Top TEN Best European Cities to visit (by Sqidoo) 1. Rome, Italy The capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region, as wel...

Top TEN Best European Cities to visit (with video guides)

Top TEN Best European Cities to visit (by Sqidoo)

1. Rome, Italy

The capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region, as well as the country's largest and most populous, with more than 2.7 million residents. The metropolitan area has a population of about 4 million. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, where the river Aniene joins the Tiber. The Mayor of Rome is Walter Veltroni. Rome, is thoroughly modern and cosmopolitan. Explore more about Rome, Italy

2. Florence, Italy

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, Italy, and of the province of Florence. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 400,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture. The city has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. Explore more aboutFlorence, Italy

3. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city (the world's 4th largest), and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. Explore More about Istanbul, Turkey

4. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Its official name is hlavní m%u011Bsto Praha, meaning Prague - the Capital City. Situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for over 1100 years. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million. Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is among the most visited cities on the continent. Explore more about Prague, Czech Republic

5. Venice, Northern Italy

Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). Venice has been known as the "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Bridges", and "The City of Light". The Venetian Republic was a major maritime power and a staging area for the Fourth Crusade, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the Renaissance and up to the end of the 17th century. Explore more about Venice, Northern Italy

6. Paris, France

Paris is the capital city of France. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Paris has an estimated population of 2,153,600 within its administrative limits. It is one of the most heavily populated areas in Europe. Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. Explore more about Paris, France

7. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,605,602 in 2006. It is located on the Mediterranean coast, between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and is limited to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge. Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the Counts of Barcelona and the Crown of Aragon. Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage. Explore more Barcelone, Spain

8. Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which features famous landmarks in Austria, but focuses mainly on Salzburg. Salzburg is also a student city, with three universities. Explore more about Salzburg, Austria

9. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city; with a population of about 1.7 million ,it is by far the largest city in Austria as well as its cultural, economical and political center. It is the 10th largest city by population in the European Union and is identified having the 4th highest quality of living. Vienna lies in the very east of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Explore more about Vienna, Austria

10. Krakow, Poland

Kraków in English also spelled Krakow or Cracow is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland, with a population of 756,336 in 2007. Situated on the Vistula river in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish scientific, cultural and artistic life. As the former national capital with a history encompassing more than a thousand years, the city remains the spiritual heart of Poland. It is a major attraction for local and international tourists, attracting seven million visitors annually. Famous landmarks include the Main Market Square with St. Mary's Basilica and the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Wawel Castle, the National Art Museum, the Zygmunt Bell at the Wawel Cathedral, and the medieval St Florian's Gate with the Barbican along the Royal Coronation Route. Explore more about Krakow, Poland