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would you choose Marseille or Lyon

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1. Posted by deediaz (Budding Member 40 posts) 6y

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Hello, my husband and I will be traveling by train from France to Italy in late December. We won't have time to fit in all the places we would want to see, so we have to choose between going from Paris to Marseille or Paris to Lyon. I'm not familiar with either Marseille or Lyon so I was hoping I could get some suggestions from fellow travellers. We will only have a day and a half in whichever we decide.

All suggestions are welcomed!


2. Posted by montblanc (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y

Difficult choice - they are the two most favorite cities of mine in France - we lived in Lyon for 4 years and I often visit Marseilles -

For a first time visit, I suggest Lyon - the Roman theaters and museum - old churches, opeaa house, Fouvier, museum of fabrics - the trabouls - and always the Rhone and Saone

Plenty to do and see - the city is great and the food is the best in France


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by deediaz (Budding Member 40 posts) 6y

Thanks for replying Tony. I just realized that there is no direct train from Marseille to Genova, Italy which is what I was hoping for. We might do Lyon based on convenience of train travel. Since we will be travelling all of Italy by train, we'd like to minimize the number of train changes.

I was really looking forward to seeing Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille, can you recommend anything in Lyon that could compare?

4. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 6y

I'd say Lyon, and Avignon is also worth researching.