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Historic city of Florence

Florence, Italy

The secrets of Tuscany’s most populous city are nearly impossible to unravel in just one trip. Some of its charms are easy to see just walking around: The UNESCO World Heritage designated historic center, with Medici palaces, Renaissance churches, and bridges arching over the Arno. The legacies of Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Dante. Pieces of art that are, simply, some of the most famous in the world: Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Primavera, and Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes. But aside from the obvious attractions, there are so many little details that make this city a T+L reader favorite. Respondents praised its romantic atmosphere, walkable streets, excellent public transportation, hidden gardens, lamp-lit piazzas, people watching, shopping, gelato, bistecca alla Fiorentina, and multitude of day-trip options in the surrounding countryside. “Florence’s enchantment is endless,” said one reader, “even down to the doorknobs.”

Source: Travel and Leisure

Seine in Paris

Paris, France

“It’s hard not to love Paris,” said one reader, summing up the general tenor of this year’s comments. “Paris has always had my heart,” said another. And for good reason: there’s so much to see, starting with iconic sites like the Louvre and the Père Lachaise Cemetery. (After a devastating fire in 2019, Notre Dame has partially reopened.) And within Paris’s Baroque buildings and Hausmannian blocks, a thriving, multicultural creative scene is lifting up cutting-edge design and international cuisine from North Africa and beyond. The enduring countercultural spirit remains. “It’s changing, but still so good,” said one reader. “Paris is Paris.”

Source: Travel and Leisure

Morning light over Rome. Vatican window

Rome, Italy

It’s called the Eternal City for a reason: Italy’s capital has been attracting pilgrims, foreign dignitaries, and leisure tourists since, well, forever. And while most of the main attractions are centuries old, this is a living, breathing city with plenty of appeal for those seeking a more modern form of fun. Hip neighborhoods like Pigneto and Garbatella are worth a visit, as are the city’s many galleries, wine bars, boutiques, and stellar restaurants. As one reader put it: “The meals here are some of the best in the world — and a bottle of wine with lunch isn’t frowned upon!”

Source: Travel and Leisure

Seville, Spain cityscape with Plaza de Espana

Seville, Spain

This city has everything,” wrote one reader, “though it often feels more like a town, because of the relaxed nature of the people.” Seville, the capital and largest city of Andalusia, has all you’d want to find in southern Spain: Mudéjar arts and architecture, typified by the Alcázar palace; fabulous public spaces like the Plaza de España; and orange trees and tapas bars as far as the eye can see. For one voter, “Seville’s beauty is unparalleled.”

Source: Travel and Leisure

Cityscape of Athens

Athens, Greece

Trendier than ever, Athens is a city in constant evolution. Tradition meets modernity in museums and shops, restaurants and bars. Together with Rome, Athens is the cradle of our civilizations, an incredibly dynamic, lively, sparkling open-air museum. With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens effortlessly merges the past with the present. A city of paradoxes and great contrasts, in the country that first invented courtesy and generosity towards people who are far from their home, hospitality (xenia) reigns supreme. An intellectual beacon of the ancient world with spectacular Mediterranean landscapes bathed in the famous light, Athens is a sophisticated cosmopolitan hub with many gastronomic offers, lively nightlife and a booming art scene.

Source: Forbes

The Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Coratia

It may be a little overrun with Game Of Thrones tourists, but there’s always been a certain magic to this limestone citadel on the Adriatic. And what’s often forgotten is what a great starting point it is for a proper adventure. To the south, it’s less than an hour’s drive past the sleepy harbor towns of the Dubrovnik Riviera to Montenegro. To the north, it’s less than three hours to Mostar, an exquisite Bosnian town of fairy lit millhouse restaurants and Ottoman stone bridges, not far from the Kravice waterfalls, with a turquoise swimmable lagoon surrounded by Niagara-like falls. But the other way to go is seaward, towards the car-free, tumbledown Elaphiti islands of Koločep, Sipan and Lopud, easily reached by local ferries.

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