World's Best Cities 2011
No. 2 Florence
charismatic mayor leading the way, a new generation of tastemakers is injecting
a welcome dose of contemporary culture into this much-loved Renaissance city,
set amid rolling hills studded with towers and churches. New galleries and aperitivo bars share the compact city center with more than one million works of
art—among them Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
Factor in high-fashion brands like Gucci and Cavalli, succulent steaks, and the
traditional artisan workshops of the Oltrarno, and it's no wonder that Florence
beat out European cities many times its size.