Not really an answer, but an opinion... I found Rome to overly touristic and generally disappointing and I'm not sure about Milan as I've not been. However, northern italy (for me) was a lot better to travel than the south... in particular, Cinque Terre is beautiful, Assisi is cute and Venice is a must but don't stay too long (there's better places). about 6 years ago
I live in rome and I have to tell you that rome is everything but not a tourist city,well of courser there-s a number of tourists more higher than milan but it's a unique city with its little beautiful street and the most beautiful is to see how living in centre is similar to live in a little village with all that is ancient and unique.wirh its big park and ruins it takes you to another world and is not cahotic if you know the right places to go..well..is your decision of course,so best wishes!!! about 6 years ago
I'd have to agree that Rome is magnificent. I've been to Italy on a number of occassions and still find Rome very much alive - tourists or no tourists! If you've never been before, the many sights tourists often go are still wonderful, Trevi Fountain or Spanish steps late at night can be very romantic, and the Roman Pantheon was built 2,000 years ago and remains the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
Then there is the other way to look at Rome: just wander. Get lost, you can always use a map to find your way back. These are the best experiences I've had in this wonderful city ... piping hot street pizza with the locals during a thunderstorm, quiet streets and parks with nothing to see except real life.
Rome rewards time.
Having said that, Italy in general is a great country to visit - Venice might look like a theme park but it is quite a unique destination. The coast around Amalfi south of Naples can be exceptional, again if you avoid the obvious and are prepared to wander and explore. Hire a scooter and explore the tiny hill towns in and around Siena in Tuscany - very romantic.
And then there is the everyday Italy that you haven't even started on yet!
Have a great trip! about 6 years ago
I have been to both and I would definitely recommend Rome over Italy. I think it's much more beautiful and though the Duomo Cathedral is very impressive I think that's the only site I was really impressed by - whereas there are many in Rome. The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica are all amazing and worth visiting.
If you have time I would recommend Florence. It was one of my favourite places - is a very special place. I actually preferred it to either Rome or Milan. My other favourite place in Italy was the Island of Capri. You catch a boat there from Naples (though I won't bother with Naples itself - very industrial). about 6 years agoAnswered by Verity via WorldNomads.com
I live in Italy and often visit both cities,however anytime I go to Roma,Venezia,Firenze I get a special feeling like the first time. Discovering Italy at best is probably better travelling in minor cities; Tuscany is a perfect spot to get authentic italian experience.
Chianti area, San Gimignano , Lucca are not to miss about 6 years ago
We had two weeks. If it's the same for you, you can cover Rome, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Venice and Milan! but Italy is a place where you need more time to explore. Even if you go back to the same cities, there'd still be a lot more to see and enjoy. over 5 years ago