The best way to explore any city is on foot, taking in its sights, sounds, and smells up close and personal. Driving, especially to and in big cities, can be challenging. You may have to deal with massive traffic jams, road rage, delays, or have to pay outrageous fees for parking – if you can find a place to park, that is. Nothing puts a damper a vacation faster than feeling stressed out just getting from place-to-place. So, here are the 13 Best Cities around The World that are Better for Walking.
Given that much traffic in Florence’s historic center is restricted to permit-bearing residents, buses, and taxis, it’s a city that begs to be explored on foot. Often compared to an open-air museum, the city is home to an abundance of historic sights, all within relatively easy walking distance of each other, from Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (perhaps Florence’s most famous landmark) to the historic Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge spared from German bombing during World War II), to Piazzale Michelangelo with its breathtaking views over the city and surrounding Tuscan countryside. Its plentiful cafes, bars, and restaurants offer respite for tired feet.