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.
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.