Rome vs. Greece

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Difference between Rome and Greece

When traveling to Europe on vacation, two of the destinations that often come up for consideration are Rome and Greece. Both places have their own distinctive traits of course, and you could certainly have a memorable and enjoyable experience in either one. Nevertheless, you may prefer one to the other depending on your particular tastes and interests. This comparison is therefore not intended to determine which one of these places is "better", but rather to clue you in to the more salient points of each so you will be better able to make a more informed decision.

Best Time To Visit

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Greece, as the climate is pretty mild throughout the year. Nevertheless, the best time to drop by would be during the months of May to June, and again during September to October, when the countryside is in full bloom. Keep in mind that you will have fairly limited opportunities to get around during the winter months, as many of the smaller islands will be closed down for the season.

Rome enjoys pretty much the same peak season, although the summer months can get quite hot and dry. In any case, even the winter months are quite tolerable, although things can get a bit wet, as this is the rainiest period of the year. In addition, the nights may get a bit chilly, so don't forget to bring a sweater.

Attractions

There are numerous sights and sounds to see around Greece, even if you aren't particularly into ancient culture. Of course the attractions from the olden days are the biggest draws, but there are numerous bars, restaurants and entertainment spots throughout the country's major urban areas. In addition, Greece offers a wealth of natural attractions that are well worth checking out.

As for Rome, virtually anything you can think of can be found here, from the most modern bars and nightclubs to the city's well-known cultural attractions. In fact, the local residents have adopted a fairly casual regard for the city's considerable cultural museum, ruins and monuments, carrying about their daily activities around some of the most dazzling sights in the world.

Risks And Things To Watch Out For

Although incidences of crime are relatively low in Greece, there are a number of bars that have been known to perpetuate scams, particularly against tourists. Be on the lookout against overly friendly locals who will invite you into a bar and saddle you with a hefty bill afterwards. The good news is that these bars are mostly located in Athens, so they should be easy enough to avoid.

Theft in Rome is a bit more commonplace, and you will have to be on guard against pickpockets and snatchers. Particularly annoying are the groups of women (sometimes accompanied by children) who will harass you asking for money. Steer clear of these groups whenever possible, and keep a close watch over your belongings at all times. 

Summary

Greece

  • Best times to visit are May to June and September to October
  • Plenty of cultural and entertainment attractions
  • Not so inexpensive anymore
  • Overpriced bars, particularly in Athens
  • Relatively low incidences of crimes (although tourist targeted crimes unfortunately seems to be on the rise)
  • Generally friendly people

Rome

  • Can be quite expensive
  • One of the noted historical and cultural capitals of the world
  • March to June and September to October are the best times to visit
  • Pickpockets and snatchers are unfortunately quite common
  • Lines to many services can be quite long
  • Service staff can be a bit discourteous
Which culture has a more interesting mythological tradition?
  • Rome
  • Greece
 
 

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  • Zanders wrote on May 2010

I’m impressed. I found this place on Ask poking around for something totally unrelated - now I’m

gonna have to read through the archives.

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