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43 Prettiest Cities In The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/05/10 04:32 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

Call us biased, but we're city people. We love the many food options, the ability to walk around, the architecture, the diversity, the culture, the shopping, among so much else that make cities great.

The other factor to take into account, though, is the beauty of the place. Is it modern? Gothic? Classic? A mixture?

These places below have all of that and more. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here is our list for the prettiest cities in the world. We're sure you'll have an opinion about prettier cities, so them to us!

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  • Florence, Italy

  • Marrakesh, Morocco

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Vancouver, Canada

  • Cape Town, South Africa

  • Venice, Italy

  • San Francisco, California

  • Tokyo, Japan

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Istanbul, Turkey

  • Chicago, Illinois

  • Prague, Czech Republic

  • Paris, France

  • London, England

    <em>Flickr: Dimitry B</em>

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/NelsonZee"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/NelsonZee">NelsonZee</a>:<br />A city of canals, like Venice, but with everyone riding bikes and looking healthy.

  • New York, NY

    <em>Flickr: David Berkowitz</em>

  • Lyon, France

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bernard_Guillot"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Bernard_Guillot">Bernard Guillot</a>:<br />La colline de Fourvière vue des quais de Saône. B. Guillot Juin 2006.

  • Zurich, Switzerland

    <em>Flickr: Kim Briggs</em>

  • L'viv, Ukraine

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Arthur_Greene"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Arthur_Greene">Arthur Greene</a>:<br />The L'viv Opera House

  • Pittsburgh. PA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dge"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dge">dge</a>:<br />

  • Stockholm, Sweden

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ckinsobe"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/718432335/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ckinsobe">ckinsobe</a>:<br />

  • Dublin, Ireland

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Breslin"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Breslin">Breslin</a>:<br />The Custom House in Dublin on the banks of the Liffey

  • BOSTON

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/organic01"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/organic01">organic01</a>:<br />Back Bay skyline over the Charles River

  • Salzburg, Austria

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/freakygeek17"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/freakygeek17">freakygeek17</a>:<br />

  • Old Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/stopgeorge"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/stopgeorge">stopgeorge</a>:<br />You will not find a more European experience in North America. In the winter, it is something out of a Dicken's novel. A wonderful historic old city.

  • Victoria BC

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dual45"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dual45">dual45</a>:<br />

  • Monte Carlo, Monaco

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Zabin_Mansoor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Zabin_Mansoor">Zabin Mansoor</a>:<br />view from my hotel room

  • Reykjavik, Iceland

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Peter_James"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/34005234/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Peter_James">Peter James</a>:<br />

  • Antigua, Guatemala

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TravelBeard"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1588120293/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TravelBeard">TravelBeard</a>:<br />One of the loveliest cities most haven't visited, Antigua is a colonial gem, cradled by a valley surrounded by volcanoes, and blessed with spring-like temperatures year round.

  • Rome

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CupOJoe"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/146689-tiny.png?20091223172814" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CupOJoe">CupOJoe</a>:<br />The Eternal City, perhaps the most famous of them all.

  • Birmingham England

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Americulchie"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/990705-tiny.png?20100426162504" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Americulchie">Americulchie</a>:<br />Home of the Industrial Revolution

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Coloradem"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/466930-tiny.png?20091015162513" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Coloradem">Coloradem</a>:<br />Any list of "beautiful cities of the world" would not be complete without the inclusion of Buenos Aires. Beautiful parks and open spaces, amazing architecture...this city has it all.

  • Seattle, WA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kate_aloha"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/519869534/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kate_aloha">kate aloha</a>:<br />How can anyone not love Seattle. The Cascades on on side, the Olympics on the other. Clear and clean rivers, lakes and the Puget Sound provide hours of activities. Seattle has beautiful architecture and great parks abound.

  • Lausanne, Switzerland

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kiki_Ramsey"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/633530843/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kiki_Ramsey">Kiki Ramsey</a>:<br />

  • Bruges, Belgium

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kiki_Ramsey"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/633530843/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kiki_Ramsey">Kiki Ramsey</a>:<br />

  • Edinburgh

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/abmarshall"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/abmarshall">abmarshall</a>:<br />The most beautiful city

  • Todi , Italy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Gebby"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1135542240/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Gebby">Gebby</a>:<br />Todi, Italy

  • Hong Kong

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Collin_Hawkins"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/206200407/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Collin_Hawkins">Collin Hawkins</a>:<br />View of Victoria Harbour at night.

  • Monaco...timeless...splendid...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Meldy1"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1721607378/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Meldy1">Meldy1</a>:<br />beyond beauty and serenity(besides luxury)...

  • La Habana

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Onethought"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1048228-tiny.png?20100526081203" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Onethought">Onethought</a>:<br />Always marvelous

  • Washington, D.C.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kirsten_Bladh"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1414950064/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kirsten_Bladh">Kirsten Bladh</a>:<br />

  • Bristol, England

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lynda_Checkley"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/562788411/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lynda_Checkley">Lynda Checkley</a>:<br />Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge with the Observatory behind - Bristol, England

  • Budapest, Hungary

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pippilin"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1816694820/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pippilin">Pippilin</a>:<br />Budapest's dazzling Parliament on the Danube

  • Edinburgh

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/scottiesimp"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/scottiesimp">scottiesimp</a>:<br />Scotland's Historic Capital

  • Siena, Italy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor">austindtaylor</a>:<br />This is a city frozen in medieval times, perched on a hill with its stunning cathedral and town hall, and its central piazza that is home to exquisite restaurants, Italians relaxing on the red brick, and the famous Palio horse race that has been held twice per year since Roman times.

  • Lugano, Switzerland

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor">austindtaylor</a>:<br />Situated on a beautiful lake high in the Swiss Alps, Lugano offers the perfect blend of Swiss and Italian cuisine, snow capped mountains, palm trees, a high-class shopping district, a wonderful lakeside promenade, and, of course, the famous Swiss chocolate.

  • Bergamo, Italy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor">austindtaylor</a>:<br />In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is a blend of the modern bustle of a vibrant city and the historic center centuries old.

  • Urbino, Italy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/austindtaylor">austindtaylor</a>:<br />On a hilltop in the midst of the Apennines, Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael, is a quaint Renaissance city with a stately palace that overlooks the rolling landscape around it. This city offers a rare authentic look into an Italy that has been preserved from crowds of tourists.

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