In this series, enjoy some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Explore this beautiful planet.
2. Paris, France.
1. Vancouver, Canada.
Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide "livable city" rankings for more than a decade according
to business magazine assessments and it was also acknowledged by Economist Intelligence Unit as the
first city to rank among the top-ten of the world's most liveable cities for five straight years.
Paris was the largest city in the Western world for about 1,000 years, prior to the 19th
century, and the largest in the entire world between the 16th and 19th centuries.
Paris is also ranked among the ten greenest European cities in 2010. According to the
latest survey from Economist Intelligence Unit in 2010, Paris is the world's most expensive
city to live in.
3. Sydney, Australia.
The site of the first British colony in Australia, Sydney was established in 1788 at Sydney
Cove by Arthur Phillip, commodore of the First Fleet as a penal colony. The metropolitan area
is surrounded by national parks, and the coastal regions feature many bays, rivers, inlets and
beaches including the famous Bondi Beach.
4. Florence, Italy.
A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities
of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance; it has been
called the Athens of the Middle Ages. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural
heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the
world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art, architecture
5. Venice, Italy.
Venice is a city in northern Italy which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks.
Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man". Venice has also
been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities.