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Looking for somewhere to go on a quick break this summer? We've got exactly what you're looking for.

Travel & Leisure Magazine have released the winners of their annual World's Best Awards, and as part of those awards, listed out the Top 15 Cities In Europe.

As they mention in the awards, the winner of this year's top spot has managed to keep said top spot for ten of the last eleven years, which in itself is quite an achievement.

But before we get to the number one, here is the countdown from 15 to 2:

15. Madrid, Spain

14. Istanbul, Turkey

13. Edinburgh, Scotland

12. Venice, Italy

11. Prague, Czech Republic


10. Lisbon, Portugal

9. Porto, Portugal

8. Krakow, Poland

7. Seville, Spain

6. Siena, Italy

5. Budapest, Hungary

4. San Sebastian, Spain

3. Barcelona, Spain


2. Rome, Italy

So how many of those have you already been to? Always good to check off the amazing places closer to home before heading further afield.

But enough delaying, drum roll please, as the top spot goes to...

1. Florence, Italy

As the outlet themselves describe it:

"It’s the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. What more does a traveller need? Of course you’ll want to go see classic sights like the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. But there’s a modern Florence, too, full of enticing surprises — from the Mercato Centrale, a covered market showcasing Tuscany’s rich culinary bounty, to the sly street art of Clet Abraham, which has begun inspiring visitors to embark upon urban scavenger hunts through the ancient city. As one reader summed up quite brilliantly: “This is a city I can return to again and again, and still find new and interesting sites and activities.”"

So there you have it. Art, architecture, history around literally every single corner.

Plus you know the pizza must be absolutely amazing.


What more do you need?

While you're here...

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We also caught up with the cast of Kingmsan: The Golden Circle – Taron Egerton and Mark Strong – as well as the stars of new Irish film Maze – Barry Ward and Nidge himself, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (and his wonderful hat).

It's all jam-packed into this week's episode of The JOE Show, so what are you waiting for?

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