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  • I'm bumping this...

    I've decided to go for Rome. Neither of us have been to Italy before and the history of Rome interests me. Can anyone recommend restaurants,bars etc? Also I've heard you can queue for hours to get I'm the Colosseum. Is it worth pre-booking tickets?

    Thanks 
  • We did Rome in 2016 for 3 nights, easily one of the top 5 city's in the world in my opinion.

    We pre-booked the Vatican City tour, so glad we did as the line to get in must have been 500 deep at 9.30am, we also prebooked our tickets for the Colosseum but I don't remember that being quite as busy (for ease you are probably better off just getting them booked in advance).

    We found Rome to be relatively cheap for food and drink and loads of bars on the main squares would have late afternoon happy hours. The more touristy places are easy to spot and avoid (if it has pictures of food on the outdoor menu swerve it!).

    Have fun!
  • Regarding people not responding to English, to be honest there's no reason for people to have to speak English in Spain so it's quite likely they don't know any - always better to attempt the local language, especially in places that speak a global language and are less likely to learn English. Shame you didn't find any food you like in San Sebastian - it has the best food in the whole country and is a brilliant place.

    Other great city break places in Spain are Zaragoza, Valencia and particularly Sevilla. All probably work best with at least a bit of Spanish knowledge though as well to order food etc. Surprisingly few people speak English here away from the holiday resorts.

    Barcelona is definitely worth a visit but it has turned into a bit of a Disneyland tourist trap with the locals pretty much driven out, and it's true that it has got a problem with petty theft and even some more serious violence. I know lots of people who have had issues there in recent years sadly but it is a lovely place - just seems to have lost its way a bit.
    @CharltonMadrid is there much to do in San Sebastian or Zaragoza from a tourist point of view? Cathedrals/castles/old towns/ etc for group of 60 year olds? Obviously like a decent place to eat and bars but not interested in clubs. 
  • Have been to a lot of European cities. 2 on my list of possibles to do are Bratislava and Munich. Anybody got any comments on these please? 
  • agim said:
    I'm bumping this...

    I've decided to go for Rome. Neither of us have been to Italy before and the history of Rome interests me. Can anyone recommend restaurants,bars etc? Also I've heard you can queue for hours to get I'm the Colosseum. Is it worth pre-booking tickets?

    Thanks 
    If you want a more traditional / authentic type of restaurant - go to the Trastevere district (fairly close to the Vatican).

    We pre-booked the Colosseum and Vatican when we went and I'd say it's definitely worth doing.
  • edited October 2019
    agim said:
    I'm bumping this...

    I've decided to go for Rome. Neither of us have been to Italy before and the history of Rome interests me. Can anyone recommend restaurants,bars etc? Also I've heard you can queue for hours to get I'm the Colosseum. Is it worth pre-booking tickets?

    Thanks 
    Operart check it out on TripAdvisor 
    A restaurant with a guitarist and saxophonist at one end, football on the telly at the other end, and if you like chocolate the profiteroles are lovely, as are the pizzas.

    The place has a great vibe, and wish I could bring it back to England!
  • edited October 2019
    Going to Turin in Feb. Any advice on places to go/eat etc appreciated 
  • Last few weeks I went Prague 3 days, then Dublin for 36 hours

    Prague was great, lots of walking, lots of drinking, cheap food and drink so was a winner. Although we went Tuesday - Thursday which was a slight mistake as the nightlife wasn't that busy, when Prague were at home vs Inter(possibly) , one place we found semi busy the first night it was full for 16-18 year olds. I would like to go back but maybe try a weekend next time

    Dublin was brilliant, bloody expensive. I done £300 in a day and a half lol, we just went straight to a pub watch Charlton, mate watches spurs. Went with his GF and one of their mutual friends. Went to the Guinness factory the sunday day time which was really good and I recommend it. Again it is all very expensive probably similar to London or slightly worse but the live music and the whole vibe is great, I want to go back but with Lads only next time

  • redman said:
    Have been to a lot of European cities. 2 on my list of possibles to do are Bratislava and Munich. Anybody got any comments on these please? 
    Went to Bratislava a few years ago and loved it. The old town has some great bars and restaurants. Didn’t venture too far but Vienna is doable on public transport. The pink pussycat club was good as well if it’s still there!
  • Munich and Bratislava both great to go on the lash but would say Munich has a lot more to offer outside of that, whereas Bratislava, like most Eastern European Countries, has great nightlife, cheap, lovely to walk around etc.

    Was very impressed with Prague last week. Reminded me of both Krakow and Budapest in certain aspects, both of which are also superb.


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  • edited October 2019
    I'd say Venice. Not as expensive as people think if you know what to do. March is a great time to go there - not too busy and cheaper. Basically there are cheaper restaurants in the regions away from St Marks Square. Cheaper than England and good. You can buy a waterbus ticket which gives you unlimited travel, including to Islands for 30 euros for 48 hours and 40 euros each for 72 hours.

    I took my wife there for her Birthday in January and we are going for a few days just before Christmas.
  • cafc4life said:
    Going to Turin in Feb. Any advice on places to go/eat etc appreciated 
    It’s shrouded in mystery.
  • Not really, It has been proven to be a fake. :)
  • Doing Madrid the beginning of November.

    Hoping it's still t-shirt weather whilst watching Real v Betis on the Saturday night.
  • Any recommended websites for booking the Vatican and Colosseum? 
  • agim said:
    Any recommended websites for booking the Vatican and Colosseum? 
    When we went (oct 2015) we booked Vatican direct on their website. Essential to book. We didn't book the Colosseum  and can't remember there being huge queues, just got there reasonably early. However this was 4 years ago. 
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