Looking to once again enlist the help of TA for our trip to Italy!
Husband and I are traveling this September – staying in Siena as a base for 7 nights – and doing Florence for only one day (train to Florence in the morning, train back to Siena in evening). Need help with one-day itinerary! Of all of the days we’re trying to plan out, our day in Florence has proven most difficult. There’s just so much to do!
Is the outline below too aggressive? Note that times are for planning purposes only – we don’t want to short change anything and are open to lingering longer any place and then skipping something else, should the mood strike us.
9:00am: Arrive by train
9:30 – 10:30am: Accademia (will make reservations)
10:30am-2:30pm: We plan to make our way from the Accademia to Ponte Vecchio, essentially doing Rick Steves’ Renaissance Walk, with a stop at San Lorenzo Market and the Bargello, and throwing in lunch as well. Enough time? We aren’t planning on climbing the duomo or campanile, only because we’re heading up to Piazzale Michaelangelo later in the afternoon to take in the view.
2:30pm-4:30pm: Continue with Rick Steves’ Oltrarno Walk, probably with a stop at Pitti Gola for a glass of wine and to soak up Pitti Palace. Maybe pop into Boboli Gardens for a stroll? Enough time to do so?
4:30pm-5:00pm: Branacci Chapel (will make reservations)
5:00pm-6:30pm: Piazzale Michaelangelo & San Miniato – maybe we’ll grab a bottle of wine at some point, and stop here for a rest, a drink, and take in the view – is this allowed?
7:10pm: train back to Siena
9:00pm: Late dinner in Siena
I know we’re missing the Ufizzi, but based on what I’ve read here on TA, doing both museums (Ufizzi & Accademia) in one day doesn’t allow one to truly explore Florence and just take in the city. Plus, I think we’d really enjoy just exploring and seeing the city, rather than be in lines and museums all day.
Your thoughts, suggestions and recommendations are highly appreciated!!