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1. Posted by jeanniec (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I will be traveling to Italy in a couple of months and have the choice of staying either in Rome or Florence. I will only be there for 5 days/4 nights and have never been to Italy before.
Is there one that you would recommend over the other? Is public transportation readily available in both places?
Thanks!

2. Posted by eschn3am (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Florence is gorgeous, but there's more to do and see in Rome. If you've been to neither, I'd say stay in Rome. If you had been to both already, I'd say Florence. (Is this making any sense?)

3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Florence is good for an art connoiseur. Yet, I would recommend Rome over Florence. It is a much more charming city and has a lot more to see. Hope this helps.

Pranav

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Loved Florence but I would have to say Rome as well. You'll just see why when you get there. ;)

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I would take Rome over Florence. You'll have more to do. The public transportation (buses) is pretty simple. Termini train station is the central bus station and most buses go from there.

6. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Rome over Florence, hands down.

7. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y

lol.
i'll hafa say BOTH! i did both florence and rome in 5 days too! haha
althou it was kinda a rush, bt it was still superb nonetheless
bt if i hafta choose, then its Rome
Rome is amazing.. u HAFTA go!
Florence is beautiful too.. u hafta go up to the top (shit, cant rem the name), where u can see a beautiful view of the Doimo (damn, cant rem the spelling either) :P
and Rome, Rome.. never seen a more amazing city than that..

8. Posted by TravelMc (Respected Member 93 posts) 11y

If you can do both go for it - they are both worth visiting and its great to be able to say you've seen Florences 'hot spots' like the david and the Duomo and all the art and buyu all sorts of leather souvenirs etc in Florence but...like everyone else says here: Rome is far more worth it. You will be bored of Florence after a couple of days and Rome will keep you going for the full 5 and you will want to go back. Its bigger but its easy enough to walk all over the main parts from the coloseo to St Peters and the Vatican city to the Spanish steps or the cappucine monks skeletal alters! FABULOUS! There is also the metro - red and blue line trains that run like a big cross through the city! And the mainline trains will take you to the outskirts/suburbs if you want to stay outside the city (though you can find pretty reasonable accommodation in the city if your willing to do a bit of searching online!)

whatever you choose I highly recommend the Gelato in either city! ;)

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

What a difficult choice--these places are both fabulous.--And I would also visit Siena (right next to Florence) which is more or less on the way from Rome as well.

Five days is enough time to go see both--although you won't be able to do so in detail, granted. But they are both wonderful.

If you absolutely are convinced you only have time for one, I would say Rome--there are just too many historical things to see (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps) as well as great shopping and other interesting sites (Tivoli Fountain, Vatican City, and the Vatican museum).

Enjoy.

10. Posted by cow25 (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Quoting jeanniec

I will be traveling to Italy in a couple of months and have the choice of staying either in Rome or Florence. I will only be there for 5 days/4 nights and have never been to Italy before.
Is there one that you would recommend over the other? Is public transportation readily available in both places?
Thanks!

Why not base yourself in Rome and do a day trip to Florence. You can see all the main bits in one day, the museum with David, Il Duomo etc. Rome is definitely the best of the two so it's worth spending more time there.