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Posted: November 19, 2010 12:07 PM

There are cities where cars reign supreme, others where a bicycle or public transportation will suffice, and a select few that remain a paradise for two feet. By design or purely by accident, each of these 10 cities beckons you to wander its boulevards, paths, and parks.

Text by Charis Atlas Heelan. Photos courtesy of Frommers.com, where you can plan trips and connect with other travelers.

 
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Florence, Italy
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The Ponte Vecchio was the only one of Florence's medieval bridges left standing by the retreating German army in 1944.

In many parts of Florence, cars either aren't allowed or can't fit. Though the cobblestone streets may not be ideal for breaking in that new pair of Gucci stilettos, you can only really discover the soul of this historical city by foot. As you stroll along the banks of the Arno River and get lost in the narrow streets, don't forget to look up for random frescoes, incredible architecture, and hidden cafes.

Where to Walk: Take in all six of Florence's main bridges by walking along the Centro Historico side of the Arno. Pass the Ponte delle Grazie, Ponte Santa Trinita, Ponte alla Carraia and the famed Ponte Vecchio; walk through the Boboli Gardens and up to Forte Belvedere and Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views; and promenade up the pedestrian zone of Via Calzaiuoli to Piazza Signoria and on through the arched exterior corridors of the Uffizi.
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