When it comes to a romantic city break, Paris and Rome are always top contenders for places to go to sweep your partner off their feet in a romantic, exciting and culture filled few days. With both cities offering many similar advantages, when it comes to making the decision you have to ask yourself – are you a Roman or a Parisian?
The Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower?
Two world renowned landmarks – it’s hard to tell which one is more famous! Both are incredibly magical places to visit in their own right, and are an important part of European history. So which to choose? A trip back in time to 82 AD, a visit to a mighty Roman ruin where men either ‘made history or were history’? Or perhaps you would prefer to see the incredible Parisian structure which dominates Paris’ skyline – the beauty of the Eiffel Tower is that no matter where you are in the city you can almost always spot the tip of the tower peaking over the rooftops! Imagine being able to watch the Eiffel tower sparkling at night from the comfort of your very own Paris apartment in the city centre with All-Paris-Apartments.com? Oh la la!
The Vatican City or the Notre Dame?
There is no denying that the Vatican City is the holy capital of the world and also home to the biggest and greatest church – St Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican is lavishly decorated from its marble floor to its expertly painted ceilings, and even if you’re not a Catholic, you will no doubt still be able to appreciate and admire the grandness of the church. You could say the Notre Dame is quaint in comparison to the Vatican, but when it comes to romance, perhaps visiting a less ostentatious building may be more your cup of tea. Often referred to Europe’s finest example of Gothic architecture, the Notre Dame de Paris is certainly an impressive cathedral worthy of a visit.
Pizza or Frog’s legs?
Personally when it comes to cuisine I don’t believe there’s any competition – for me Italian wins hands down every time. Pasta, pizza… you can never go wrong! A great idea whilst on holiday in Italy is to explore your local supermarket and try out the local Italian delights firsthand – even better is if you decide to rent an apartment in Rome with Oh-Rome.com, so you retreat back to your cosy flat at the end of a hard day’s sightseeing and look forward to a lovely home cooked romantic dinner.
However, having said that, you do have to give the French some credit. In terms of dining locations, Paris is a prime romantic dining city, with its infinite number of quaint bars, bistros and cafés. I also have to admit there is a lot more to French food than frog’s legs – coq au vin, beef bourguignon and fondue are all fantastic meals, and that’s without even sampling the wine, cheese and of course ‘la baguette’!
Overall, both cities are bursting with fantastic things to see, do and discover. Whether you decide to live ‘la vie parisienne’ for a few days or you want a taste of Rome, you’ll be guaranteed to leave either city with beautiful memories.
Guest writer: Francesca is a French and Spanish student at the University of Bath, UK, currently living and working in Barcelona. She spent last summer in Paris and travels to Rome frequently to visit her grandmother. She loves travelling and Italian food!
Photos of Vatican, Colosseum Pizza and Frog legs from Wikipedia