Rome versus Florence, the eternal battle between two of Italy’s most important cities will never cease. The rivalry is real and the rivalry is fierce, but each of these two epic destinations has a lot to offer the discerning traveler.

Rome is the nation’s capital and its largest city, a sprawling megalopolis that was once the center of the known world. There are ruins, museums and fantastic food, to name just a few of the great things to do in Rome. Florence, on the other hand, is the cradle of the Renaissance, a large but never overbearing city that’s brimming with culture and art.

To help you decide which city is right for you, we’re running you through the best and the worst that Rome and Florence have to offer!

Florence Cityscape