Wikipedia listed 144 cities in Italy which include Milan (City of Fashion) and Florence (Cradle of Renaissance). However, the two most recommended cities to travel to are Venice and Rome.
Both cities are some of the most popular and talked about places to visit, 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.
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 on 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.
Facts about Venice:
- Cicchetti, which are small Italian appetizers are very popular in Venice
- Spritz, is one of the most popular drinks here
- In the main city area, there are no buses, cars, etc. Only boats. Or you can get places by walking through the little streets
- Venetians like wearing boots if there is “acqua alta,” which means high water. After all, one of its nicknames is the “City of Water”
- Bird feeding is done a lot here.
- And so is buying masks.
- Has many nicknames: “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “The 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 preserve 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.
Facts about Rome:
- 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
- People in Venice walk more because there are no cars, buses, etc
- Winter can be quite cold in Venice (think zero to 10 °C) and warmer in Rome (10 to 20 °C)
- 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
How long does it take to get from Rome to Venice by train? The fastest way to travel from Rome to Venice is on board the Le Frecce high-speed train. This modern and luxurious train will get you to your destination in around 3 hours and 45 minutes.