Paris or Rome?

Old Jul 16th, 2009, 02:09 PM
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Just flip a coins and choose the winner, both cities are beautiful..
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Old Jul 16th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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_.Coin_
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Old Jul 16th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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Rome - it may be warmer there in January.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 12:07 AM
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So you love cheese & wine and people watching, right? Then I'd vote for Rome. Definitely rome. You'll have the pasta as an extra bonus. As it will be your first time - walking down Via della Stamperia until Fontana di Trevi is visible - will take your breath away. Then find a seat at the restaurant on the corner of the same Via della Stamperia. And Italian wine always beats French wine, hands down
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 12:32 AM
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I found Paris to be cheaper than Rome. I find Rome's history to be more fascinating than Paris.

Toss a coin. Heads: Paris Tails: Rome
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 12:33 AM
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Just like Kismetchimera said.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 01:57 AM
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paris is so beautiful
truly
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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I was tempted ask this very question before my first trip to Rome (after two trips to Paris). Now after my trip to Rome,
PARIS. If you've only got a layover, you'll just spend that time being lost in Rome. I am a pretty savvy traveler but still found Rome to be frustrating to navigate.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 08:50 AM
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I would definitely select Paris due to your situation of being a newbie to world travel. I've been to Rome a few times and have been to Paris nearly annually since the mid 70s. Paris is much easier to maneuver. And it's also very easy for females traveling alone. How many days will you have on your layover? Happy Travels!
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 09:02 AM
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OK. Now I've seen how many days you will have. I first missed your post stating that. And as for Rome, I just didn't have the most positive experiences there. But, I love Italy and think the Italians are really great. I've been going to Italy since the 70s. I just like other places in Italy more. I was in Italy and Paris 3 months ago spending half of my time in each. But, I was in Treviso and Venice, not Rome. Had a great time and folks were wonderful. Happy Travels!
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 09:56 AM
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Rome, Rome, Rome.

You stated that you are on a budget. I think there is a lot more to see "for free" in Rome. Hundreds of churches with incredible art, walking the Forum and Palatine Hill. Just more "outside" architecture, art, fountains, etc.

Additionally, if you stick to more "street fair" type food, I think you have more choices in Rome.

Finally, if you have 8 days in Rome, you can take an early train to Florence and spend the day. Express train is just over an hour and half from one to the other. And there is SO much in Florence to love. (Of course, as others have stated- a day trip to Orvieto is not a bad thing, either.)

Finally, Rome is a great city and compact enough to do on foot, if you are a walker. Paris is much more spread out.

You could, really, spend one or two days just doing the Vatican (St. Peter's, the Sistine and the Vatican museums.)

For all the reasons you stated, I do believe Rome should be your destination.

And in defense of a couple posters above, I too have found IN MY EXPERIENCE that the Italian people were warmer/friendlier than the French people I encountered between Paris and Rome.

Have a wonderful trip, either way. You won't be sorry, I'm sure, no matter which you decide on.
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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Quanto sei bella Roma..( how beautiful you are Rome)is an old Roman Ballad..

Here is Rome Panoramic photos and view ..

http://www.romanhomes.com/why_rome/panoramic_views.htm
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 05:44 PM
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Chaver: No one mentioned for you the WEATHER.

You say you will be leaving Miami (hot & humid), then spending about 2 months in Israel (hot), and that you will have your stopover in Europe in mid-October for about a week.

Given the weather patterns in Europe, Paris in mid-October will be quite chilly for you. You will definitely not be able to wear short sleeves or similar, neither day nor night.

Rome on the other hand will be noticeably warmer, and perhaps rainier, during October.

Think of the extra garments you will need to pack if you select a colder climate for your stopover.

Whichever you select, tell us of your experiences. Happy travels!
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 06:56 PM
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I am not sure you are going to be there in Oct or Jan? I am confused?

I was going to say Paris till I thought about the weather... I think Rome... and the amount of time. If it was a day - Paris 100 percent. For the amount of time - Rome... and the weather. I was in Paris in december/Jan of last year and it was COLD - I LOVED it SO much it is magical but it would have been nicer a LITTLE warmer..

Go to Rome and enjoy and make sure you can get back to Paris
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 04:09 AM
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I'm partial to Paris but Rome is not half bad either. In Paris you can probably do more museums and sight touring for free. Do you speak French or Italian already? That would guide my choice to some extent especially if traveling alone.
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 05:19 AM
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I would definitely go to Paris. I agree with elcon, I found the people in Rome rude. I went with my husband last year (he is Italian) and we were really surprised at how rude people were in Rome. The cabs, the waiters and the concierge at our hotel. We also encountered many robberies. We saw two women's bags stolen and my husband was almost pickpocketed on a bus. If I was a single person I would go to Paris. I have been there and found the people to be friendly and helpful. You just have to approach them in their own language with a Bon Jour! and they loosen up. Also, there are many great sites to see and the food is amazing. Hope you can decide!!
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Old Jul 21st, 2009, 07:03 AM
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That is a tough call! They are both amazing cities! They are very similar experiences in terms of having major sights to see along with treasures in every small street/piazza. Culinary delights abound in both. If you're on a shoestring budget, you'll have to do your homework to find cheap places to stay but there are lots of ways to save money (eg. take the train in from the airport instead of a taxi). Best of luck!
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Old Jul 24th, 2009, 03:38 AM
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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE...go to ROME! I just returned from Paris and I was highly disappointed. It had very little charm in comparison to Rome. Also, I have to say that I disagree that Rome is more hectic. There were times in Paris when I felt like I was in the middle of New York City. Don't get me wrong, I love NYC, but I was expecting something different. As far as the food goes, you simply cannot beat Rome's cuisine. If you go, you must visit the area of Trastevere which is very non- touristy. They have the most wonderful restaurants. My husband and I ate at one called La Fraschetta twice because it was so incredible. The only way I would say to go to Paris is if you are primarily interested in the museums. There is no doubt that the Louvre and the d'Orsay were fantastic. Also if you're looking for somewhere reasonable to stay, we stayed at the Hotel Santa Maria in Trastevere and found it exceptionally charming. Check it out on Tripadvisor. Have fun!!!
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Old Jul 24th, 2009, 04:22 AM
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my choice would be rome... but then i'm a fan of ancient and renaisance architecture and not so much a fan of baroque. plus i'm a hopeless italophile.

still, here's a website for a coin toss :
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/Coin/
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Old Jul 24th, 2009, 04:36 AM
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I have to say Paris for a first trip - not because I love it any better than Rome, but because everyone should see Paris once in their life. While I love the people and the food and the sights in Rome, I love the CITY in Paris - modern city planning was born there, their metro system is the model for most of the major systems around the world, and I think of it as the standard to measure and compare other major cities to. There is a reason great writers and artists from the modern era have moved there for inspiration. And even someone who is not from a major metropolitan area can negotiate Paris easily (Rome is a little more challenging). Sitting at a bistro over a two hour lunch and watching the world go by is more acceptable in Paris than it is in Rome, I think, and I like the museums and just walking in the city better in Paris. That said, if you are a major history buff and you have always wanted to visit well-preserved Roman baths or the earliest Christian churches, Rome is your place. I love them both, but I think Paris is better suited for the first big European city trip. And the Parisians are fine - just remember that Parisians are the same as New Yorkers in terms of their faith that they are in the greatest city in the world - they have little patience for visitors from the rest of France, so it is not just a shot at Americans. Just remember that it is the visitor (the tourist) who is being rude if you don't at least try to speak a few words in French, or if you just assume that everyone speaks English - many people do, and many are happy to switch to English in the interest of good communication, but it is up to the visitor to make the first move and at least attempt a few French phrases. Yes, I have met some rude French shopkeepers (even though I was trying in French - I think that he might have actually been showing off a bit for other Frenchmen in the shop), but most of the time I have had little trouble. My French is poor, but my Italian is non-existent (I'm trying to learn, though!), so that might influence my decision a little if I was travelling alone - although I don't recall serious problems in Rome because the old section seems to be almost all tourists anyway. You can't go wrong either way, but I vote Paris. Just my two cents.
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