Which to choose: Rome or Barcelona

Old Sep 20th, 2009, 05:23 PM
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you are right - there is so much to see in Rome.
It is also a city that is spread around . The metro has only 2 lines so one often depends on transportation by bus. I like Rome, but find getting around the city a pain.
You might decide to spend a day in one part of the city and plan another day in some other area.

To be honest, for the first visit to Europe ( AND in mid June) I would rather go to Paris.
Paris is also big, but much easier to navigate.
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Old Sep 21st, 2009, 10:52 AM
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hi gregs,

Just be flexible and go day to day?>>

in smaller places I would agree with colduphere, but in rome, you could get very frustrated if you get somewhere only to find out that it is shut that day. also, you could get very sore feet if you decide that you are going to start off at St. Peter's, then go to the colloseum, and follow it up with the villa borghese.

therefore I suggest that you do a bit of planning, so that you make sure that you group places together so that you maximise your sightseeing. for example:

day 1 - colosseum, forum and capitoline museums.

day 2 - scavi tour, st. peter's and [if you're feling strong] the vatican puseums.

day 3 - campi dei fiori, castel san angelo, trastevere,

etc. etc.

remember you will need to stop for drinks, meals, toilets [if you "go" every time you stop for refreshment, you can't go far wrong]. you will enjoy yourselves far more if you pace yourselves, and don't try to cram everything in. there is no chance that you can see everything in Rome, so don't even try.

but do be open to the things around you that you haven't planned - that church on the corner may well contain some artwork that anywhere else would have them queuing round the block, but in Rome, it's just another painting.

have a great time,

regards, ann
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Hi, gregs.
Can I suggest you try to get hold of "The Fountains of Rome" by H V Morton. It's quite a big book, but you have plenty of time to read it, I think. Then you can try to see as many of those beautiful fountains as you can in the time available. That's what I did a few years ago. It was not my first trip to Rome, however. I find it impossible to plan a holiday in any detail. You just never know enough about local transport (unless you have enough spare cash to afford taxis and local guides) to know how much time to allow. Something always takes you by surprise (like all museums being shut on Mondays). Churches always have opening times that seem just out of phase with when you get to them. I like walking everywhere - that way I don't miss anything, but it also means I get side-tracked. There is a lot to see in Rome, but I would not cut down your time there so as not to get 'Romed-out'. You never know when you might be able to get there again, and there are so many other places to see in Europe - and the rest of the world, of course. So, see as much as you can - or rather see everything on your 'Must See' list - don't put them off till next time. If you travel by bus in Rome, don't forget to validate (date-stamp) your ticket on the bus! I love Barcelona too. It was my favourite city until I went to Venice. There is a lot to see there - don't on any account miss Montserrat, and get there in time for the Boys' Choir singing. Magic Fountain, Plaza d'España, the Central Market, the Barri Gotic, Parc Güell, and a hundred other places to see. I believe there may be more night-life in Barcelona than in Rome, but I could be mistaken.
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You cannot compare Barcelona to Rome.

I would go back to Rome in a heartbeat. That city is so rich in history and art. Don't be afraid to be overwhelmed!
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I am going to Rome this Nov for the 5th time...went to Barcelona last Nov and liked it but it does not have the "layers" that Rome does...will probably not return there.

There is a great inexpensive air carrier that has flights from Barcelona to Rome. Check out www.vueling.com. You may want to fly over to Barcelona for 3 or 4 days of this trip...or what about an open jaw ticket...into Rome...out of Barcelona for the return using Vueling to get between the 2 cities?
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Old Sep 21st, 2009, 06:07 PM
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Rome - because it is easier to spell.

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Forgot to mention that I have a friend from Cinque Terre, so I may look into incorporating that into the trip. Not sure yet, but is a possibility. Greg
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I'm still pinching myself! Our first trip to Rome was in August - just four days and I feel like we barely scratched the surface of this phenomenal city.

Enjoy planning your trip - this forum is a great place to start!
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