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venice or not with limited travel time

Hi all - I've been reading through the forums on here and thank everyone for their contribution - I'm hoping to get just a little more advice...

I'm heading to italy in May with work and only have a small window of opportunity to travel. I'm in bergamo for work and it seems most logical to stay on the west coast making way down to rome. I am battling with myself though at the thought of missing venice.

Is it worth the 3hr train trip from milan to venice just for an overnight / 2 days there? It would also add significant travel time on return as would be heading to cinque terre and so have to go back via milan anyway.

Rough travel plan is

Bergamo 3 days

Milan 3 days (if go venice 1 day milan 2 days venice)

Venice or not

Cinque terre 2 days

Florence 1 day

Rome 2 days


Thanks in advance appreciate your thoughts!

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1. Re: venice or not with limited travel time

hi: if it was me, i would not attempt the Cinque Terre with your routes......i would try to have more quality time in Venice and most certainly Florence.

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2. Re: venice or not with limited travel time

You have 11 days listed with 5 and possibly 6 cities to visit. That's too much travel. 2 nights in a location means only one day in that location. You have 2 nights listed for the CT and Rome and just a single night listed for Florence. To me, that's a waste as you'll spend more time on the train and changing hotels than you will in exploring those cities.

I would cut out Venice and the CT. You can always come back to Italy when you have more time. With 11 days you can reasonably see 3 cities, stretching it to see 4.


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