Hands down, Ithaca. There's really no comparison. :)
I think Geneva is more authentic but Ithaca is far more interesting.
Ithaca is an anomaly in the Finger Lakes and Upstate NY as it is far more "left-leaning" (progressive) than the rest of the region.
In Ithaca, The Commons is the primary walking area for shopping and restaurants. The Cayuga Waterfront Trail provides lakeside walking but I recommend visiting the beautiful nearby state parks instead.
again, thank you
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