According to a recent reader poll in Travel & Leisure Magazine, Florence, Italy tops the list of the world's best cities. Check out the others.

  1. <b>Florence, Italy</b> population: 956,000
  2. <b>Rome, Italy</b> population: 2.5 million
  3. <b>Bangkok, Thailand</b> population: official year 2000 census population of 6,355,144, but actually numbering at least twice that.
  4. <b>Sydney, Australia</b> population: 4.2 million
  5. <b>Chiang Mai, Thailand</b> population: 700,000
  6. <b>Cape Town, South Africa</b> population: 2.95 million
  7. <b>Buenos Aires, Argentina</b> population: 12.4 million
  8. <b>New York City, USA</b> population: 8.1 million
  9. <b>Beirut, Lebanon</b> population: 938,940 to as high as 2,012,000. No "comprehensive" population census taken since 1932.
  10. <b>San Francisco, USA</b> population: 744,041