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Old 10-17-2011, 12:27 AM
 
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There's so much more to Europe than just Italy...it almost seems like the cliche American tourist destination.

Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Greece, etc., have so much to see as well. Does anybody else also think Italy is uber predictable?
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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There's so much more to Europe than just Italy...it almost seems like the cliche American tourist destination.

Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Greece, etc., have so much to see as well. Does anybody else also think Italy is uber predictable?

Who cares what is predictable and where people want to go? What matters is where they want to go and what they are interested in.

I think Italy seems like a really cool place to visit, and if that's where they want to go, then they shouldn't have to go to a different country to not appear "predictable"
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Greece, etc., have so much to see as well. Does anybody else also think Italy is uber predictable?
europe is uber predictable
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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There's so much more to Europe than just Italy...it almost seems like the cliche American tourist destination.

Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Greece, etc., have so much to see as well. Does anybody else also think Italy is uber predictable?
Well, I think , for one , most people have a limited travel budget or amount of vacation time so they are forced to narrow it down to the place they want to see "the most" -even though you are correct that many other countries have interesting worthwhile things to see and do....

Maybe -it's because more people study or learn about Roman History in school so they are more interested in visting those places?

Maybe it's a "keeping up with the Jones" thing? That's where they think everyone else would like to go? Or you meet more people who have already been so you get more "you just have to go......"

Maybe it's the perception of "perfect weather"? I live in San Diego - a nearly flawless climate IMO I meet lots of people when I travel that want to come here because of our weather....

Maybe its because when I think of movies that take place in Italy - its The Talented Mr Ripley, Roman Holiday, etc.... thrillers, romantic movie, and movies that "star" the scenery....

I think alot of Americans don't like to get outside their comfort zone too much either.... so I think they like the idea of visting a place where they feel like they already know the social rules, or English is likely to be spoken and the food recognizable?
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I'm a people and I don't ALWAYS think of Italy.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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It almost seems like the cliche American tourist destination.
Cliche's develop for reason.
That X became overused doesn't mean the underlying reasons for the popularity of X disappear.

Italy= great food, great art, great architecture, great traveling infrastructure, great variety in topography,
and (especially as it applies to the infrequent traveler) the highest number of opportunities for experiences
that can/will lead to topics of conversation with friends based in common experience upon their return home.

hth

eta... According to my adult kid,s going to Prague is now becoming cliche.
c'est la vie

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Old 10-17-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Cliche's develop for reason.
That X became overused doesn't mean the underlying reasons for the popularity of X disappear.

Italy= great food, great art, great architecture, great traveling infrastructure, great variety in topography,
and (especially as it applies to the infrequent traveler) the highest number of opportunities for experiences
that can/will lead to topics of conversation with friends based in common experience upon their return home.

hth

eta... According to my adult kid,s going to Prague is now becoming cliche.
c'est la vie
You forgot warmer weather.

I rarely think of Italy yet I visit there about once a year. I live in Germany and travel quite a bit. I was camping in France just last week.

Why does it matter to anyone where someone else wants to travel?
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: southern california
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not me never went ---lived for years in france.

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Old 10-17-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Greece, etc., have so much to see as well.
Scandinavia, or rather, Nordic countries: With cheaper than cheap airfares, millions of Americans have "discovered" Iceland every year in the last five years.

Eastern Europe: Prague is full of American tourists, and since Budapest is practically next door, more and more people are checking it out each year. Croatia will be a "cliché" soon.

Greece (especially Athens and Santorini) has been a "cliché" for more than a decade. Where have you been?
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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Cliche's develop for reason.
That X became overused doesn't mean the underlying reasons for the popularity of X disappear.


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Italy= great food, great art, great architecture, great traveling infrastructure, great variety in topography, and (especially as it applies to the infrequent traveler) the highest number of opportunities for experiences that can/will lead to topics of conversation with friends based in common experience upon their return home.




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According to my adult kid,s going to Prague is now becoming cliche.
Same as London, Paris, Southern France, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Dublin, Athens, Santorini, etc. The OP must have forgotten about other "cliché" destinations in the world.
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