Originally Posted by Magnifiscent
I'd like to suggest you Italy. There's a lot of interesting places to visit: mountains, cities or sea are wonderful! Here are some suggestions
Cities: Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Bologna, Turin, Milan, Siena, Perugia, etc...
Mountains: Dolomites, etc...
Sea: Sicily, Sardegna, Liguria, Campania
[quote author=Renato link=1146614734/0#3 date=1146622746]Rome - you can spend months going through that place and barely scratch the surface. It is just so mind numbingly old, the things you can see, Relatively inexpensive compared to London and Paris. Not impressed with the food, but found a great Chinese restaurant. Quite a few McDonald's around (at least where I was, near Termini Station). If you go to Italy - don't buy duty free alcohol at the airport. The prices in the local supermarkets are heaps cheaper than in any duty free place I saw.
I was really disappointed in reading that you, Renato, found no good food, but a Chinese restaurant in Rome! Â*
Italian dishes are so famous and appreciated around the world and Rome (I've recently been there for a weekend) is plenty of good restaurants! But I guess you hadn't a good guide to discover 'em, that's why the best thing you've found was a Chinese restaurant!!![/quote]
We were only there for six nights, ate at little restaurants on three, and ate at the Chinese place the other three. Maybe we were just unlucky, but for the price the three Roman ones weren't as good as the ones in Paris (by good I mean meaty, filling and tasty), and all were dearer but not as good as what was at the Chinese place.
I'm sure we could have found better places, but they would have cost more. It was really annoying the way they charged for each item separately. If you ordered some dish, then each extra vegetable and each piece of bread was an additional extra added to the price. And while eating, I kept having to tell the very persistant flower sellers to get lost - what did I care about their story that they were hungry and would starve if I didn't buy roses for my lady? We got better value meals for the same price when we were in Veneto.
But what we remember most about Rome was that unlike the other hotels - London (7pounds for two slices of toast) and Â*Paris (19 Euro each for the hotel breakfast) - in Rome the absolutely magnificent, meaty breakfast was included in the price of the room. So we certainly didn't go hungry, or have to go find some place reasonable to eat, as we had had to in the other two cities.
By way of contrast, we later stayed at a hotel in Vipitemo (on the Italian side of the Brenner Pass) for 51 Euro each a night. Talk about being surprised. It turned out that the price included breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was cooked by a fabulous chef. And it was like they were slaughtering cows just for us - I have never seen so much good, well cooked meat thrown in front of me in my life. We'd order the entree and have difficulty getting through it because there was too much to eat, and then a monster cooked meat tray would arrive. And as we attempted to eat that, the waiter would come along and throw more plates of roast potatoes or chips on our table. We checked the menus. It cost more to go there and buy an evening dinner, than it did to check in there, and get all of the three meals included in the price. It didn't make any sense.