Gimignano in Siena. And a drive through the chianti region if you can swing it.

I think starting in Rome makes sense, as although I've never been there I'd think it would take more energy to see everything there, and that the feel of Tuscany would be a bit more relaxing and a good second-half of a trip.

If you find yourself on the east side of the country Ravenna is a great stop - it's tiny, but there is some ridiculous mosaic work there if that's something you'd find interesting.
post #96 of 190
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Forte dei Marmi is indubitably a nice place, but it's also full of Russians of questionable tastes these days.

Im going there in a few weeks. My last visit was two years ago and I didn't really notice a lot off Russians. Will check it out.

Also the San Giminiano advice is a good tip. Be sure to check out Volterra also, it's only 30 km's apart.
post #97 of 190
How's the weather in Rome around Thanksgiving? Average high temp of 60 and low of 45 seem like great sightseeing weather. Does it rain a lot in November?
post #98 of 190
You can also add this in your list if you want to try the dam tour, its really amazing. Good luck in your trip!hoover dam tours
post #99 of 190
Bill,

I just got back from Roma, Tuscany (stayed in a villa near Cortona), Firenze, Maranello. It was AWESOME. Have a great time.
post #100 of 190
Maranello... hmm.....
post #101 of 190
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Maranello... hmm.....

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You can also add this in your list if you want to try the dam tour, its really amazing. Good luck in your trip!hoover dam tours
Better is the Wet Beaver Creek. The Dry Beaver Creek is no so good.
post #103 of 190
Spent 9 days in Italy, did not enjoy Rome as much as Tuscany. We stayed in a villa between Loro Ciuffenna and Castelfranco. Wonderful time would like to see the other parts of Italy.
post #104 of 190
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How's the weather in Rome around Thanksgiving? Average high temp of 60 and low of 45 seem like great sightseeing weather. Does it rain a lot in November?

this is obviously old, but when somebody revives it in a few months/years ... 60 and 45 seem high, I was there the entire thanksgiving week of '08. Certainly felt colder. And it rained maybe 30% of the time. But I didn't mind one bit.
post #105 of 190
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