Visit the Duomo and the covered shopping arcades that lead out from there. This is the inspiration for the covered shopping malls that have simplified shopping around the world. Also don't miss the specialist shops for all kinds of goods: fashion and artisanal that can be found around the city. The Milanese are among the most fashion conscious and elegant people on Earth. They take great part in their appearance. They are also conscious of living in an area - not country! - with some of the highest living standards of Europe and indeed the world. This self confidence should be of interest to visitors who come from areas which worship coarseness and mediocrity to show them that alternatives exist. Last but not least the food served in Milan tends be of high standard. Expensive but worth it. Splurge on the Hotel Principe di Savoia if you can. There is a reason that it is better to be rich than poor... about 3 years ago
Hello Bridget The cities Barcelona and Rome are not polar opposites. Also, due to the ease and efficiency of plane travel, you can easily divide your time in both through direct flights with budget flights between them. Rome within Italy and as Italy's capital city occupies a different role than Barcelona as Spain's second city and restive capital of Catalonia. Both cities are chock-a-block full of historic sights and sounds. Have a variety of restaurants and night life spots that primarily cater for residents before visitors but are accessible to them also. Better than any comments you get here is introspection into what is really important for you and your fellow travelers and do research through the Internet into how far either city caters to your requirements and desires. Don't neglect other cities in either country; Venice, Milan, Bologna, Naples and Palermo etc in Italy just as an example or Madrid, Bilbao, Seville, Burgos, Valencia etc. in Spain. ANy of those can also contribute to a mind blowing experience. about 3 years ago
So I am planning on studying abroad in Oslo for 6 months next spring. Now I'm wondering if I should go to Copenhagen instead. Advice?
Hello Hailey What negative reviews have you read about Norway? If you like grandiose nature than there really is nothing that surpasses the grandeur of Norway's natural coastline. The cities are attractive and clean and the main sights are accessible to visitors with ease. There is a book published by a young Englishman, unfortunately a "progressive' but still quite informative about the life and customs of all inhabitants of all Scandinavian nations. Reading this prior to committing would be an eye opener to you about the real differences between these delightful northern nations. By the way, why don't you consider Finland, Sweden, Iceland or even the Faeroe Islands? about 3 years ago