Determining which locales classify as the most beautiful cities in the world is a daunting task, as landscapes, vistas and opinions vary significantly around the globe. Urban pleasures, stunning architecture and breathtaking natural and man-made splendor all add to the allure of a metropolis, but beauty is subjective. Here are our picks for the 12 most beautiful cities in the world. Click along and see if you agree with us.
1. Venice, Italy
This northeastern Italian city is unlike any other in the world. It’s most distinctive feature is its glistening canals strewn with architecturally appealing buildings and linked by a system of pedestrian bridges. Venice is truly unique a work of art that cannot be compared to any other city. Like stepping back in history, it appears somewhat the same as it did over 600 years ago, and that only adds to its romantic splendor. Take a gondola ride through Venice past cathedrals, bell towers, churches and piazzas as you explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world.