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Help! Can't decide on a trip to Andaluzia or Rome

Help! Can't decide on a trip to Andaluzia or Rome

Aug 13th, 2012, 10:18 AM
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Help! Can't decide on a trip to Andaluzia or Rome

I am going to Europe in October, and I have a week off in mid October. I am flying from Hannover and would like to go to either Seville or Rome. The problem is that I CANT DECIDE!! Here is the scenario:

Rome: I have been there many times, but I love it so much that I would be on Cloud Nine if I go back.Last time I was there was six months ago. I can speak Italian, and it's just an awesome city to explore, visit, immerse, live, etc.

Seville: I have never been there before. My knowledge of Spain is Madrid and Barcelona, but I would like to see something new. Andaluzia has always intrigued me, and I have always wanted to see Mudejar art. It would also be nice to go to Granada and Cordoba while I am there (Never been to those places before either).


I would like sunny October days, countless things to do and see, have good food, and just simply be enchanted by the awesome art there. I love museums, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modernism. Let me know which city you would recommend.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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If you want to experience something new and different, then you should seriously consider Sevilla (Granada and Cordoba) over Rome.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 11:29 AM
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I've flown the open jaw to Seville, back out of Madrid.

Rented a car and spent s few days there, and then went to the white village self tour. Very pretty.

http://www.roughguides.com/website/t...potLightID=485

We stopped in this town for lunch, and found this restaurant inside the town bullring.

http://www.restauranteplazadetoros.c...esentation.php
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Aug 13th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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I say go someplace new (and this is from a person who LOVES Rome too!). We just spent a week in Andalucia in March and loved it! We flew into Granada and out of Seville. Did 2 nights Granada, two nights Cordoba and 4 nights Seville. Here is a link to my trip report:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-le-pigeon.cfm
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Aug 13th, 2012, 05:59 PM
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Another vote for Seville, Cordoba, and Granada!
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Aug 13th, 2012, 06:56 PM
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I don't think you'll lose either way!

One think you might consider is whether your vacation would include Columbus Day in Spain. As I recall, it's a major holiday. Many things were closed that day and traveling at the start and end of that long weekend was very busy, with many people taking trains or buses to get to/from wherever.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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I'm a fanatic about Italy, but also love Spain, especially Andalucia, so I say Spain for a week.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Broad and updated info about wonderful Sevilla: http://www.exploreseville.com/

Great suggestions of tapas bars/restaurants by district. Azahar is a local and knows what she's talking about: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/#

Don't visit only the beautiful Santa Cruz district where most of the obvious sights are. Arenal, Triana and the area north of Santa Cruz up to the Macarena area has a in my mind more to offer and a more local feel.

Apart from all the "normal" sights in Sevilla, I will suggest you go and see the Hospital de la Caridad in the Arenal district, just west of Santa Cruz. It might give you the ultimate Sevilla experience. The 17th century repenting founder Miguel Mañara was - according to himself - "the most evil man that ever lived". All the paintings he commisioned from some of the most famous golden-age arists for the hospital and it's adjoining church dealt with the theme of death and redemption. The hospital, the church, the paintings and Mañara's grave are all in Calle Temprado, 3.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/seville/sights/411842
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Aug 18th, 2012, 11:00 AM
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SEVILLA!
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