I'm excited about our upcoming trip to Italy. We're going to be staying in Rome, however, we decided to take a day trip to Florence during our visit. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on the following itinerary. We're interested in visiting the following while we're there:
Piazza Della Republica (heard that this is a good place for lunch)
Leather Shopping (i.e. Santa Croce Leather School, David Cerasi, Oro Due)
A couple of quick questions on the above. Firstly, would this be too much to do in one day? For the museums, we would likely take a more abridged tour of an hour or two and see the main highlights. Additionally, I understand that we'd need to buy timed tickets in advance for Accademia and Uffizi...what about Bapistry/Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio? Do these require advanced/timed tickets as well...and for all of the above are there still long lines even if I were to buy advanced tickets?
Finally...what time should I aim for my train to arrive in Florence and depart in order to maximize our time there? And if anyone can give any other recommendations or ideas to make the day trip fun and worthwhile, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help!