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Old 11-16-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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Hello, I am in Florence right now, and just found out that there is going to be a strike tomorrow - all state museums will be closed due to the strike.

While disappointed, I am glad I got to see the Uffizi and the Accademia already...on my way to visit one more museum before they all close tonight.

My question: since my planned Florence museum visits are not going to happen tomorrow as planned, I think it makes sense to do a day trip somewhere. I might even be able to do two half-day trips to small towns. What do you all recommend?

I'm thinking of the following possibilities:

Venice - only two hours each way by train. I don't really have a great desire to see Venice, so a day trip seems like a good option. Worried about transportation though; don't have a lot of time to learn how to get around (walking, boats, etc.)

Piza

Siena

Lucca (or Piza/Lucca)

Bologna - seems like a bigger town (I prefer bigger towns to smaller towns, surprisingly), and is only 37 minutes by train. But I don't know if there is anything worthwhile to see there

Milan - not sure if I could get in to see the Last Supper, though, and I'm not sure that there is much else to see there.

Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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Strikes don't always last the full 24 hours so you could luck out but you won't know until it's happening - trial and error.

IMO Venice will be too much of a pain for a last minute, first time day trip.

Milan - you won't be able to see the last supper. Those tickets are few and far between and reserved well in advance.

I'd skip Pisa because the strike is nationwide and what you'd want to see there might be affected by the strike.

Personally, I'd do the Rick Steves stroll through Oltrarno (or just meander on your own) - or take the bus up to Fiesole like someone else mentioned on your other Italy thread.

Hope you're having fun and will be able to post a trip report when you're back!

ETA: The churches should still be open and many have fabulous art in situ. Have you seen the duomo yet? Maybe walk those 400 or so steps!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Venice is absolutely magical and may be disappearing. You can catch a boat to St Marks Square right from the train station. From there you can just walk around until it's time to go back. That would be my first choice from all the others mentioned. It's like no other city on earth.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Is St. Mark's flooded now? I thought I saw that on the news ...

... nope. I just found a live webcam. It's not flooded now.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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There's a small town above Florence- Fiesole- you could get there by bus, see the Roman ruins, have lunch. In Italy, make it a LONG lunch.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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Cinque Terre!
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:26 AM
 
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Well, it looks like the strike might be a transport strike, either instead of the state workers or in addition to the state workers. So I probably will not be able to go on a day trip after all.

I will ask people at my hotel what is going on and will venture out on my own to see whether I can go to some museums in Florence or whether I can catch a train or bus somewhere. Looks like it will be an interesting day
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