When it comes to travel you really can’t go wrong choosing to visit either the City of Lights or the Eternal city, the Europe’s most popular vacation destinations.
It really is entirely a matter of taste, both cities are beautiful in different ways.
Rome has more friendly weather taking into consideration the entire year. There is more sunny which might be more suitable to some, but very warm from spring on, especially in July.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, in Paris it rains a lot, which makes the summer time being cooler than the other parts of Europe and in August the Parisians are gone-best time to avoid crowding but worst if your interest areas are closed due to the vacation period.
The food in Rome is quite cheap as long as you stay away from the main tourist areas. Comparing both most iconic cities of Europe, everything in Rome seems to be cheaper than Paris which is the one of the world’s most expensive city, joining Singapore and Hong Kong.
Rome has better coffee. No contest. But Paris has the historic “Cafe de fleure”.
The people of Rome (the locals) are very welcoming. They put more value in spare time, family, friends, food, wine and relaxation. They don’t worry about things they can’t control.
In Paris people are all beautiful and well-dressed. They are not as relaxed as Italian people, instead they often complains for insignificant things only for fun or to make conversation, but they are polite and educated.
Rome has a spiritual beauty due to its age. If old architecture is your thing, then Rome is better option. Half of UNESCO’s heritage is in Italy (54 assets on the list in 2018) and half of that is in Rome.
I read somewhere a funny thing that Rome will exist as long as the Colosseum does, so will the world.
Rome is also closed to beaches and I like the warmer weather. I also like that in Rome you can take a quick train to Pisa or Napoli, or if you decide to rent a car will be able to see even Florence as I did.
The sophisticated and romantic Paris has more contemporary art. From my point of view, Rome is visually more interesting but Paris has more charm that cannot be completed with, it is magical at all times of the day.
I’m never bored in Paris. From my point of view Parisians know how to party more than Romans. Paris is just NYC with better cheese.
Rome is fun, wonderful, beautiful, more colored than Paris, but is big and noisy, not exactly relaxing.
Paris is modern, more cosmopolitan and the public transport is far more efficient. It has a whole different vibe. Prices are high. Some of the most famous and impressive museums in the world are located in Paris, withhold various types of art. For me Paris is more about fashion and Rome is more about history.
Paris has more parks, the Seine is more user friendly than the Tiber.
I actually started to have a strong affinity for Rome. But I found Rome to be quite safe, except the Termini area.
I’ve seen like everything in Rome in 4 days, I’ve been in Paris for so many times and I still have a lot to see.
Paris is the city that keeps me coming back again and again.
As a short time Paris resident I do not see on Rome the same magical mood that Paris is filled with. I love Paris I could never stop going there anytime I can.
Despite my subjective choice, for some people, Paris it may seem like any other big and crowded city: sometimes dangerous, with many pickpockets, a lot of garbage in some areas, stinky, quite polluted, with many rude immigrants, but I confess that as long as I lived in Paris I had no incident. And yes, maybe Paris is a little bit overrated due to visitors huge expectations. Paris changed a lot during the last 10 years, even so it continue to has an inexplicably magical “je ne sais quoi”. Paris is about love, style, elegance and good life.
Still remain the questions: the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower, the Vatican city or the Notre Dame? Finally I think you can’t go wrong either way. If you want a cheaper vacation, or if you are more interested in ancient history and culture you have to choose Rome.
If I could have the chance to choose what to visit for the first time between Paris and Rome, I would choose Rome, because Paris would have been the city I’d choose to live in.