Hi all :)
It's my first time in Paris and Rome. I'm travelling by myself. I always wanted to go to Paris but I was advised to split my time between Paris and Rome. I'm not big into art, I like history and architecture though. I really don't want to run around and be exhausted by the end of the trip. I want to have time to shop, to walk, to read.
Would you say I should spend all this time in Paris?
Thank you in advance,
If it was me going on the trip, I would split it up. There is obviously enough to do in Paris to fill your time for 2 weeks, but I love exploring lots of places and you definitely have enough time. The flight only costs $99 roundtrip on RyanAir and it's only 2 hours so you won't be rushed or traveling for too long. I only spent 2 1/2 days in Rome on my 3 week long Italy trip and I feel like I definitely got a sense for what it's about. You can say "I wish I had more time" for any trip, but I definitely think you can get more than enough covered. Plus you can always do Rome first for a few days and then enjoy Paris the rest of the time. I also suggest you map out what you want to do in Paris (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, etc.) and see how many days that will likely take up and if you feel you don't have enough time in between to relax and soak in the essence of Paris than maybe country hopping isn't the best option for this trip. Having been to both, I think you could do both without feeling rushed.
Have a great trip!
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Paris is amazing! I mean one can truly spend a lifetime here and never get bored, BUT I do think seven times is a good amount of time to see the city where you won't be rushed and feel like you really experienced it. Rome is beautiful too, but I don't think you need a week there unless you want to pop down to Sicily or something on the train. I recommend five days tops in Rome so either take the rest and spend them in Paris or hop over to the Loire Valley or see the countryside outsite of Rome! Hope that helps!
Rome really only needs about 3 days. You need to see all of the historical sites if you haven't seen them before, but after that other places are more enjoyable IMO.
Hi Anna! Either way - you'll have a fantastic time. You just can't go wrong.
My inclination is to say split it (with maybe one more day in Paris than Rome), just because they are both such epic cities. And to keep yourself from feeling exhausted by your vacation, I have just a few thoughts:
1) get comfortable with the idea that you won't see everything and that enjoying the ambience is just as important as seeing a "landmark"
2) don't fly between Rome and Paris. Take the train! It's so much more relaxing and is a great time to read and think. Plus, to me, taking the train doesn't take you out of vacation mode the way flying does. AND you don't have to waste time and money getting to and from the airport.
3) pack light! It'll make the transition between cities that much easier. (I personally prefer a backpack or duffle bag rather than a rolling bag. Cobblestone streets and rolling bags are the worst.)
4) stay in locations where you can just walk out the door. It IS cheaper to stay further away from the city center, but it adds a lot to your daily stress and planning.
And now - reasons each city is awesome...
Paris - the Musee Rodin is for non-art people. It's small. It's mostly sculpture. And you can sit in the garden on a chair and just chill out for as long as it's open. (If you don't like art, I would say skip the The Louvre and do the Musée d'Orsay if you want to.) Walk along La Seine. Get falafel in the Quartier Du Marais. Walk up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and down Avenue Kléber to the Eiffel Tower.
Also - visit Versailles - it's SO worth a day-trip. Stop at a market, grocery store, or bakery and get some food in the morning. Then take the train to Versailles (30 min from Paris) and have yourself a picnic in the amazing gardens. Rent a bike in the afternoon! (Feel free to skip the expensive and crowded palace tour. It's great, but to me the gardens are the real treat.)
Rome - I LOVE the trees. Seriously. Then there's the Spanish Steps which are fabulous for munching on a snack and people watching. The Roman Forum and the Colosseum are really incredible - especially if you like history. (Do the audio tour or some kind of guide at the Forum.) And honestly, Vatican City is amazing. (But only do the Vatican tour if you know you want to see the Sistine Chapel. It's a long tour with long lines.) Oh - the Trevi Fountain and the Mouth of Truth!! Plus, the gelato! All the gelato! Oh and every few blocks you'll come across a new square with it's own peculiar charms. Days in Rome just flow into one another with no sense of time. Walk along the river and enjoy the trees.
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I would do 7 and 7. I'm in Florence now and we just spent a week in Rome. I've been to Paris four times in the last six years. Here's the thing: if you are a traveller, you will come back to these cities. Once is just scratching the surface. Some tips: yes, stay downtown, whether hotel AirBNB, or other apartment. Second, do your research first. Read, plan your days, make reservations online ahead of time. Print your receipts and take them with. Buy tickets to anything that requires tickets ahead of time. Every place has two lines - the one to buy tickets is at least two hours, the one for ticket holders is minutes. Seriously, this will save your day! One last tip. In France, manners count for a lot. When you walk into any small store or restaurant, it is like entering their home and you say Bonjour Monsieur, or Bonjour Madame. They will greet you in return, and after that you can speak English because they already know you don't speak French. If you don't do that, you'll wonder why the French are so rude. You will be completely ignored. Have fun!
If you don't want to be exhausted at the end of your trip, and want to have to time to read and shop, I think 7 days might be to short.
Paris is huge and I think it's better take time and visit an area, so you can rest in a coffee shop or something. Otherwise, maybe you will have the feeling to miss something and run around.
By the way, If you need coiffe shops or restaurants, I share my favorites here on my blog!
Hope I helped you!
I'm all for staying for two weeks in Paris. I've stayed in Paris for two weeks twice and still didn't do everything I wanted. The benefit of staying in one place is that you start to know your way around without a map, can go back to places to like and get to know the locals.
I'm in Paris right now, heading home, tho :-( If I were you, I'd split my time between the two cities. You can see a lot of each in a weeks time, with time to sit in a cafe & people watch, and shop, too! There are walking tours of Paris, most likely of Rome, too, which will give you an overview of each city & will give history, too. What you miss on this trip, you can get on the next one... always give yourself a reason to go back! (The Metro in Paris is easy to figure out... But don't throw out your ticket until you are out on the street. We just got s big fine for that very reason!)
You should split.
These are wonderful cities.
7 days in each is a great start.
Personnaly, I would go for the total in Paris. There is so much to see. Get yourself a good guidebook. If architecture and history is your thing try the Michelin Guidebook. I know the Paris guidebook is avalable in english. The size is practical and has lots of photos and drawings.
Paris is so great, just walk arround, one day per "arrondissement". Ok maybe not all of them but at least from 1 to 10. Get lost and find your way again. That is the way I made the best discoveries, boutiques, restaurants, cafés and people.