Venice, Rome, or Milan? Which Italian destination is for you?’
Italy offers a Mediterranean climate, breathtaking landscape, internationally acclaimed cuisine, and cultural riches dating back centuries, but which of her headline destinations, Venice, Rome or Milan, is best for you?
Flick through the slideshow below for a taste test of all three:
Would you like to sample the cultural delights in Rome?
Ah! The 'Eternal City'! Rome is home to countless cultural and architectural attractions, from the ruined palaces and temples of ancient empires, like the Pantheon, the Forum and the Colosseum, to less ancient antiquities like the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican Museum, filled with wonderful art and other beautiful treasures.
And of course all this art and culture isn't just for people who love to wander historic surroundings, it's also very romantic.
Rome also has modern style, and you can pick up some of your own souvenirs to this on the fashionable Via Condotti, on which you'll find everything from quaint boutiques to lavish, internationally famous emporiums.
It's not all ancient, modern Rome also has nightlife of all shapes and sizes, and of course a wonderful selection of restaurants, open all hours.
Or taste the romance of Venice?
Venice, as Lord Byron once put it, is 'a fair city of the heart', a magical place seeming to float on ancient waterways, in traffic-less peace and quiet. This is a place to stroll with your beloved, through beautiful squares and past wonderful churches, into narrow streets that are full of surprises.
You'll want to take a spin on the canals, stop off in more than one of the restaurants and bars (probably Harry's, probably to try a Bellini, don't be shy, everyone does it) to watch the world float by, sample the gastronomic goods of the Rialto Markets and take a peek inside every church that you see – some of them have some grandiose and spectacular art work.
Or strut with fashionistas in Milan?
Milan is best known for being one of fashion's 'to watch' cities. Her catwalks, and boutiques, have been graced with the most famous fashion names on the planet, but there's more to this city than just shopping for your next 'I'm-going-to-have-this-for-the-next-20-years' handbag.
Milan is also passionate about football.
And opera – La Scala.
And the Grand Prix.
And she has some wonderful architecture and museums and galleries stocked with treasures.
And Milan is also known for its civilised foody culture, since the 1980s the aperitivo hour, has been The social affair of Milan. Gourmets should parade to the Isola quarter, but there are plenty of decent bars and restaurants lining the heaving city centre streets.
While Venice is for strolling, and in Rome you might hire a Vespa, in Milan you could also hire a bike.
This may have only made your decision harder, but maybe you can make time to do at least two of these Italian gems.
Comments, questions and reviews by other travellers
There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?