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1. Posted by HeatherHa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

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Is this a place worth going? I will be there in Jan 2006. Does anyone have any really GOOD or really BAD places I should know about?

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

I would strongly recommend visiting Vatican City. St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine chapel are some of the most striking travel images ever. Do not miss it.


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

Hi Heather,

The Vatican is definitely worth seeing! Even if you are not a serious art lover, you cant help but be impressed by it. It is the heart of Rome for many people. If you're up for a challenge, you can climb to the very top of the basilica for a bird's eye view of it all. The Sistine Chapel is magnificent - I dont think you'd regret spending a day there.

Tip: If you're going to St. Peter's dress appropriately or you wont be allowed in. ;)

Enjoy Rome!


5. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 11y

Well you have to see Rome Venice Florence Naples and if you can Palermo. Other town less unknow but really nice are Bologna, Perugia Assisi, Genova, S. Giminiano (close Florence) Monteriggioni, Siena, Lecce, Prtofino, Pompei, Paestum ...
... man to many places ... depends on what you are looking for


6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Definately visit the Vatican! We spent half a day there, so don't think you have to spend a lot of time there if you're on the fence about it. St. Peter's is beautiful, as is the main Square, and you really can't miss the Sistine Chapel. I agree with Samsara2, if you want to go inside St Peter's, make sure your knees and shoulders are covered. Some other churches around italy aren't as strict, but they have no problems shooing you away over there.

Katie ;)

7. Posted by HeatherHa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Thank you for the info. We will definatly be "covered" because we will be there in January. Is there usually snow in Italy in January? I have never been to Europe before, so I don't know what to expect.

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

Snow in the North of the country in the mountains certainly....not too sure about the South....

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

I should say, I was in Rome for Christmas in 1997 and it wasnt cold at all

10. Posted by mesti (Inactive 9 posts) 11y

I recommend Capri, Amalfi, Ravelo, Pompeii, Paestum, etc.