‘Should I visit Rome or Venice?’ – a common dilemma for those trying to choose between two of Italy’s most magnificent cities. Both locations are particularly popular with tourists and both offer a very different experience of the country, each with their own pros and cons. 

Rome was referred to as the ‘eternal city’ by the ancient Romans who believed that the country’s capital would always stay standing, and many of its spectacular historical buildings, monuments and artworks have stood the test of time and made it a fascinating blend of history and modernity. Venice on the other hand is a more transient location; the city is slowly sinking into the lagoon that it ‘floats’ on and is predicted to be underwater in the next century. For now though, it remains a beautiful and unique part of Italy, built on over 100 small islands that are connected by bridges, canals and waterways. 

Each destination is rich in culture, steeped in history and full of things to see and do, and trying to decide where to go can seem impossible! To help you choose whether Rome or Venice is better to visit, we’ve put together this guide of what each city has to offer.