20 of the Most Beautiful Cities in the World

Get your passports ready. By Lauren Hubbard

Jennifer Algoo

How do you define a place’s beauty? The shocking blue of a crystalline sea? Elaborate architectural marvels reaching toward the sky? Somewhere rich in history? Whatever form of beauty speaks to you, we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful cities in the world to add to your travel bucket list.

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1. Florence, Italy


Rome may get the credit for being Italy’s most historic city, but for sheer, unadulterated Italian beauty, it’s hard to beat Florence. Take a stroll down any cobblestone street and you’re bound to bump into astonishing piazzas and cathedrals–the skyline dominating cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a cannot-miss–as well as museums and galleries where the absence of mile-long lines belies the presence of some of star works of the Italian masters, including Michelangelo’s iconic David.

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