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1. Posted by vagabond (Full Member, 104 posts) 12 Jan '06 15:26

So I still can't make up my mind. I want to see both of the countries, I have never been to either of the place.I have about 8 to 9 days (may be 10) in about second week of June(including to and from flights from new york). I am interested in culture, architecture, history, food, wine, music, people. I dont speak either of the languages.

which would you recomend? 9 days in Italy or 9 days in france? In either case, which places would you reccomend.

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member, 314 posts) 12 Jan '06 16:24

Tough decision. Both countries warrant around ten days each. I would recommend Italy over France. Hope this helps.

Pranav

3. Posted by rjcase (Budding Member, 10 posts) 12 Jan '06 22:43

i've been to france a number of times, and italy twice.

if you are cramped for time, i would suggest italy mainly because it is smaller and i find the history much richer. both countries are equally fantastic, but perhaps italy would be more accessible on your timeframe.

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 13 Jan '06 02:01

hey i think the best thing is to spend 9 days in just a region of France - Brittany or the South coast for example. You can realy see the culture then in the wee towns in the country and maybe a couple of days in Paris.

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member, 1732 posts) 13 Jan '06 06:35

Or you could spend 4-5 days in southern France and then the rest in Italy... it really doesn't take a long time travelling between the two countries..

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 13 Jan '06 09:13

I say go for Italy this time - you'll find that the things you want to see are easier to get to from each other. France is a fantastic country to visit but I think it demands more time than this to explore unless you focus on one or two specific area(s).

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 14 Jan '06 07:28

I would go for France. Visit Paris and then go straight to the south. Especially the provence area is fantastic. Cities like Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Nice are sprawling and you will have a great time there. The country-site of the Provence is really relaxing with silent villages and only the noise of crickets. Vist the gorge-du-Verdon with impressive rockformations and blue water. 9 days is good for staying here. In 9 days you cannot see all of France nor Italy. Better focuse on one particular area....

8. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru, 1112 posts) 14 Jan '06 11:59

Hello!
I would say Italy!!!I have spent a lot of time in France and as much as I love the place when I went to Italy the fist time a year ago I fell in love with the country!!!In fact just got back from Northern Italy a couple of days ago where I visited Milan and Lake Como which was great so you could base yourself in that area, work maybe a couple of days in Milan and then choose a couple of places in the Lakes! However If I were you, I would start off in Rome....Its my all time favourite European City, amazing place, use that as a base and you can then head off by train to Florence, take in Pisa!!!Theres a lot to see in Rome so you could spend 4-5 days there if you are up for a bit of the surrounding areas and things then spend a couple of days in Florence maybe???France is great, but theres just this charm about Italy, I love it there, and the food and wine is amazing and the ice cream is to die for!!!!Have a great time whatever you choose to do!

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 14 Jan '06 13:55

I wonder what Vagabond thinks about all these mixed opinions. Do you have any idea already where to go: Italy or France??? I would be totally confused by now, France is good but Italy is also very good (based on all the reactions)!!! You could decide to pick the country to which the planeticket is the cheapest....

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