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Must Sees in Paris, Rome, and Prague

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1. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

So what is an absolute don't miss - mostly looking for help with Rome and Prague, but advice on Paris is welcome as well. Are there any smaller "attractions" that shouldn't be forgotten about? Is there anything that you would skip if time was an issue? Thanks everyone!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Paris = The Catacombs!

Rome = The super-secret catacombs under the Vatican that you need permission to see (still on my to-do list)

Hmm... I seem to have a theme going, here...

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Ah yes, I read something you had written about the ones in Rome, however I get there in only about a week so I'm guessing I don't have enough time to take care of that. Thanks though, I'll def check out the ones in Paris though. (Funny enough I was just talking about you and your romantic meeting of your boy in Paris.)

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

i think the communism museum in prague is well worth it!!
also if you go to the dancing building, you should walk past it (opposite direction of the bridge) and a few streets down theres a church with a crypt downstairs, where some parachutists were hiding out from the SS, but they found them and tried to flood/gas them out, they tried to break out thru the wall with a pick, to escape into the sewers, but in the end they knew the germans were going to get them to they shot themselves :( there are wreaths and crosses of poppies and czech flag ribbons etc... its pretty unnerving to be in there but a worthwhile experience. itll take you 15mins but it was something that we stumbled upon and im glad i saw it!

DONT buy anything from the old town square (y the astro clock/tyn church) because its a ginormous rip off!!!!!!!

5. Posted by Dutch-Dimi (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Rome:

Do's
The 'Terme di Caracalla' are by size not a 'smaller' attraction. But are a bit of the main route. They are really impressive. And surely worth the visit.

Also The smaller church: st. pietro in Vincoli. This holds an impressive sculpure by Michelangelo. This is a statue of Moses. But due to an wrong translation of the bible he has Horns (devilish).

Trastevere is a nice quite part of the city. It's across the river (the name meaning 'over the tevere(Tiber)) Here is the church S. Maria in trastevere. In my opinion a bit different from the rest of rome. (the decorations are more like the Basilica di San Marco in Venice (the golden mosaic)) Go up the hill a bit more and you can have a great view over Rome.

In Trastevere is another small 'wonder' you'll probably miss if you're not told about it. It's in the courtyard of the S. Pietro in Montorio church. Here you can find the Tempietto by Bramante. (more info (sadly in Dutch) but with pictures)

Don'ts

Tour through the Domus Aurea di Nerone. You'll be walking in the dark for long only to see something not that spectacular at the end.

Run round the Circo Massimo if its above 30 degree's celcius (86F). Even though this might be the most fun thing to do at this site.

And for Prague

the Muzeum hlavního města Prahy (near Florenc subway station) has some nice history of the city. But also a 20 square meter replica of the city made 1826-1837.

6. Posted by SooMagoo (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Paris - spend some time strolling around the Montmatre - as well as Sacre Coeur which is pretty impressive there's a lovely view across the city and if you're there at the right time lots of little artist stalls in the nearby squares...very quaint and often overlooked in preference of the more obvious attractions like the Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower etc :) On that subject, if you go there you have to climb either up or down - getting the lift both ways is cheating :)

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Rome: EUR, Musei Capitolini, Galleria Doria Pamphilj.

Whatever you do, don't go to the Vatican Museums. However stunning the art, it's not worth having to plough through thousands of tourists for.