16 Most Beautiful Towns in the World

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The 14th-century stone cottages along Arlington Road in Bilbury, England, are the most photographed buildings in this picturesque village.
Bilbury, in the Cotswolds, was called "the most beautiful village in England" by 19th century writer-artist William Morris.
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The Alpine views and timber chalets of Wengen, Switzerland, have been attracting travelers since the late 1800s.
The quintessential Alpine town of Wengen looks straight out of Heidi.
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Sweeping Mediterranean views and tons of medieval charm have made Eze a popular stop on the French Riviera.
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Simple stone buildings and cobblestone streets add to the charm in Eze.
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The fairy-tale village of Eze was a favorite of Walt Disney's.
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Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic grew up around the 13th-century Gothic castle of the Lords of Krumlov.
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The cobblestone streets of Cesky Krumlov's Old Town are lined with Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance buildings housing art galleries, cafes, and quaint B&Bs.
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Cesky Krumlov is set in a valley in Bohemia south of the Blansko Forest and circled by the Vltava River.
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The deep blue of the Bay of Tunis makes the perfect backdrop for the white buildings in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia.
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All of the buildings in Sidi Bou Said are stark white and adorned with vivid blue doors, shutters, and decorative ironwork.
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Writers Colette and Simone de Beauvoir were inspired by the village of Sidi Bou Said in northern Tunisia.
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The Japanese village of Shirakawa-go is known for houses built in a style known as gassho, resembling hands folded in prayer.
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The hallmarks of the houses in Shirakawa-go are roofs with 60-degree slopes (to help the snow slide off more easily) and attics used as warm spots for raising silkworms in winter.
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St. George, Bermuda is the oldest continually occupied English town in the Americas, and little has changed since the Brits established residence here in 1612.
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St Peter's Church in St George is the oldest continuously occupied Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere.
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Beautifully preserved colonial architecture is a hallmark of St. George.
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The quiet hilltop town of Savoca is only a 40-minute drive from the popular Sicilian resort town of Taormina.
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The Sicilian town of Savoca was famously used as a backdrop for The Godfather, including spots like Bar Vitelli.
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Savoca is thought to be about 1,000 years old and contains buildings dating back to Medieval times.
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Pariangan in western Sumatra is said to be the oldest—and most culturally significant—village of the Minangkabau people and has numerous well-preserved examples of traditional Minangkabau pointed-roof architecture.
The Turkish village of Göreme features some of the best-preserved examples of ancient cave churches and monasteries in Cappadocia.
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One of the best ways to view the iconic "fairy chimney" rock formations of Göreme is from the air.
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Restored antebellum homes stand alongside fragrant gardens in Madison, Georgia.
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Legend has it that General Sherman refused to burn down Madison during his March to the Sea because it was so pretty.
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Chimayó was settled by the Spanish in the late 1600s and the town became known for weaving, farming, and livestock raising, all of which are still practiced today.
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An aura of mysticism and spirituality surrounds Chimayó, which is in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains.
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There are many spiritual spots in Chimayó, New Mexico, including the Santuario de Chimayó.
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Caleta Tortel is the Venice of Chile—if Venice had stilt houses and wooden walkways instead of ornate palazzi and stone bridges.
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The colorfully painted houses in Caleta Tortel are built on skinny, raised stilts in the Chilota style.
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Architecture in Niagara-on-the-Lake includes well-preserved examples of Regency, Classical Revival, and Second French Empire.
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The island of Molokai is often called "the real Hawaii"—no stoplights, there's a law against buildings "taller than a coconut tree," and more than half the residents are native Hawaiian.
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There are several residential communities around Molakai, which is also home to Hawaii's longest continuing fringing reef and the world's highest sea cliffs.
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Set among the dramatic limestone cliffs of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, the floating village of Cua Van is made up of a collection of docked boats and colorful raft houses.
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We love towns that are long on charm, personality, and photo ops, and we combed the globe to find the best! From a hilltop in the French Riviera to a valley in New Mexico, we've got a wide world of gorgeous villages worth maxing out your smartphone's memory!

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