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Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

Sydney, Australia
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Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

We the family of four are visiting Europe in July. From Geneva we wish to cover above cities in 7 nights starting from 19 July to 26 July. Plan to spend 3 nights in Venice and 4 nights in Rome with Florence and Pisa covered in a day from Rome.Is that feasible? Or what else would you suggest. Have already booked return air tickets for 26 Jul from Rome. Intend to travel by Railway from Geneva onward.

Looking for accommodation in Venice, Venice center/island is expensive. Considering Hotel Plaza opposite Mestre railway station. Is it workable to commute between Mestre and Lucia for 3 days? Will be reaching Mestre at 8:40PM. Is it safe to take a walk with family from station to the hotel at that time of the day?

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1. Re: Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

You cannot reasonably see both Florence and Pisa on a day trip from Rome. The fast trains between Rome and Florence take only 90 minutes each way, but the trains between Florence and Pisa are slow local services, taking an hour each way.

If you want to visit Venice, stay in Venice. Part of the joy of staying in Venice is strolling around the streets in the evening after the cruise passengers and day trippers have gone home. Recent posts suggest that the area around Mestre station is not the best place to be at night.

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2. Re: Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

Yes, it's perfectly safe. The area is well-lighted and well-patrolled. The Hotel Plaza is directly across the street from the Mestre train station

Train ticket from Mestre to Venice is €1.25.

Mestre to Venice by Train:

europeforvisitors.com/venice/mestre/mestre-t…

Consider buying a Tourist Travel Card ACTV, which entitles you to unlimited use of the waterbuses (vaporetti) serving Venice and the islands of the lagoon, and to unlimited use of ACTV Mestre land bus and tram service to and from Venice and in Mestre itself—and land buses on Lido. (A trip on a vaporetto without the card would cost you €7.50.)

ACTV Tourist Travel Cards, which can be purchased either on line, at the airport, in Mestre, or in Venice, are a tremendous bargain that will pay for themselves many times over during your visit to Venice. The link below will provide information about cost and card selection, regardless of where you plan to make your purchase.

http://bit.ly/2lM96j5

The Rolling Venice discount card is for young people between 6 and 29 years of age.

www.veneziaunica.it/en/content/rolling-venice

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3. Re: Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

Also, rather than back tracking with a day trip from Rome, visit Florence for the day by taking an early train from Venice, leaving your bags in the luggage office, and take a late afternoon train to Rome.

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4. Re: Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

A few suggestions to make it a better and easier vacation.

Spend the extra money and stay in Venice, not Mestre. You would basically be staying in an industrial town. Venice is so beautiful in the evening when the day tourists have left and you have the whole place to few people. Even the sounds are totally peaceful at night compared to daytime. Venice daytime is a zoo, evenings it's paradise with the moon and stars shimmering on the lagoon and canals and you can hear the people talking and you can listen to the dueling orchestras in Piasa San Marco.

As to Florence, as per above take an early train from Venice and store your luggage at the station, Florence core is small and a 10 minute walk from the station, also a good place to buy souvenirs at the market.

Pre buy your train tickets so that you do not have to deal with the crowds and lineup.

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5. Re: Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

The walk between the Mestre train station and the Plaza hotel is safe enough with due diligence, since it is a very short distance, but I definitely would not wander outside the hotel looking for someplace to eat, but rather would have the hotel order a taxi to take you to central Mestre (and then take a taxi back after dinner), or just eat in the hotel itself (never tried the Plaza restaurant, so no idea what the quality level is). If you do end up staying outside Venice, be also very careful on the public transport, bus or train as it may be, to protect against pickpockets which take advantage of crowded situations (particularly the n°2 bus which serves the area of the Plaza hotel from Piazzale Roma), particularly in the morning and evening when it can get VERY overcrowded.

I would agree with the others that if you want to visit Venice, stay in Venice, not near the Mestre train station, as with some research, the savings become minimal and the inconvenience and quaity of stay notably more so. Even arriving to Venice at 8:50 there are much fewer safety concerns getting to your hotel, and then being able to wander to a restaurant near the hotel, wherever you might find it.

As to the travel plans in general, I would go a step further than oedipamaas41 and suggest you spend at least a night in Florence (two nights, if you are really set on seeing Pisa) on the way between Venice and Rome, rather than backtracking for a day-trip (much less both in one day, you'll see practically nothing at all of Florence).

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6. Re: Itinerary for Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome

Let me recommend a wonderful place to eat in Mestre that I think your family would like—Osteria Plip (Via San Dona 195/C), one of the most remarkable restaurants in the Veneto. The seasonal menu is extensive, with numerous vegetarian selections, and very reasonably priced.

http://bit.ly/2fPfwMu

http://bit.ly/2pnGorq

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