Rome Vs Paris – Showdown of Romantic Getaways

Written By: The Planet D

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.

Romantic Getaways – Rome Vs Paris

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?

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The Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower?

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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.

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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 peeking over the rooftops! Check out these Best Paris Hotels with Eiffel Tower Views

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The Vatican City or Notre Dame?

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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.

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Note: Notre Dame was partially destroyed in 2019, but as of May 31 parts are open to the public. The towers, treasures and crypt are currently closed.

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.

French or Italian Cuisine

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Dave enjoying his Delicious Pizza

Personally, when it comes to the 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.

However, having said that, you do have to give the French some credit.

Dining Locations in Paris

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It all comes back to the food!

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.

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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