Famous Cities and Not-As-Famous Counterpart
When you hear cities like Paris, Venice, and Vienna, you think of famous places that are well visited by tourists.
However, there are other cities with those same names that if you go there turns out to be not so famous after all. Who says city names have to be unique?
All data were from Wikipedia (as of April 2011) unless otherwise stated. If you live in one of these cities, don't be offended if I got something wrong or if I neglected to mention something of importance.
Also forgive me if your city deserves to be mentioned, but was not. I know there are more than one Vienna in the United States. There are at least five; I can not possible cover them all. I know there are many more famous places with not-so-famous counterparts. This is still a work in progress.
This article is for entertainment purposes only.
Paris, France - Famous
Paris is the capital of France and is the largest city in France. It is a major tourist attraction with 14.5 million visitors in 2007.
It is well known for its Eiffel Tower which stands 324 meters tall and was the tallest man-made structure in the world at the time of its completion in 1930. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel and hence the name.
Paris is the home of the Louvre, the world's most-visited art museum with over 8 million visitors a year. 12 million visitors go visit Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, and 8 million go visit the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.
Paris, Texas - Not As Famous
The city of Paris located in Texas had a population of little over 9,000 in the 1900.
However, it has grown quite a bit during the years. As of 2010 Census, its population was last counted to be 25,171.
When German film director Wim Wenders produced his film "Paris, Texas", he named it after this city. However, he did not film it there.
The city has less than 100 firefighters. This is because this city is very safe from earthquakes. Its earthquake risk level is rated "Risk Zone 1" -- the lowest risk rating there is.
However, this city does have risk of tornado because it is located in "Tornado Alley".
Venice, Italy - Famous
Venice is a famous tourist destination in northern Italy and has been described by Times Online as being one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
The city is known for its canals and bridges. Gondolas ferry tourists from one point to the next with the gondoliers singing in Italian.
Venice has about 50,000 tourists a day (based on 2007 data). In 2006, it was the world's 28th most visited city in the world.
Venice, FL - Not As Famous
Venice, Florida is a city in Sarasota County in the United States, situated near the Gulf of Mexico.
As of 2007, it had a population of twenty-one thousand and fifteen.
Its newspaper is called the Venice Gondolier Sun, but there is few professional gondoliers in this city. If there are a few, they couldn't sing Italian. And if they did, then not as well as the ones in Italy.
The city has an area of 9.7 square miles, but about 0.6 square miles of it is water.
It does have a large snowbird population. Perhaps they are attracted to the patch of water that it does have.
It hold the title of "Shark's Tooth Capital of The World" and has a festival every year to show off its abundance of fossilized shark's teeth.
Vienna, Austria - Famous
Vienna, Austria is a famous tourist destination for its tradition in the arts including opera, theater, and classical music.
Home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Vienna is where Mozart composed many of his best-known symphonies. Mozart is buried at St. Marx Cemetery in Vienna. Vienna is where famous composer Johann Strauss died and is buried.
Ranked 8th among the "Top 25 Livable Cities" in 2010.
Vienna, VA - Not As Famous
Vienna Virgina is a town of 15,687 (as of 2010) in Fairfax Country.
The largest employer is Navy Federal Credit Union.
Patrick Henry Library located in Vienna is operated by the Fairfax County Public Library system.
The American poet Sandra Beasley was born in Vienna, Virgina. She wrote Theories of Falling and won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize.
The town has a good public school system.
It has a downtown with a hiking and biking trail that cuts through the center of town in which are located many small businesses.
The Washington Metrorail station has a large parking structure and is the terminus of the Orange Line.
Naples, Italy - Famous
Being the third largest city in Italy, after Rome and Milan, tourists from all across the globe come visit Naples to see its piazzas, places, castles, and museums.
And many of them try its Neapolitan pizza, Neapolitan ice cream, and other Neapolitan cuisine. Afterall, pizza was invented in Naples.
The historical center of Naples is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Naples, Florida - Not As Famous
Naples in Florida has a population of around 20,000 as of 2007.
Because Naples is close to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, it is often visited by ecotourists.
Naples has a high-cost of living as well as a high quality of life.
It was listed by Yahoo Finance article in 2009 as the top 10 "pricey cities that pay off" saying that Naples ...
"This city on the southwest coast of Florida has the eighth-highest quality of life. But it ranks 10th in amenity value because it's not very productive."
There are no colleges or university in the City of Naples; however Florida Gulf Coast University is nearby.
This article was written in 2011 and is only opinion at the time of writing. The statistics indicated may be outdated by the time you read this. If you read this, remember that this is a humor article with fact obtained from Wikipedia (which can on occasions be wrong).