Top Ten Cities of the World

Have you ever wondered which are the top ranked cities that should be visited? Forbes Traveler surveyed city specialists from a range of fields, including urban planning, architecture and sustainable development to compile a list of top ten beautiful cities of the world. Read on to know more.

1 Paris, France

Topping the list is Paris chosen for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, street life and its iconic structures such as the Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysses. So was Paris first in your list too?

2. Vancouver, Canada

It is known for its natural beauty. In this coastal city, open air is abundant–from the green west-end campus of the University of British Columbia to the enormous Stanley Park just outside downtown. In addition, both the snowcapped Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean provide a beautiful backdrop.

3. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is also praised for its natural beauty. The Sydney Harbor, the Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House are few of the main attractions in the city.

4. Florence, Italy

No list would be complete without this beautiful city, which is rich in history and architecture. So whether it is its gothic style Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Uffizi Gallery or its spacious piazzas that are filled with cafés, Florence has lots to offer.

5. Venice, Italy

Another beautiful and mesmeric city from Italy that makes it in this list is Venice. It is a city on water and is rich with history.

6. Cape Town, South Africa

This is yet another city full of natural beauty and spectacular sights. Popular destinations here include Table mountain, Kirstenbosch botanical garden and V&A Waterfront.

7. San Francisco, USA

So were you wondering why no American cities were mentioned yet? Here they are! San Francisco is praised for its bridges (Golden Gate Bridge), Fisherman’s Wharf, hills, cable cars and the natural beauty.

8. Chicago, USA.

Again makes it to the list for its natural beauty. Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile and Shore of Lake Michigan are some of the places, which are the major attractions of this city.

9. New York City, USA

Need we say more? This universally loved city is also rich in architectural beauty. Manhattan’s majestic skyline and historic buildings, contrasted by the modern structures gives the city an individuality that just cannot be ignored.

10. London, UK

History, royalty, interesting sights and sounds makes this city beautiful. The must visit places in London would be The Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Tower Bridge.

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About ICICI Lombard

ICICI Lombard GIC Ltd. is the largest private sector general insurance company in India with a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of Rs. 3,694.7 crore for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company issued over 44 lakh policies and settled over 62 lakh claims and has a claim disposal ratio of 96% (percentage of claims settled against claims reported) as on March 31, 2010. The company has 4,305 employees and 350 branches as on July 31, 2010. The company has been assigned a domestic rating of ‘iAAA’ by ICRA (an associate of Moody’s Investors Service) for highest claim paying ability and a fundamentally strong position, for the fourth consecutive year. The company has been awarded CNBC Awaaz Consumer Award 2010 for being the ‘most preferred brand’ in the General Insurance category. ICICI Lombard Auto Insurance has been rated highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power Asia Pacific in India among 11 auto insurance providers. The company has been conferred the Golden Peacock- Eco Innovation Award of 2009 for weather insurance and the Customer and Brand Loyalty award in the ‘Insurance Sector - Non-Life’ at the 3rd Loyalty awards, 2010.
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