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Rome or Florence???? Please advice!

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1. Posted by eyalaz (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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Hi everyone... I'm new to the forums. I need your valuable insights about a trip i'm in the process of planning as a wedding gift to my brother and sister-in-law... We will be originatin from Istanbula and fly to italy and stay only 3 nights (my brother is a dean at a turkish university and he has only 3 days :( ) So... I am torn between rome and florence. Since we have only 3 nights i think its a better idea to go to just one of them. Which would you pick? Considering it's going to be august, I know rome will be pretty deserted right? Anyways, any feedback is greatly appreciated (and i mean that ;) )

2. Posted by SuzanneP (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I don't know if any of the major cities in Italy are going to be "deserted" in August, but they will probably be less crowded. If you only have 3 days, I would personally pick Rome, especially if you have never been there before. There are just more "big sights" to see, whereas in Florence it's more about the atmosphere, the art museums, and taking day trips into Tuscany. You don't have time for day trips, so my vote would be Rome. There is PLENTY to keep you occupied there for 3 days! Be aware that the Vatican is amazing but it will probably take you most of a day to cover it. I'd say spend one day there, one day at the Forum area, and one day in the historical city center seeing stuff like the Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, etc. Actually you could do a lot of the piazzas and fountains in the evening as well, since you're going to be hanging out looking for dinner anyway. It's a short trip, but you'll still have fun. :)

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

I would go to Florence because with all the sights in Rome all the days will be packed with sightseeing and almost no time for relaxing. Better to go to Florence with less sights and have time to really enjoy being there instead of just thinking "I haven't seen *** yet, I've got to do *** "

4. Posted by eyalaz (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thanks for the comments. Angela I actually was thinking the same thing.., I want this to be more like an "enjoy the environment, chill out, have great food and wine" vacation rather than "run around trying to see everything, come back to hotel at 7 with swollen feet, change and try to find restaurant" type of vacation... That being said, I guess more votes would be on Florence... or not?

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

If you do decide to send them to Florence, you have to send them to my favourite restaurant, called La Spada

6. Posted by lugosi (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Why not go to Naples? :)
But if there are only two options - namely, Rome and Florence - I'd go for Rome, especially if you've never been there before. Florence is a rather small and dull city, except for the art galleries and churches. Oh yes, and if you want to enjoy good food, then Rome is your choice! Florence is good, but Rome is better, I say.

7. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

In august all italian cities are deserted, many shops are closed and so on. Are deserted by citizens, but not by tourists, so tourist attractions are open, as well as restaurants.
If I were you I would choose Rome: Florence and Rome are equally very hot during summer, but flying to Rome is easier and probably cheaper than flying to Florence.Florence has a very small airport, Pisa is 1 hour far from florence, and I don't remember there's any direct flight to Turkey from there, although Pisa airport is enough important.
So if you choose florence you've to consider the time lost in finding a train, taking a train and so on.(considering that your brother and his wife will not have so much time)
Rome offers a lot of sights to visit: you can rush everywhere or just select a few ones and relax the rest of the time. During summer the city is rich of evening concerts and events in the major city parks...

8. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

Definately Rome. Florence is nice, but Rome absolutely gorgeous. You don't have to rush around like a headless chicken. Perfect romantic get away. Walk in a little alleys and sit and sip wine in many Piazzas and to watch people to walk by.
Of cource you have to see few sights as well like spanish steps and Trevi Fountain, but it doesn't all have to be just that...Take it easy and enjoy each other's company. It is a honeymoon..

9. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

I would recommend Rome over Florence (unless your are an art connoisseur). Hope this helps.


10. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

i would reccomend florence over rome, unless u r into all that catholic stuff (even as a catholic rome is a little too catholic for me. i love florence (but i am an art nerd)