Hello. My husband and I will be in Florence Fri late afternoon through Sun mid-afternoon 4/01-03 this year and need some help organizing our itinerary. Our train from Rome is scheduled to arrive in Florence at 3pm on Friday and our flight to Berlin leaves at 3:50 on Sunday. We want to see as much as possible, and want to at least visit the Academia and Uffizi Museums briefly. I know that many people recommend Academia for 30 min-1 hr, and Uffizi for at least 2-3 hrs, and as we'll be visiting tons of museums on this trip (Rome, Florence, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona) and don't want to spend the entire trip in museums, we're trying to spread them out a bit. This is what we've come up with so far. I want to book the museums asap to make sure we get the times we want and have 1 less thing to worry about, but am struggling with the times/days. If anyone has any input, please share!! We're staying at the Pitti Palace hotel on that side of the Arno so figured we'd save the Pitti Palace for our last day to stay near home.
Fri late afternoon:
cab from train station to hotel (it's too far to walk with 2 suitcases each right?)
check in/drop luggage
walk through town to Academia - reservations at 5:30?? (that gives us a little over an hour, I figure it's late enough that if our train's late, we'll still make it. Another option is Sat morning, but I'd rather not do a museum in the morning with the tour groups, and want to spread out the museums...)
walk through town - do any of Saturdays activities before/after Academia if open and time
dinner around that area (suggestions?)
Cappelle Medici (tombs)
Piazza San Giovanni - lunch around there
Uffizi reservations at 2:30 ??
San Miniato al Monte and/or Piazzale Michelangelo to watch sunset (anyone know what time we should get here by to catch this in April - I was thinking by 5:30, any chance the monks are chanting around then??)
Dinner around there or Pitti Palace area near our hotel (suggestions?)
Santa Croce (we'll do this on day 1 or 2 if possible - I know it's a must! Not sure if we can explore Sunday morning, should we plan on after 12 if not?)
Boboli Gardens if time
Cab to airport around 2 (am I timing that right? we've only ever taken trains from county to country in Europe - do we need more time than that for a 3:50 flight??)
Thank you all in advance for your help - I really appreciate any and all input!