Post # 1
I will be going to Crete, Greece and Milan, Italy this June for a business trip.
I have been to Europe before (but never to these two countries) and would love to extend my trip. My options are to either go a few days early (to see Athens) or stay a few days late (to see Rome).
Which city would be the better choice? How are they similar? Different?
I dont have anything specific id like to see, but overall, I am not a huge fan of art/large museums.
Post # 2
I can’t speak for Athens (which looks really cool), but I have been to Rome and it’s AWESOME. And I don’t like museums either, didn’t go to any haha. I have been to a bunch of cities in Italy and Rome is either my 1st or 2nd favorite — Florence is amazing too but very different.
I loved touring the Colosseum, the food was to die for, the Spanish Steps area of the city was really pretty and fun, the Trevi Fountaion was cool to see in person. Plus just walking down the street you come upon hidden treasures in Rome. It lived up to the hype for me. Just my two cents!
I also really enjoyed Vatican City, it was just one of those things you have to do. I was way more moved by St. Peter’s Basilica than I thought I’d be.
Post # 3
I’ve heard Rome is awesome. That would be my choice.
Post # 4
I’ve been to both. I hate Rome. It’s a big dirty city. Athens is basically the same, but since I’m part Greek, it felt closer to home to me. I wouldn’t be excited to go to either of these cities. I honestly would go to another Greek island if I were you.
Post # 5
How many extra days do you have? Can you split the difference and do both? Rome/Italy was higher on my “must do list”, but since you’re going to be in one Italian city, Milan (I’ve never been so I don’t know what that is like), maybe Athens if you have to pick just one? I’ve been to both Rome and Athens and I liked Athens slightly more.
Post # 6
I’ve been to both and loved them 🙂 If by a few days you mean only 2 or 3, I would definitley choose Athens. In that amount of time you can see most of/all of themain sites. In the same amount of time in Rome you would be rushed and just ticking off places to see, not enjoying the city.
Post # 7
kristin36890 : this
I have been to Rome twice and both times was meh lol. I was bored fast. I was actually disappointed with all my Italy stops.
Been to Mykonos in Greece and it’s in my top 3 of favorite places. Only flew into Athens airport do not sure there but I would definitely choose it over Rome.
Post # 8
Having been to both, my vote’s for Rome. I was really underwhelmed by Athens. 😕
Post # 9
rusticglambride : I was disappointed with every place I went to in Italy too! Definitely prefer Greece over Italy, but that doesn’t really include Athens.
Post # 10
kristin36890 : glad I’m not the only one, everyone always thinks I’m crazy, currently trying to plan a trip back to Europe with my husband who’s never been and I told him no Italy lol.
Post # 11
I haven’t been to Rome but I would not recommend Athens. It was my biggest travel disappointment ever. Everywhere else in Greece is fanastic but I advise everyone to skip Athens.
Post # 12
Rome is incredible but you need at least a week there to see the main sights. The acropolis, museum etc in Athens is cool but I didn’t like the rest of the city, I felt I’d seen enough after 1.5 days. If you think you’ll have a future option to see Rome another time for a longer stay I would pick Athens now and tick it off. But if this is your only opportunity then a couple of days in Rome is better than nothing! Also Rome is nothing like Milan so you would get totally different experiences there.
Also just as a heads up, I had my card details/PIN stolen in Milan using a ticket machine so be careful! I had about $1000 used from my card (luckily I got it back!) This could happen in any European city but to me, Milan seemed to have the most shady people trying to scam you around every corner.
Post # 13
My friend was assaulted in Athens. So be careful