Rough Guides releases list of most beautiful cities

The results were compiled in a social media poll using Facebook and Twitter, where those partaking were asked to suggest which city they found most visually appealing. Italy was most popular, with Rome topping the list, and Florence following in second place. A number of other European cities also featured, including Paris in France and Prague in the Czech Republic.

Australia also made two appearances, with Brisbane featuring in eighth place, and Sydney in 13th. Those on all-inclusive river cruises in Europe can visit the two cities mentioned above, depending on itineraries chosen.

More good publicity for Brisbane

Brisbane was only beaten by Edinburgh, London and Prague, as well as the top three most beautiful cities. Rough Guides stated that the city was chosen for its ‘winning combination of high-rise modern architecture lush green spaces and enormous Brisbane River that snakes its way through the centre before emptying itself into the azure Moreton Bay’.

The naming of the favourite Australian cities has caused a little controversy in the country, with a number of people disagreeing with Brisbane placing before Sydney. However, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane has spoken about why he feels the city is deserving, suggesting that the emerging city now has a ‘wow factor’ due to many recent changes that have occurred. The city has also recently been named as one of the Guardian’s hotspots, and was nicknamed Australia’s hippest city by the Lonely Planet last year.

It is hoped that the naming of Brisbane as one of the world’s most beautiful cities will help to attract more tourists in the coming years.

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