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    My friend and I - both girls - want to spend a week in a city over summer before we go to Uni (currently in yr13).
    We are mostly focussing on Paris but wondering if anyone has another recommendation. Perhaps Italy?
    Max amount to spend is approx. £400 each
    We want something cultural with tourist attractions and nice shopping/scenery/nightlife etc.
    If any one as any opinions on locations or specific hotels etc. that would be fab.
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    Well there's Rome and Florence in Italy, those are your main cultural areas in Italy.

    If you went to Rome for a week (I dont know when you'd want to go during summer so I put in the dates July 8th-July15th) you could stay in a hotel, but I'd personally recommend you look at staying in an apartment. Airbnb is a site where you can either rent shared rooms, private rooms, or the entire property (its people's holiday homes that they're renting out).

    For Rome you could stay in:

    1) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/82465...uests=2&s=TD2Y
    = £249 each for a week

    2) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/32211...uests=2&s=TD2Y
    = £268 each for a week

    3) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/21150...uests=2&s=TD2Y
    = £236.50 each for a week

    4) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/77189...uests=2&s=TD2Y
    = £341 each for a week

    I don't know what your taste is for decor etc, but these are all pretty cheap for a week.
    And those aren't even the cheapest ones, they're one's I just picked out at random.

    For Florence (with some changed dates, you'd have to see how much it cost for when you want to go, but it all usually stays around the same price):
    1) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/74682...-2015&guests=2
    = £258 each for a week

    2) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/12588...-2015&guests=2
    = £311 each for a week

    For Paris:
    1) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/19006...uests=2&s=ZSfT
    = £218 each for a week

    2) https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/28558...uests=2&s=ZSfT
    = £262 each for a week


    Now for flights:
    I don't know where you're from, so lets just put London Stansted as the standard airport. These prices are with Ryanair (not the best I know, but cheap and gets you there) and all of these flights are for July 8th to July 15th.

    To Rome Ciampino:- £147.96 in total (that's for the both of you, there and back) so that's £73.98 each.



    - With the most expensive apartment I've listed: £414.98 each in total (flight + accommodation)



    - With the cheapest apartment I've listed: £310.48 each in total (flight + accommodation)




    To Florence (Pisa airport, its then like 20 euros/£10 for the bus/train into Florence):- £109.96 in total (for both of you, there and back) so that's £54.98 each.



    - With the most expensive apartment I've listed: £365.98 each in total (flight + accommodation)



    - With the cheapest apartment I've listed: £312.98 each in total (flight + accommodation)




    To Paris Beauvais (From Manchester as Ryanair don't seem to do London Flights to Paris):- £87.96 in total (for both of you, there and back) so that's £43.98 each.



    - With the most expensive apartment I've listed: £305.98 each in total (flight + accommodation)



    - With the cheapest apartment I've listed: £261.98 each in total (flight + accommodation)




    In my opinion, it is better to stay in an apartment like this as it is:
    - your own space

    - its often cheaper than hotels
    (especially if you would like somewhere nice to stay and not in a hostel)

    - get your own kitchen, which saves A LOT of money, because eating in tourist districts is not cheap. In Rome the price for one of those small glass bottles of coke is around 5 euros in a restaurant/cafe, where as you can go to the shops the locals use like the local supermarkets and pick up a large 2 litre bottle for around 2-3 euro.

    Hope I've helped
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    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH Bethhall !!
    Your informative info is great and definitely got us thinking about doing an apartment
    I hope you have a lovely time in Ital with your bf (saw your other TSR post !! )
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    A couple of suggestions worth considering.

    Antwerp, if you don't want to fly, which can be reached easily by Eurostar and train.
    Nice, where there are plenty of flights and beaches when you get there. And a visit to Monaco is a simple day trip from there.
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    I'd recommend Rome or Barcelona, although I found Barcelona the most expensive. I stayed in Rome for a week and loved it, there wasn't a day when I had nothing to do


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    I'll add a different point of view;

    I much prefer staying in a hostel;

    Pros;

    It's cheaper
    These days Hostels are more like Hotels given how a run of bad reviews or ratings can seriously affect the hostels business.
    You can cook in them as well, and sometimes even get a bit of free food from another friendly traveler.
    As an 18 year old, It would be a good experience to mix and meet people from all over the world.
    The information that people who work at a hostel or fellow travellers give you can be priceless sometimes.

    Cons:

    If you aren't a heavy sleeper then you may not get good nights sleep.
    If you are overly fussy and not very adaptable then you may not like them.

    With regards to bathrooms and toilets, I can count on one hand when that has been a problem for me, and I've stayed in a lot of hostels.

    Average price on the cities listed above would cost you £140 each for 7 nights.

    Thats £100 saved and most of the time, you will have a better experience, make more friends from around the world who can help you out in various ways when you visit their city.


    As for other cities to potentially look at;

    Berlin is always getting rave reviews and is a lot cheaper than Paris and Rome.

    Budapest is incredibly cheap these days with fantastic hostels costing as little as £5 a night, this is cheaper than in some cities in Bolivia or Ecuador some of the poorest countries in South America.
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    Hey!

    If you are thinking Italy you can't go past Florence!

    The most beautiful city in Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance (so basically, culture is on every corner), amazing night-life (Florence is a student hub) and overall, it's cheap!

    I think it might be what you are looking for. Tip: fly into Pisa, really cheap to fly into from the U.K and there are buses that leave every 10-20 minutes just out the front of the airport to the centre of Florence - you might as well go see the Leaning Tower of Pisa while you are there!

    I hope this helps!

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    I'd recommend Berlin, Bruges, Rome, Florence, Paris or Amsterdam personally.
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    (Original post by madeline_jane)
    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH Bethhall !!
    Your informative info is great and definitely got us thinking about doing an apartment
    I hope you have a lovely time in Ital with your bf (saw your other TSR post !! )
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    Be aware you can get good 4/5 star hotels for that sort of money.
 
 
 
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