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Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

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Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

My wife and I are planning on traveling from Venice to Florence on the 1st. I have already booked our Airbnb in Florence starting on the 1st.. I didn’t realize it was a holiday. Are we going to have any problems traveling and finding a place to eat, or is it just the attractions that close?

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1. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

Trains run every day of the year. On a public holiday, people will be out and looking for a meal, so restaurants will be open and busy.

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2. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

I can testify from personal experience of phone calls made directly to them asking this very question that several highly recommended restaurants in Florence are either shut completely, or only open for lunch on this upcoming May 1st. I'm sure they will be in the numerical minority though.

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3. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

sydneynick:

I think you're off the mark a bit on this.

Of course there will be trains, but there will be far fewer than there usually are.

Many restaurants and shops will be closed.

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4. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

There actually are a lot of trains but I would book as soon as possible to avoid high costs.

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5. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

On public holidays, trains usually run to the Sunday timetable. But, in any case, there will be trains running.

I just had a look on Trenitalia. On 1 May there are at least two trains each hour.

Edited: 20 April 2018, 15:16
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6. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

The problem isn't so much a lack of trains. Those trains will fill up. If you don't mind sitting in the most expensive seats no problem. If the OP doesn't want to risk paying walk up prices for the most expensive seats book now. Now BTW is already late.

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7. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

Well, currently I can see some trains for €29.90 instead of the full price of €51. But I agree that it is best now to avoid paying a high price or finding that trains are sold out.

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8. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

Thank you for the advice. I will go ahead and book those tickets.

For those who have made the trip before, were you happy to go midday?

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9. Re: Traveling from Venice to Florence May 1st

It's a short ride. If you leave noon from Florence you will make lunch in Venice.

Personally I'd rather leave earlier to avoid lounging around Florence waiting to leave but you have to think about check in times in Venice. Of course you can usually drop your bag at the hotel.

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