In the last five years, I have found myself in Italy three times and each time I go there are two cities I visit each and every single time. Those two cities are Venice and Rome. Both cities are some of the most popular and talked about places to visit when in the boot, but both have different characteristics and lifestyles.
Before I get to the simple straightforward differences, you should know that my personal opinion is that, if you decide to go to Italy, you should visit both instead of one. Granted, I am aware that due to time constraints, some of you may have to pick one or the other. So, that is the reason I am putting this blog post together.
If you’d like to get more in-depth experiences one each of the cities, feel free to read any of my other articles.
Venice is located in the northeastern part of Italy. It’s the capital of the Veneto region and close to other cities such as Padova and Verona. Venice is known for its canals, small streets, gondolas and bridges. There are no cars or buses, so the city is not as noisy or polluted as others. However, depending at which local attraction you are viewing, many parts of the city are superbly crowded with tourists. For example, when you’re on the Rialto bridge, it’s a struggle to get through and get a good look at the shops, simply because it’s that crowded.
However, one of the most peaceful moments one can have in Venice, is a ride on a gondola. Yes, its cliche, and many locals see it as a touristic thing, it is. Regardless, it’s an experience you can’t skip when in Venice.
Overall, Venice is one of those cities that can never be duplicated or replaced. Truthfully, there is no city like it. The buildings, streets and the Canal Grande are out of this world. It feels like stepping into a postcard of a town so far away, you can’t possibly imagine getting there by bus, train or plane. It’s that stunning. Truly.
- Cicchetti, which are small Italian appetizers are very popular in Venice
- Spritz, is one of the most popular drinks here
- There are no buses, cars, etc. Only boats. Or you can get places by walking through the little streets
- Venetians wear boots if there is “acqua alta,” which means high water. Afterall, one of its nicknames is the “City of Water”
- Bird feeding is done a lot here
- And so is buying masks (I bought myself one during my first visit)
- Has many nicknames: “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”
Rome is the capital of Italy and one of the most sought out tourist destinations right next to London and Paris. Rome is known and treasured for its long history. In fact, the city’s historical landmarks are the thriving epicenter of their economy. So many people visit throughout each year and spend tons of money visiting places like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, etc, that the city itself well preserves these locations with renovations and updates to keep the economy thriving.
Rome, is one of those cities you just have to visit at least once in your lifetime, the simple feeling you get of just knowing you’re in Rome, is thrilling. Walking through the streets, getting a glimpse of the daily roman lifestyle is wonderful. At nights, the golden lights throughout the city make for the most romantic evenings. Even if you’re not traveling with a loved one, those lights will just make you fall in love with life itself. The architecture, the landmarks and the historic value is immense and is perfect for taking in that European lifestyle.
- Rome is famous for bacon and pork sandwiches
- Is one of the oldest cities in Europe
- Vatican city is located right by Rome, this is where you can find the Vatican, home of the pope
- Is widely recognized as a fashion world capital and has one of the most expensive shopping streets, Via dei Condotti
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ROME AND VENICE
People in Venice walk more because there are no cars, buses, etc
Romans eat more pasta, while Venetians eat more fish
Rome is bigger, compared to Venice
Hotels are more expensive in Venice than in Rome
Rome is famous for gladiators while Venice is famous for vessels
Romans can be more friendly but also more stubborn
WHERE SHOULD YOU GO?
I think that both Venice and Rome are places YOU MUST GO TO. But if you must only pick one I suggest you take this quiz to decide.
QUIZ:::::::: ARE YOU MORE VENETIAN OR ROMAN?
FOR OTHER ARTICLES ON OTHER ITALIAN CITIES SELECT BELOW:
VERONA: Lets Fall In Love In Verona.