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Europe in early November

We are going to Rome for a few days and then taking a flight to another European country. We were thinking Switzerland but heard that the weather would not be very good. Do you guys have any suggestions for cities/countries to visit? We have been to Paris and Barcelona and would prefer to go somewhere new. Thanks in advance!

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The weather can be very nice in Greece in November.

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Do you like to move around Europe a lot, or would you consider spending more time in Italy? Florence and Venice are great, though Venice might start having higher water levels in November. And there are lots of other great places in Italy besides Rome.

One advantage of staying in Italy is not having to deal with more than one country's Covid rules. Since each country sets its own rules, including entry, moving among countries can be more complicated than in the past.

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We went to Spain in early November. It was perfect for us. We spend most of our time in Andalusia though we spent a couple days in Toledo and one in Segovia. I'd say it was low 70s during the day, no rain.

Edited to Add--I do agree with Dick, that for now, it is simpler and lower risk to stay in one country. You might consider Sicily or another part of southern Italy. I will warn you that we had a fair amount of rain in Italy in early November.

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I go to London nearly every November. Weather alternates. Blue skies and sun, a little rain, grey and overcast. Coming from LA where 365 days of sunshine are boring, I adore the changes

Besides it’s London.

Historical, free museums, theatre, parks, the Thames path, street markets, architecture, cathedrals, the Royals, the Tube and pubs.

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It’s difficult trying to work out what “normal” weather is these days. I have been in Spain and Greece in November and had really awful weather - other posters have fared better.

I would stay in Italy and head south, as it’s easier from a Covid perspective. You take a risk in most of mainland Europe in November with the weather. Lisbon or Andalusia would be my suggestions elsewhere.

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One advantage of staying in Italy is not having to deal with more than
one country's Covid rules. Since each country sets its own rules,
including entry, moving among countries can be more complicated than
in the past.

Voting for staying in Italy for the reason above. The COVID situation is just too fluid right now, and I don't expect it to be any better in November. Although I see from prior posts that you've been to Rome, Florence, Riomaggiore, and Venice in the past, there are other corners to explore, and Rome itself would take a lifetime to cover all of its interesting nooks and crannies. :O)

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Thanks everyone! I think we are leaning toward staying in Italy and exploring southern Italy. I have seen rec’s for Sicily. Any other cities not to miss? Positano? Naples?

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I too was going to suggest Sicily.
The advantage being that you will still be in Italy and not be changing countries and navigating more rules and tests in another country.
I love Naples too, there is a lot to do there and may be slightly better weather the further south you go from Rome.

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If you're going to southern Italy you should try to work in a visit to Pompeii. We got there early and spent about 3 hours at the site.

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How long is your trip outside of Rome?

Sicily alone will fill at least a couple of weeks if not more.

Or you could go north to places like Florence, Venice, Bologna, and other surrounding areas. All are easy train trips.

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What about the South-East ? Pulia region - between Bari and Lecce is lovely and different. Oh Oh - and then there is Matera - Truley lovely! :-)