Condé Nast Traveler announced its 2013 Readers' Choice Awards yesterday. Québec City squeezed into the top 10 of the world's Top 25 Cities, due to its "old-world charm," "awesome historic assets" and "great shopping," according to CN Traveler readers.
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9. Siena, Italy —
Siena was described as "quieter than Rome and Florence, but jam-packed with history and culture amid rolling Tuscan hillsides." It was one of five Italian cities to make the top 25.
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8. Rome —
Rome was praised for being so full of great sights, visitors "can return again and again and always see something new."
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7. Vienna, Austria —
"Drenched in music, history and the arts, Vienna earned high marks from readers. Not that anyone would find that surprising," said the magazine, explaining Vienna's seventh-spot placement.
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5. San Sebastián, Spain (tied) —
"Basque beauty" San Sebastián tied for fifth place. "All you need to do here is eat, eat and eat."
5. Charleston, South Carolina (tied) —
This southern U.S. city tied for fifth spot on the global rankings, but was named the top U.S. city for its "sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people."
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4. Salzburg, Austria —
Mozart's hometown "will transport you back in time," according to the poll.
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2. Budapest, Hungary (tied) —
"Everything about Budapest was entrancing." It seems most of the reviewers agreed with this feedback about this beautiful European city.
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2. Florence, Italy (tied) —
This ancient Italian city also tied for the second spot on the global rankings.
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1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico —
"The lack of street lights and billboards makes the region romantically and historically beautiful, and the city itself offers a traditional feeling of a small town in the heart of Mexico." Which is why this central Mexican city was voted No. 1.