Post # 1
Limited our options to these 4 cities. Thinking:
Paris: 2 days (i’ve been there once and want to go see what I missed and shop)
Rome: 3 days
Venice: 2 days
Austria: 2 days
Any suggestions on must sees and dos? We love to eat, people watch, shop, learn about other cultures, photography.
Post # 2
Where in Austria are you going? To Vienna or Salzburg, or into the country?
Venice–wander; go to Burano (everyone loves taking photos there); eat as much seafood as you can (Anice Stellato and Alle Testiere are two good places that respect Venetian culinary tradition and Alla Vedova, Do Mori, and All’Arco are well regarded cicchetti places); perhaps go to the cemetery island, the southern part of the Lido, Sant’Elena, or parts of Giudecca for a bit of quiet; don’t buy things in the stores that are close to S. Marco or the Rialto.
Rome–check out parlafood.com for dining tips (and for the love of God, take her gelato advice); spend time in some of Rome’s great green spaces (the Villa Pamphilij or the Villa Borghese, for example); take the Passeggiata del Gianicolo (great panoramic photo opportunities there); don’t try to see everything Rome has to offer–maybe decide to focus on only classical sites or only religious sites. If you focus on classical sites, go to the Capitoline Museum.
Post # 3
Hi there, for Austria I’m thinking of Vienna. Thank you so much for the advice!
Since I’m not familiar with how far apart or how long it takes to do things in one area, how many days would you recommend in each city?
Post # 4
We went to Paris and Rome for our honeymoon in May/June. We spent 3 weeks in Europe, and 2 of those were Paris/Italy (other was Greece).
We spent 3 days in Paris (ended up being 4 because of CDG airport..long story), we were supposed to go for 2 days to Venice but because of issues we had at CDG in Paris, missed our flight to Venice and thus only got to spend a day there, and we spent 4 days in Rome.
I highly recommend a gondola ride at sunset in Venice, it was amazing. We stayed on Lido and travelled into the square which I recommend because it was quite quiet. Venice was great to look around, and just relax.
Rome, we stayed in an Airbnb about 5 minutes walk from the Colosseum (totally worth it, but get a guided tour otherwise the lines will be hours) and subway. Vatican was nice, again, I recommend the tour to skip lines. We also wanted to see the Trevi fountain, but it was under construction. Roman Forum was my personal favourite in Rome, especially at night. Beware they close fairly early though.
If you have time, I would highly recommmend a day trip to Pompeii. We climbed Mt. Vesuvius and saw the ruins, all on a guided tour. It was arguably our favourite day in Italy we spent.