Rome or Florence: which destination suits your passions?

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Your heart swings between Rome and Florence? If the Eternal City is attractive with its monuments and cultural sites, difficult to give up the joys of an escapade in the heart of the cradle of the Italian artistic Renaissance. Especially since each destination is a must for anyone passionate about art and cultural discoveries.

Rome VS Florence: the comparison criteria

To help you make the right choice, we suggest you discover Rome, rightly nicknamed the “Eternal City”, and Florence, the capital of Tuscany, through comparison criteria such as climate and weather, budget to plan, cultural attractions and activities to do for a weekend getaway or for a week.

Rome is the capital of Italy. It is famous for its monuments and sites dating from Roman times and the Vatican City, seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Rome is also popular for its sweetness of life, reflected by the atmosphere in its many squares, such as Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo and many more.

St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

Florence, the capital of Tuscany is the cradle of the Italian artistic Renaissance. It is therefore essential for its many museums, but also for its superb squares and historic centers including the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Which city to choose according to the climate and the weather?

To determine which city is the most welcoming, we chose the one that has many days with ideal climatic conditions for an urban getaway.

Best weather forecast: Rome

Rome and Florence are characterized by a Mediterranean climate resulting in a mild winter and a hot summer. Only the winter temperatures in Rome are less cold compared to those in Florence. Likewise, during the summer season, the climatic conditions in Rome are particularly magnificent, with beautiful sunny and warm days while in Florence one can always expect a few rainy days. From a climatic point of view, the city of Rome prevails over Florence, which is relatively rainy, during the transition seasons.

The Trevi fountain in Rome

Which city to choose according to the price of plane tickets?

The price of the plane ticket may greatly influence the travel budget, therefore, it is advisable to take it into account when choosing the best destination.

The cheapest average round trip price: Rome

This time again, it is the Eternal City which holds the palm of the most advantageous destination. Indeed, the average price for a return trip to Rome from Paris airport is around 125 €. If during the low season, in January for example, the price of a return ticket Paris-Rome-Paris is around 88 €, during the high tourist season, it can wait for 210 €.

The destination to choose according to your budget

For a successful trip, it is important to prepare your budget. We were interested in the prices of goods and services in Rome and Florence in order to designate the most advantageous destination.

The cheapest city: Rome

Following the comparison of expenses relating to the main expenditure items such as accommodation, restaurant, activities and public transport, it turned out that the daily cost in Rome is cheaper than that in Florence. The difference is justified by the price of accommodation. Indeed, against all expectations, Rome offers a wide choice of accommodation at a relatively affordable price, compared to Florence.

Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome

Quality of life: health, safety, pollution

To choose the destination where life is good, we were interested in safety and health. Which city is more secure: Rome or Florence?

It is good to live in Rome as well as in Florence

According to our comparison criteria, the city of Rome is as pleasant as the city of Florence. Indeed, the time when Florence was considered a dangerous city is over! And like other popular tourist destinations, Rome has a few delinquents.

Which city to choose according to travelers' opinions: Rome or Florence?

If we refer to the opinions of travelers who differ according to their own criteria, the average age of travelers and their favorite activities, it is difficult to decide between Rome and Florence.

Travelers prefer: Rome and Florence

Those who take into consideration the romantic character and cultural interest unhesitatingly choose the city of Rome. Indeed, how to resist the call of the Trevi Fountain and the Sistine Chapel visit in Vatican City? But those who are interested in italian renaissance art and the authentic character of the city opt for Florence.

Santa Croce Square in Florence

Which destination to choose for a weekend or a week: Rome or Florence?

The time available for a romantic or family getaway influences the quality of the stay. Indeed, a tourist visit is more appreciable when one has more time.

For a romantic weekend, prefer Florence

To fully appreciate a romantic getaway for a weekend, it is better to choose activities that allow you to rekindle the flames of amorous passion. Why not stroll in the superb squares of Florence?

The arches of the Vasari Corridor in Florence

For a week, prefer Rome

You won't have time to be bored in Rome, thanks with many cultural sites and magnificent squares, to discover without haste. Especially since Rome also lends itself to a romantic stay.

The Colosseum in Rome

Which city to choose, depending on the places of interest to visit?

The interest of an urban getaway lies in the satisfaction of discovering many places, tourist sites and in the possibility of diversifying the activities.

The city with the most UNESCO listed sites: Rome

No city can compete with Rome in terms of UNESCO heritage sites. Indeed, 6 of the 52 Unesco sites and monuments in Italy are in Rome, while Florence has only one: the historic center of Florence.

The Roman Forums of Rome

The most cultural destination: Rome and Florence

By housing half of the works preserved in Italy and 20% of works classified as Unesco heritage, Florence is undoubtedly a cultural destination! But it is difficult for all that to compete with Rome and its ruins from Roman times like the Colosseum or the Roman Forum.

View of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

So which is your choice: Rome or Florence?

After comparisons of several criteria, everything suggests that Rome remains the preferred destination, whether for a fan of cultural discovery only for lovers of romantic getaways. Note however that the city of Florence, its historic center, its superb squares can also surprise urban getaway lovers. And you what is your choice? Tell us in the comments!

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