Friday, December 9th, 2016

Rome vs. Milan

Rome and Milan, two of the most important Italian cities, are a must-visit for any European explorer, but if pressed for time, which one should you visit? Not only are these cities geographically miles apart, they also couldn’t be farther apart in terms of style, cultural delights and atmosphere. They each pride themselves on their distinct cuisine.

It’s not hard to understand why history and architecture lovers flock to Rome. All the sites you read about in the tourist guides—the Colosseum , the Vatican, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, just to mention a few—are all incredibly impressive in real life. They’re also easy to get to thanks to Rome’s efficient public transport system, although I actually prefer to wear sensible shoes and wander from place to place on foot. This ancient city not only boasts World Heritage sites on almost every corner, but great shops, wonderful  food and a nightlife you won’t want to miss out on. Real history buffs can also easily travel on to Pompeii by train for a day trip to that spectacularly well-preserved ancient city.

But if it’s modern cultural wonders that you’re after, then Milan is the place for you. Why not marvel over the biggest Italian fashion houses and designer shops, all conveniently situated in a single area of the city: the Quadrilatero d’Oro – the golden rectangle. While Milan isn’t as famed for its historical sites and religious art as Rome, you can still explore the magnificent Duomo, the world’s third largest church, and DaVinci’s Last Supper, one of the world’s most revered works of art.

What’s more, Milan is the perfect gateway to the stunning Lake Como, beloved by celebrities and millionaires from around the world. Hire a car and Lake Como’s southern tip is only an hour away, where you can explore the lake by boat, gawp at the beautiful mansions along the shore, brave the funicular railway up the mountain or get lost in the winding streets of Como’s old town.

Whether you choose Milan or Rome you’ll get a warm welcome- Italians just love to show you their country. Children are particularly welcome and will be treated like princes and princesses wherever you go.

Getting there: check out cheap flights to Rome leaving the UK every day a well as a range of flights to Italy from Monarch Airlines.