I'm planning a trip to Italy in the last week of August. I want to visit Venice and Florence, with perhaps a little side-trip to San Gimignano. I'm also planning on booking a tour with the 500 Touring Club.
I'll be arriving on the 21st of August at the Milano Malpensa Airport. The flight is scheduled to arrive at 12.50 pm and I'll be going directly to Venice. By my calculations I won't be arriving in Venice before 6 pm so most of the first day will be wasted travelling.
My return flight is scheduled to leave at 6 pm on the 29th (also at Malpensa), which means most of that day will also be wasted travelling.
I'll be in Italy for a total of 8 nights, but I'm having a hard time deciding how many nights to spend in Venice and how many nights to spend in Florence. At the moment I'm thinking that perhaps spending 4 nights in each city would be my best option, but I'd like to get some input from people who've already visited those two cities.
I like to visit the typical tourist attractions, like monuments and museums, but I also like to stroll around, get off the beaten track and lose myself in the city.