Florence 2 - Readers’ Choice Rating: 83.8
The art-centric Florence boasts “food out of this world.” This Italian city was not only a hit with the thousands of readers who participated to the survey this year, but it was also the location chosen by our 2012 Dream Trip Photo Contest winner—after winning a $25,000 trip of a lifetime, Florence is where he wanted to take his family.
Rome 8 - Readers’ Choice Rating: 83.0
Rome has “endless exploration opportunities.” “It is not a one-time destination so you can return again and again and always see something new.” “Food, restaurants, service people, and easiness of getting around are better than any American city.”
SIena 9 - Readers’ Choice Rating: 82.9
Called a “timeless place where one needs only to soak in the ambience,” Siena has so much to offer that even one reader, who has been to the city 18 times, is still finding new food and cultural experiences. Others praise it as “quieter than Rome and Florence, but jam-packed with history and culture amid rolling Tuscan hillsides.”
Venice 24 - Readers’ Choice Rating: 80.5
"A beautiful and intriguing place" where "every view is like a painting," Venice won over our readers with its "unbelievable atmosphere." There’s "not a bad meal to be had in this city," and it’s a "paradise for shopping and fashion." "Somehow for me this city is apart from this world. You can write pages describing it but it would never be enough. It’s the perfect experience to wake up in the morning and have a espresso on a narrow street and to end it in a gondola in the evening."
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