Skip Navigation

Holiday to Italy

Travel Forums Europe Holiday to Italy

1. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

My family (five of us, I have two younger sisters) and another family (four of them, their kids slightly elder than me) are planning a holiday to Italy next summer.

I've been desperate to go to Rome for ages. I want to visit the old churches and the numerous other things Rome has to offer. Especially since reading Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown (I'm aware that some of the "factual" parts of his novels are sketchy!) I've become very interested in art history, and I've done loads of research myself and I've been converted (even more so than I was before!)

So yeah, I want to go to Rome.

However, my friend went to Venice not to long ago. She had a great holiday, but every single time I ask her what she did or get into a discussion about it she just talks about the gondolla ride. She's not particulary bright and yeah just says it was amazing but doesn't talk about the history or archetecture or anything. Obviously I wouldn't turn down a trip to Venice but Rome is way further up my priority list.

I hear also that Birmingham has more canals than Venice, and that Venice is not actually the beautiful romantic city it is protrayed as. Is this true? The canals are the only bit you hear about...So what else is there?

My mum also wants to go to Venice, and always has done, and so yeah, I got ganged up on by everyone except my friend (the girls brother) who wants to go to Rome as well, for similar reasons.

Can anyone tell me which city is best and especially give me some ammunition to use against my mum about Venice? A gondola ride yeah, it would be cool, but I can go up to Cambridge and punt down a canal there.

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

I haven't been to Venice but from what I've heard from people who don't take gondolas, because they r mad expensive, there's much more than that. Italia has some really beautiful cities, they don't need plenty of monuments etc, they are simply beautiful. But I'm not sure what's on Venice.
If you're willing to spend a few days there I'd go for Roma, because it is a big city and there's much to see and because i am not sure if venice has anything interesting once you get away from the city

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Venice is amazing - go if you can. The whole place is so beautful and unique - from the alley streets, to the lack of cars, to the water taxis, the views, the history. The gondola ride is a bit expensive, but you can skip it - or invest in a nice memory. If you can, stay in Rome and venice instead of choosing. They're just a train ride apart.

4. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y

Cool, thanks for the replies.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to go to Venice...But I don't really want to travel to Venice just to see canals...But if it has a lot of interesting history and what have you I'll be right at home...

When you say Venice has a lack of cars, do you mean that the bit everyone goes to is car-less? Or that there actually aren't any cars anywhere?

5. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 9y

Venice is the most beautiful city at least in Italy. Rome is more interesting for his 360 degrees activities, while Venice is a more quiet city. But you are telling us you're interested in art history. Venice will be your paradise. You will discover an art masterpiece everywhere you will go. The city itself is a museeum. But Venice region has much more to offer...esp the food.
Roma is less beautiful (compared to the timeless grace of Venice, which JRR Tolkien compared to an elvish town) but more interesting and energetic. Be careful: the heat in Rome is able to knock down locals, let alone a visitor coming from England

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

Venice has no roads because of the canals, so unless someone invents a really really tiny car that can go up and down stairs, then it's virtually impossible to drive there.

7. Posted by pjdscott (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

We've been to Venice, Rome and Birmingham and thoroughly enjoyed them all! venice is great - I suspect your friend blagged on about her gondola ride because it was probably mega-expensive. It's far cheaper to take the public transport water taxis. Venice is amazing but -- be warned -- expensive, particularly for accommodation. A far cheaper alternative is to stay on the nearby mainland (Mestre, for example) and take the train to Venice. try a test booking on Expedia and you will see what I mean.

Rome is also expensive but has so much to offer. You could stay there for weeks and still not explore all the famous antiquities. It is well located and train travel is relatively cheap in Italy - certainly a lot cheaper than the UK. I would do a search in Expedia and it will give you an idea of prices (but I suspect you're not footing the bill!!).

You're absolutely right about Birmingham - it has more canals than Venice. For our honeymoon we hired a barge and sailed around the backwaters of Birmingham, beautiful Stourbridge and district.

I hope you get to Italy - have a great time.