VenicePhoto: Miss KA great city is a great walking city. So which is the greatest of them all? Travel book publisher Lonely Planet just surveyed its readers and asked them to pick the best walking cities in the world from a list of 186. Take a stroll through the top 10, counting down to the city that readers rated No. 1, and see if your favorite made the cut.


“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”
                                           — Truman Capote



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BostonPhoto: Tim O’Brien

“Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the larger proportion of people are loving, rational, and happy.”
                                                                                                                            — Julia Ward Howe

San Francisco

San Francisco.Photo: Trey Ratcliff

“It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.”
                                                                                                                                  — Oscar Wilde


BarcelonaPhoto: Trent Strohm

“There [in Barcelona] is where it all began … There is where I understood how far I could go.”
                                                                                                                                        — Picasso


Amsterdam.Photo: Werner Kunz

“In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal.”
                                                                                                                         — Felix Marti-Ibañez


Prague.Photo: Moyan Brenn

“Prague never lets you go … this dear little mother has sharp claws.”
                                                                                                                                  — Franz Kafka


Rome.Photo: Moyan Brenn

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.”
                                                                                                                             — Anatole Broyard


ParisPhoto: Moyan Brenn

“There are in Paris certain streets as dishonored as can be any man convicted of infamy; then there are noble streets, also streets that are simply honest … In short, the streets of Paris have human qualities, and impress us by their physiognomy with certain ideas against which we are defenceless.”
                                                                                                                           — Honoré de Balzac

New York

New YorkPhoto: Steve Minor

“On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.”
                                                                                                                                     — E.B. White


LondonPhoto: Gianmaria Veronese

“You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
                                                                                                                            — Samuel Johnson