Mexico City is the oldest city in America and is located on a plateau in the center of the country. The capital of Mexico will attract you for its museums and traditions, the buildings of the colonial era and the modern ones, but also for its vibrant cultural life.
The history of Mexico City, whose first name was Tenochtitlan, the city of palaces, is a long and rich legacy of great nations, from the Aztecs to the Maya. Third largest city in the world after Tokyo and New York, the Mexican capital invites you to discover its historical center, its parks and archaeological finds of pre-Columbian peoples.
With the Spanish conquest of 1521 and the end of the Aztec, begins the modern history of Mexico City. Today the city is home to over eight million people, while another twenty populate the huge metropolitan area.
The "Milan to drink" of the '80s has probably eclipsed the beauty and attractions of Milan, in the twentieth century became the main economic and financial center of Italy, and the capital of fashion and design.
Forge new trends, Milan is a city with a long history: it was founded in the fifth century BC Insubri by a Celtic population, and is rich in historical monuments and buildings, such as the fabulous Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Also, do not miss the extraordinary cultural offer of Milan, from the works of the Teatro Alla Scala on, and all the fun that offers something for everyone.
Florence is one of the most famous Italian cities and explore the world. It's pretty much an open air museum, boasts a host of palaces, churches, museums, beautiful parks and squares.
This is the birthplace of the Italian language in the Middle Ages, worked there the greatest Italian poets and writers such as Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and again They passed some of the most illustrious del'arte world: Giotto, Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci are just a few examples from the past flourishing of Florence.
Testimony to the long and glorious history of Florence is its stunning architecture, Piazza della Signoria to the Boboli Gardens, Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi Gallery, in addition to beautiful churches, among which stands the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, with the magnificent dome of Brunelleschi.
But Florence is also something else: the Tuscan cuisine is famous worldwide for its delicious dishes that can accompany the best Italian wines. In addition, many proposals to spend the night in Florence, the bustling restaurants in the city.
Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath in Irish), is the capital of the Republic of Ireland since the Middle Ages, is located on the east coast of the country and is the largest city in Ireland. It was founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago, on the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin has a long history and a major cultural tradition. Some examples of this heritage we find them in the monuments and architecture of the city, Trinity College, opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, many such examples of Georgian architecture, such as the famous doors of Dublin. In addition, this is the city of important writers such as James Joyce (his famous novel "People of Dublin"), George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, as well as Guinness. Dublin is the perfect destination for English classes for a vacation in the "capital of the pub", where they were born famous bands like U2.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland. Cosmopolitan city, home to more than a third of the people in Ireland, but it remains a city on a human scale and young, with 50% of the population under 27 years. Dublin is also recently became the capital of information technology in Europe.
Dublin is divided in two by the River Liffey.
The area south of the River Liffey is the oldest part of the city, with the church of St. Patrick (dating back to 1190), the cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This is also the entertainment area, with the Temple Bar area, the neighborhood pub and artists, and Grafton Street shopping, and Saint Stephens Park, with its lake (one of the places where you can enjoy summer concerts). This is also where the Trinity College, the most prestigious university in Ireland, founded in 1592, the parliament, and the most important museums of the city: the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Library, the National Museum of Ireland.
To the north of the River Liffey is O'Connell Street are examples of Georgian architecture (brick red colored doors) and the Abbey Theatre in George Bernard Shaw. This is the least interesting from the point of view of art and entertainment, but more related to the recent history dela city.
The center of Dublin is all to explore on foot.
What to visit
Just outside the town is Phoenix Park, with its 700 hectares is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The park is the privileged place for picnics, contains a zoo and the home of the president.
In Dublin there is also the establishment of Guinness: Guinness Storehouse is one of the attractions "top" of Dublin (and a pint of beer is included in the ticket price).
Trinity College is the university's most prestigious island, founded in 1592. E 'famous for the Old Library, which houses a large collection of manuscripts. The most important of these is the Book of Kells, an illuminated Gospel of the ninth century. The Book of Kells and other treasures are on display in the Long Room. To see the Book of Kells you pay for, but to visit Trinity College and his courts do not pay anything.
Irish Museum of Modern Art: Free admission.
Tokyo, Japan's capital, is a metropolis of 12 million people, consisting of 23 districts.
The history of Tokyo, which is located on the island of Honshu, began more than 400 years ago when it was a fishing village. Its ancient name was Edo, a traditional city has now become the symbol of modernity, as well as one of the major world financial centers. Tokyo will surprise you with the contrast between modernity and the many eccentricities and its fine traditions.
This is a real cosmopolitan destination, with streets and squares open 24 hours on 24 and monuments such as the Tokyo Tower, a reproduction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
An immense and mysterious country, a fascinating city that lives in suspended between an ancient culture, the chaos of the metropolis of today and the contradictions of development. Beijing, or "northern capital", has seven and a half million inhabitants, rising to nearly fifteen considering the entire metropolitan area.
Beijing, home of the 2008 Olympics, invites you to discover its historic buildings such as the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and its historic Tiananmen Square. There are numerous excursions not to be missed, to discover the treasures of China, such as the legendary Great Wall of China or the terracotta soldiers of Xi'an.
Toronto, located northeast of Lake Ontario, is the largest city in Canada, which is also the financial center. With an urban population of over 2.5 million inhabitants and a metropolitan area of over six million, is a truly multicultural city, with half of the inhabitants were born abroad. In Toronto there are 150 different ethnic groups from all continents and, although English is the official language, inside you can hear people speaking over 100 different languages.
For the high quality of life and low crime, Toronto is one of the favorite destinations for foreigners to attend English classes or studying in its universities. Here you can climb the tallest structure in the world, the CN Tower, also known as the Tower of Toronto, which offers breathtaking views from 553 meters.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, with a total of 12 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Political capital of Brazil until 1960, is located in the southeast of the country and attracts thousands of tourists every year, attracted by the famous beaches, the fun and vibrant culture.
Due to its privileged location between the sea and the mountains, and the mild climate throughout the year, Rio de Janeiro will welcome you in its white sand beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, the monumental Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the city from Mount Cordovado.
Capital of samba and carnival paradise, the city Rio offers visitors a warm welcome all year round, with a rich calendar of festivals and cultural events.
In addition, Rio de Janeiro, founded by the Portuguese Gaspar de Lemos in 1502 in the Bay of Guanabara, still retains the sumptuous historic buildings in the capital, which was until the construction of Brasilia.
Rio, the city of beautiful women, the carnival samba, the mysteries of macumba, the Maracana stadium, the colonial streets, churches and parks.
But even in the favelas, the total poverty and not hidden, the beggars, street children.
City tender and sweet, cheerful and hectic, but also desperate. The Carnival, of course, is the event of the year, with the parade of samba schools (each with gorgeously dressed dancers 2-3000). The most important is Sunday, with three groups of schools: the first (do not miss) in Avenida Presidente Vargas, the second in Avenida Rio Branco, the third in Avenida Graça Aranha. But the party rages in every corner of the city, for four days, from Saturday to Tuesday.
What to visit
The beaches (Flamengo, Botofago, Urca, on the famous Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana, Arpoador, Ipanema, Leblon);
Sugar Loaf, 394 meters (can be reached by cable car from General Tiburcio Square);
Corcovado (you can go by train);
museums and colonial churches (Nossa Senhora da Gloria do Outiero);
the Parque de Cidade Jardim Botanico and.
Brussels (or Brussel) is the capital of Belgium. Often refers to the Brussels-Capital Region of Brussels, composed of 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, its largest town.
The first nucleus of the city of Brussels can be traced back to the sixth century AD, over the centuries it underwent many occupants, including the Austrian, Spanish and French, until the independence of Belgium in 1830. Today Brussels is the headquarters of the European Parliament and of NATO, but it is also a tourist destination of great interest for the cultural life, museums and architecture, with the beautiful Grand Place in the center of the city. The official languages in Brussels are French and the Dutch and virtually anywhere you also speak English.
The capital of Austria is located on the banks of the Danube, and although the weather is not too inviting, is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It is located in a strategic position between East and West, not far from Prague and Budapest.
Vienna offers a wide cultural offer: you can attend the Vienna Opera, enter symbols in the palaces of the Habsburg Empire or visit important museums, such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Albertina.
City from ancient history, Vienna is today known as the "capital of music" as well as having given birth to Strauss and Schubert, hosted great musicians like Mozart and Beethoven, in addition, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein magnificent is broadcast throughout the world famous "New Year's Concert" with music by Strauss, the famous "blue Danube" and the "March of Radetsky."
When visiting Vienna, do not miss the opportunity to get in one of the many bakeries in the capital and try some authentic delicacies such as Sachertorte or Mozartkugeln, the so-called "Mozart Balls"!
The modern history of Sydney, the main cities of Australia begins with the landing of James Cook in 1770 by the legendary "Endeavour" and the arrival of the first European settlers, especially at the beginning deported from English prisons, even if they lived here already for centuries the aboriginal tribes.
Rich in culture, entertainment and picturesque nature, Sydney is the ideal destination for a trip asks everything from the excitement of surfing walks between koalas and kangaroos in the many city parks, museums of world importance such as 'Australian Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the picturesque view of the harbor and the famous Opera House to the fun of a multicultural city that lives 24 hours 24.
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, with three million inhabitants in the urban core and a metropolitan area, Greater Buenos Aires, which surpasses ten million.
The city of Buenos Aires was founded twice: in 1536, the Spanish colonizer Pedro Mendoza and then in 1580, after being destroyed by the Indian populations.
Today, the people of Buenos Aires are almost all of European origin, and the city has become cosmopolitan and modern, with 48 different neighborhoods. Be infected by the passion of Argentina, including its historic sites such as the Plaza de Mayo with the balcony from which Evita Perón appeared, the charm of tango most authentic and cultural life of this city with more than 200 theaters and cinemas.
If you have to choose the most beautiful place of the world, which would be?
We launched an ambitious poll, for which we encourage you to vote your favourite :-)
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For the moment we put on the list these places, but if we miss something please let us know adding a comment.
Blue-domed Church in Santorini
St Basil Cathedral in Moscow
The Statue of Liberty in New York
Machu Picchu in Peru
The Taj Mahal in Agra ( India )
The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Great Sphynx at Giza
The Chinese Wall in China
Uluru in the Northern Territory
The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
Windmills at Kinderdijk ( Holland )
Agia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey
Acropolis of Athens
Mount Fuji in Japan
Stonehenge in the English county of Wiltshire
Big Ben in London
Neuschwanstein in Bavaria
Mount Eden crater in New Zealand
Loch Ness in Scotland
Easter Island in the Polynesian Triangle
Christo Redemptor in Rio de Janeiro
Capitol Hill in Washington DC
Tower of Pisa
Al Aqsa in Jerusalem
Niagara Falls at the border of Ontario ( Canada ) and New York ( USA )
Angkor Wat at Cambodia
The Burj in Dubai
Bran Castle in Romania
Manneke Pis in Brussels
Mount Everest on the border of Tibet and Nepal
Mecca in Saudi Arabia
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
St Peters at Vatican City
Mont St Michel in France
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe
The Grand Canyon in Arizona
Nevado Mismi in Peru ( source of the Amazon River )
Auschwitz in Poland
The Great Buddha of Kamakura in Tokyo
Neptune and the Palace of Versailles in France
Cape of Good Hope in South Africa
Trevi Fountain in Rome
Petra in Jordan
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
North Cape in Norway
Chichen Itza in Mexico
Inukshuk in Canada
Lascaux in France
Table Mountain in South Africa
Mallorca or Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is the largest island of the Balearic Islands, which also includes the fashionable Ibiza, quiet and refined Formentera, Menorca and other minor islands.
Mallorca was the first island to be discovered by tourists and is now one of the main summer destination for Europeans.
Mallorca will fascinate not only for its beautiful beaches, such as El Arenal, Santa Ponsa and Can Pastilla. The capital, Palma, is rich in historical buildings such as the cathedral or the fortress dell'Almudeina and several villages that make up the island are full of wonders.
Not to mention that Mallorca is the ideal starting point to visit the other Balearic islands, especially near Minorca.
Majorca is the largest island of the Balearic Islands, and has been for years one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Majorca has recently changed its skin having turned from island to island package of pleasure.
Treasures from countless centuries have been completely modernized, and now you can enjoy the cultural heritage left by the Phoenicians, (the original inhabitants, famous for their skill with stone slings), nomads, pirates, Greeks, Romans , Maori, Venetians, French, Spanish and any other people who adored this green island.
Here you can live in ancient castles, farmhouses and restored palaces.
The Majorca today is a place made for luxury lovers, fans of culture and those who are truly life.
What to visit
Palma city is the capital of the island of the archipelago of the Balearic Islands. The city center was almost completely transformed into pedestrian zone and there you will find shops and boutiques. Moored in the harbor are moored yachts and luxury boats of fishermen.
From Ca'n Pastilla in El Arenal: about 8km sandy, with a pedestrian promenade lined with bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Santa Ponsa, Paguera, Can Picafort, Costa de Los Pinos: places that are home to the hotels surrounded by pine forests and sandy beaches for a holiday full of nature and sea.