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Which trip is more fun:Paris/Provence, or Rome/Tuscany?

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Aug 29th, 2003, 11:31 AM
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Never been to France, but I did not think Italy was dirty in the least. I would go back to Italy in a heartbeat.
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Aug 29th, 2003, 03:04 PM
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If you can.. get to JFk and take Delta direct flight to Venice.
Last Sept. we did that. Then.. rented car in Venice, did Tuscany, etc. Dropped the car in Oriveto(where we stayed one nite). Train to Rome. Piece of Cake. - Check this site for less expensive places to stay in Venice. Start early as you can... La Calcina is a favorite and is very nicely situated. (Out of the main hustle and bustle.)
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Aug 29th, 2003, 03:21 PM
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Whichever choice you make, you can't go wrong.

I've been to both and personally, the Paris/Provence wins out, by a smidgen. You can take the TGV to Avignon or AIX and rent a car there. I have found driving easier in France than in Italy for lots of reasons. I speak a little French, which makes touring easier.

The only caution would be the weather. It will be HOT. As someone else said, try to make it as early as possible. Try not to go in August!

Alternatively, consider Paris & Normandy/Brittany or Venice & the Dolomites for cooler weather.

Regards ... Ger

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Aug 29th, 2003, 09:16 PM
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I would vote for Rome/Tuscany/Venice - especially for the benefit of your 13 year old. We took our kids to Italy and both Rome and Venice were a hit, as well as staying in an Agriturismo in Umbria for a few days.

I really think you'll appreciate the differences from Paris/France since you have already been to Paris. Just don't expect Rome to be like Paris. Rome is chaotic and thrilling with layers of history and wonderful piazzas. (Love Paris, just also happen to love Rome)

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Aug 29th, 2003, 11:56 PM
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If Italy's your choice, don't miss out on Florence, Pisa and Sienna. Along the road trip between Rome and Florence, there're also these little towns on top of these tall, steep hills that look like they just dropped from the sky. my family went up one of these towns on a lazy weekend and hung out in front of chapels, where old men would be playing chess or that game where they throw these steel balls to the ground (like some horsehoe variant). You can easily blend in to the local life.

Never been to the St Tropez areas, but if you go to the south of France, check out the quainter areas in Cannes and Nice. Forget Monte-Carlo; it's expensive, an adult Disneyland for high-rollers.
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