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  • Nicole Connolly | July 15, 2015 3:00 AM ET

    7 Most Photogenic Cities in the World

    7 Most Photogenic Cities in the World

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    Every place has something about it that is unique. It is hard to travel anywhere on the planet without finding a city that has a rich past and thriving present that draws tourists from around the world. Among those urban centers, there are a select few that are gorgeous from an aesthetic point of view — the ones that fill up camera memory cards with snapshots of landscapes, world-class architecture and art that carries historical significance for the locale. Here they are, in our opinion, the most photogenic cities in the world:

    New York City

    Topping the list is New York, New York. There are so many reasons this city is number one. A few of them are the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the brand-new One World Trade Center. Many people in the United States trace their ancestry back to the immigrants who landed at Ellis Island. For this reason, people flock the world over to take pictures of the place where their loved ones first came to the land of the free.

    Budapest, Hungary

    The Blue Danube coupled with another icon is the reason that Budapest makes the list. Saint Stephen's Basilica, named for the first king to rule Hungary, is by far the most famous and photographed landmark in the area. However, Hungary's capital is also home to a myriad of other religious buildings and artifacts. Take your camera and click away to your heart’s content.

    Florence, Italy

    Michelangelo himself provided a lot of the enchantment here. Besides the rolling hills of Florence, which create for a stunning photographic view, the Piazzale Michelangelo is the draw. Even though pictures are not often taken of the location, it is the elevation that lends to such a picturesque scene. From here, the buildings and mountains play rather nicely together, creating perfect stunning photographs.

    Monte Carlo, Monaco

    Most of the time people travel here to take pictures of things that many will never be able to experience. Many of the James Bond movies were filmed here, and if you want to live like the rich, then Monte Carlo is the place to do it. Also, who can resist snapping pictures of gorgeous buildings backlit by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea?

    Venice, Italy

    Aside from the canals that create a stunning base for incredible pictures, it is the many bridges that seem to attract shutterbugs. The famous Bridge of Sighs is, of course, an icon. But the oft-photographed Ponte dell Accademia has its own unique history. For years now, lovebirds have been taking padlocks and clasping them to the bridge. However, be forewarned, if you try to do the same local law-enforcement might stop you. It seems there has been an effort recently to thwart the practice.

    Istanbul, Turkey

    There are a few reasons why this is one of the most photographed cities on the planet, — the massive Hagia Sofia mosque is but one example — but the primary one is due to a little structure known as the Maiden’s Tower. This nondescript lighthouse is actually the spot where continents of Asia and Europe meet. Although it looks just as any other island, in concept it is way cool. That's why people flock with cameras in tow.

    Paris, France

    This list simply would not be complete if we did not mention Paris. The City of Light has been enthralling couples and tourists alike for centuries. Obviously, the Eiffel Tower is the major reason for Paris making the list. However, there are many other things to see and do in the city that sparkles at night. Book a trip and see for yourself.


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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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