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The most Beautiful Cities of Italy according to Travel Bloggers


No, it is not the usual ranking. It is not because the "catchment area" is not the "Italian people", but a niche, and not just any one. It's like asking what is the best pizza: with all due respect, it's one thing to ask a jury of friendly "pizza eaters", it's one thing to ask a jury of expert pizza makers. For heaven's sake, both rankings will have an important value, and will be indicators to be taken into consideration.
But in fact, we already had the first version of the ranking. And so we also wanted the "specialists" version. Who I am? And who, if not the Travel Blogger?



Index

  1. The Jury: 300 Travel Blogger. Methods of voting and classification criteria
  2. The 60 candidate cities and the final ranking
  3. Ferrara, Emilia Romagna: 1,9% of the votes
  4. 10 (ex-aequo) - Palermo, Sicily: 1,9% of the votes
  5. Mantua, Lombardy: 3,8% of the votes
  6. 9 (ex aequo) - Lecce, Puglia: 3,8% of the votes
  7. Positano, Campania: 5,7% of the votes
  8. 8 (ex-aequo) - Taormina, Sicily: 5,7% of the votes
  9. Erice, Sicily: 7,5% of the votes
  10. 7 (ex-aequo) - Turin, Piedmont: 7,5% of the votes
  11. Siena, Tuscany: 9,4% of the votes
  12. 6 (ex-aequo) - Naples, Campania: 9,4% of the votes
  13. Matera, Basilicata: 11,3% of the votes
  14. 5 (ex-aequo) - San Gimignano, Tuscany: 11,3% of the votes
  15. Milan, Lombardy: 13,2% of the votes
  16. 4 (ex-aequo) - Verona, Veneto: 13,2% of the votes
  17. Florence, Tuscany: 41,5% of the votes
  18. Rome, Lazio: 45,3% of the votes
  19. Venice, Veneto: 54,7% of the votes
  20. Out of the charts: the other cities voted by Travel Bloggers
  21. User questions and comments

The Jury: 300 Travel Blogger. Methods of voting and classification criteria

We interviewed 300 travel bloggers and influencers from the community of, distributed throughout the country and from every region. Although, you know, Travel Bloggers are citizens of the world ...
We asked each of them to choose 3 cities from 60 candidates and for each, to rate the following items from 1 to 4 (mediocre, sufficient, good, excellent):



  • History, art and culture;
  • Gastronomy;
  • Leisure, entertainment;
  • Liveability (cleaning, services).

The final ranking is determined by the sum of the votes: the city that obtained the highest number of preferences won.
The "quality indicators" (history, art and culture, liveability, ...), if we want to call them that, are a fact that we wanted to include to integrate the evaluation, but they do not affect the ranking position. After all, you can be the best "despite" many things, and this certainly does not teach us the rankings ...

The 60 candidate cities and the final ranking

Here are the 60 Italian cities that participated in the vote: Aosta, Courmayeur (Aosta Valley); Turin, Stresa (Piedmont); Genoa, Sanremo (Liguria); Milan, Mantua, Bergamo, Pavia (Lombardy); Trento, Bolzano, San Martino di Castrozza, Riva del Garda (Trentino Alto-Adige); Auronzo di Cadore, Venice, Verona, Padua (Veneto); Trieste, Sauris (Friuli-Venezia Giulia); Parma, Modena, Bologna, Ferrara (Emilia Romagna); Carrara, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Pienza, San Gimignano (Tuscany); Perugia, Norcia, Orvieto, Città di Castello (Umbria); Urbino, Ascoli Piceno (Marche); Rome, Viterbo, Ponza (Lazio); L'Aquila, Sulmona, Chieti (Abruzzo); Termoli (Molise); Naples, Positano (Campania), Lecce, Gallipoli, Monopoli, Andria, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello (Puglia); Matera (Basilicata), Tropea (Calabria); Taormina, Syracuse, Palermo, Erice, Cefalù (Sicily); Cagliari, Porto Cervo (Sardinia).

Due to many ex-aequo, the final "Top 10" actually includes 17 cities here 1st ranking of the most beautiful cities in Italy according to Travel Bloggers!


10 - Ferrara, Emilia Romagna: 1,9% of the votes

At the bottom of the ranking we find the city of the Este, which occupies the tenth position. The evaluations regarding the historical aspect and the services are very high, it lacks a bit from the point of view of entertainment opportunities. But Ferrara is one elegant city on a human scale, in which life goes by slowly astride a bicycle. The unbridled nightlife leaves it to the big cities.


  • History, art, culture: 3,86/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,86/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,91/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3,61 / 4

10 (ex-aequo) - Palermo, Sicily: 1,9% of the votes

Equal merit, equal votes, for the capital of Sicily, with a long and complex history, as are its monuments and its streets.
Elegant and contradictory, Capital of Culture 2018, is a noisy and colorful city with a unique character. It is for this reason that, in the judgments, it scores full marks for history and gastronomy, but registers one strong lack of service aspect.

  • History, art, culture: 4/4
  • Gastronomy: 4/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,12/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 1,56 / 4

9 - Mantua, Lombardy: 3,8% of the votes

Pearl of the Renaissance, thanks to the Gonzagas, Mantua was one of the most important cultural cities and maintains many buildings built in that period. Travel Bloggers recognize this and spend their time in excellent ratings regarding history and livability. Mantua is surrounded by greenery, in a suggestive and enjoyable natural territory.


  • History, art, culture: 3,92/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,52/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,86/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3,52 / 4

9 (ex aequo) - Lecce, Puglia: 3,8% of the votes

It seems that nothing is missing from the baroque jewel of Puglia. It will be for the large and beautiful historic center, it will be for its alleys and winding streets, it will be for the beaches of Salento ... certainly, Lecce gastronomy scores full points! On this, the travel bloggers who voted it are all unanimous: 4 out of 4, excellent!


  • History, art, culture: 3,86/4
  • Gastronomy: 4/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,12/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 2,56 / 4

8 - Positano, Campania: 5,7% of the votes

We are in Amalfi Coast, in the daughter city of Poseidon. Positano offers wonderful impressive coastal views, enchanting beaches, caves to discover such as the Grotta della Porta, and of course the Path of the Gods, to go through trying not to always be amazed!
Chosen on 17 occasions, it too is full to the gastronomy item, but defends itself in all 4 judging items!

  • History, art, culture: 3,86/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,86/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,02/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 2,86 / 4

8 (ex-aequo) - Taormina, Sicily: 5,7% of the votes

Taormina deserves praise for its archaeological richness. The Ancient Theater, the Numachie, the Odeon and the Castle of Monte Tauro, but also the Cathedral and Palazzo Corvaja, these precious gems have certainly earned them the favor of the judges.
He ranks even higher in the rankings than chaotic Palermo, perhaps for his own more intimate, more livable, more intimate character. We certainly all agree that Taormina is one of the most beautiful places in Sicily.

  • History, art, culture: 3,56/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,86/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,02/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 2,86 / 4

7 - Erice, Sicily: 7,5% of the votes

Maybe one of the most famous places in Sicily. The citadel, which stands on the top of Mount San Giuliano (originally it was called Mount Erice), has officially been one of the most beautiful villages in Italy since 2014. Do not worry about disturbing the inhabitants: it has only 512. It will certainly be a pride for such a small village to juggle with great honor in a ranking in which it has already placed itself behind the valuable cities of Palermo, Ferrara, and in which it even results in ex-aequo with the much more noble Turin. Its main feature will surely have fascinated the judges: its medieval structure is visibly intact, made up of winding streets, arches and courtyards that date back to Frederick II of Aragon.

  • History, art, culture: 3,51/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,86/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,86/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 2 / 4

7 (ex-aequo) - Turin, Piedmont: 7,5% of the votes

It is a city with a "dark" soul, active by day and mysterious at night. A duality which has intrigued not only tourists but, obviously, also the Travel Blogger judges. Homeland of local football, auteur cinema and mysticism Holy Shroud, Turin records an extraordinary balance in the judgments: excellent for the items "History, art, culture" and "Leisure, entertainment", it goes well beyond sufficiency also in terms of livability and gastronomy!

  • History, art, culture: 3,72/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,12/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,86/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3,52 / 4

6 - Siena, Tuscany: 9,4% of the votes

Could not miss the standings city ​​of the Palio. Siena is splendid precisely in its being a city, not only for artistic treasures which preserves. And in fact, none of the 28 votes received scored less than 4 (excellent) for "History, art, culture".
The Tuscan culinary tradition is appreciated all over the world, and Siena is certainly one of the best places to appreciate it. Surely our Travel Blogger judges will have tasted the "Pici", the "Pappardelle with Cinta sauce" or the "Ribollita", who gave an almost unanimous "excellent" also to the gastronomy item.

  • History, art, culture: 4/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,81/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,86/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3,2 / 4

6 (ex-aequo) - Naples, Campania: 9,4% of the votes

The largest and most visited among the cities of Southern Italy. They say "See Naples and then die" because you cannot leave this land without having been to Naples at least once.
The Campania capital has a secret charm, waiting to be discovered, which is very much reflected in cheerful character and color of its inhabitants. The Gulf, the Vesuvius, the beautiful ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the music, but above all ... the pizza, make it absolutely unique.
If we really want to find a sore point ... well, even according to Travel Bloggers, Naples is not exactly the best in liveability: in this ranking, it has the lowest score among all the cities present.

  • History, art, culture: 3,86/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,86/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,33/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 1,33 / 4

5 - Matera, Basilicata: 11,3% of the votes

An ancient and extraordinary city mixed with history, culture and nature. Its Sassi, a Unesco World Heritage Site, are famous: a suggestive intertwining of winding alleys and caves which are the symbol of the city.
It may perhaps surprise not so much its presence, but its position, even in the top 5. The uniqueness of a place and a territory that honors the whole region of Basilicata, one of the most underrated of the Boot.

  • History, art, culture: 3,66/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,66/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,33/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 2,66 / 4

5 (ex-aequo) - San Gimignano, Tuscany: 11,3% of the votes

Let's go back to Tuscany., in the heart of Val d'Elsa, to visit the village of San Gimignano!
A dip back to around the thirteenth-fourteenth century, in the middle of the Middle Ages, because nothing has changed here since then. For this he deserved the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO but above all the votes of Italian travel bloggers!
To reward the village, certainly also its position: San Gimignano is in fact located between Chianti, Valdesa, Florence and Siena. Also for this, the votes are all of full excellence, except for recreation and entertainment. But in a village like this, this is perhaps a further note of merit: on the other hand, given the location, if you really want to party, on Saturday night everyone goes to Florence!

  • History, art, culture: 3,86/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,86/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,43/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3,86 / 4

4 - Milan, Lombardy: 13,2% of the votes

Big numbers start to hit Italian capital of business. The most important city in Italy, economically speaking, is a huge metropolis, dynamic and full of opportunities. A city that never goes to sleep, where things to do are almost endless.
Unlike the villages encountered so far, now the judgments on leisure and entertainment fill up. A little surprisingly, even the opinion on gastronomy is almost a full 4 out of 4: it will be that in such a large city, you can find practically everything!
And according to travel bloggers, it seems that the equation big city = poor liveability does not apply to Milan: even in this voice, the Lombard capital defends itself!

  • History, art, culture: 3,5/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,83/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,83/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3 / 4

4 (ex-aequo) - Verona, Veneto: 13,2% of the votes

The city with the most famous balcony in the world perhaps she is tired of being known for the story of Romeo and Juliet, and in ex-aequo with Milan she is positioned just below the podium. As a matter of fact it is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site for its urban structure and architecture.
Among the cities in the ranking it is the one with the highest and most balanced grades in all 4 judging items: 4 full (excellent) for history, art and culture, slightly less for the other items. You live well, eat well, and have great fun. Other?

  • History, art, culture: 4/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,83/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,83/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3,66 / 4

3 - Florence, Tuscany: 41,5% of the votes

And here we are to climb the lowest step of the podium, dominated by Tuscan city symbol of Made in Italy in the world.
Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, a concentration of monuments and works of art, here is the most visited Italian museum: The Uffizi Gallery.
Florence is one of the key cities of Italian cultural tourism, home of the greatest Italian artists and poets, from Dante Alighieri to Petraca, from Michelangelo to Leonardo da Vinci. The data in fact speak for themselves: from now on, the 3 cities on the podium have practically cannibalized the votes by making the void behind them.
Of the 3 cities on the podium, it is the one with the highest marks: full (or almost) full score for the items on art and culture and gastronomy, well above the mark for entertainment and livability.

  • History, art, culture: 3,94/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,76/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,29/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 3 / 4

2 - Rome, Lazio: 45,3% of the votes

The second of the magnificent three is the most visited city in Italy.
Roma Caput Mundi is an open-air museum, among the most historically important cities around the world.
Unanimous opinions on history, art and culture: of course, full excellence. And it couldn't be otherwise. It pays in terms of livability and services, a real sore point of a city that otherwise would have no equal in the world. In this aspect, only Naples has worse ratings.
But, on the other hand, a ranking without Rome would be unthinkable: obviously the judges also thought so.

  • History, art, culture: 4/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,79/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 3,68/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 1,79 / 4

1 - Venice, Veneto: 54,7% of the votes

The rankings change, but the result does not change: it is useless to worry so much, at the end of the race she will always arrive in the head: the Serenissima!
Most romantic city in the world, third most visited city in Italy, 6 among the most beautiful cities in the world, since 1987 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With such a presentation, it could only be in first place among the most beautiful cities in Italy, even according to Travel Bloggers. Its strong point is precisely the unique and characteristic charm: its canals with traditional gondolas, the noble palaces, the lagoon ... visiting it certainly does not disappoint expectations.
And it does not matter if the judgments are not excellent in all the items, the fact remains that Venice is the first choice not only for tourists, but also for those who have made a profession of travel and its story.

  • History, art, culture: 3,95/4
  • Gastronomy: 3,1/4
  • Leisure, entertainment: 2,85/4
  • Liveability (services, cleaning): 2,6 / 4

Out of the charts: the other cities voted by Travel Bloggers

It is clear that the rankings, at least the "unscientific" ones, always have a relative and certainly not heuristic value. So we don't want other cities, because Italy is all beautiful, and we know it well. So here it is the other cities among the 60 candidates who received at least one preference from the 300 Travel Bloggers called into question:
Alberobello, Genoa, Bergamo, Bolzano, Riva del Garda, Trieste, Bologna, Viterbo, Polignano a Mare, Cefalù, Perugia, Parma, Padua, Sanremo, Aosta.

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