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5 Iconic Cities you should visit

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There’s much to be discovered in any city. There’s the centre, the urban sprawl, the small towns, nature, and so on. You can easily lose yourself discovering all the different facets of a destination; that’s what makes travelling so much fun. However, to get to the heart of a country, you need to head to its biggest city. Some people will disagree with it, but if you’re in a place where most people live, the place that represents the past and the future, then you’ll never be too far from the heart of the country. Below, we take a look at the biggest cities in five of the world’s most iconic countries.

Rome, Italy

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Italy is special throughout, but Rome? That’s something else entirely. With thousands of years of history under its belt, this is the home of one of history’s greatest civilisations. Around every corner, you’ll find monuments, buildings, and streets that date back thousands of years. Get lost wandering the historic centre, and you’ll be walking through some of the world’s most celebrated attractions. A joy from start to finish.

Tokyo, Japan


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Tokyo: the biggest city in the world! Hypermodern, bigger than eyes can comprehend, and a joy to explore, the rise of Tokyo is nothing short of miraculous. You have to see it for yourself to really understand. If you’re planning on going, make sure you take some comfortable shoes and prepare to be wowed!

Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa is one of a kind, both in relation to the rest of the continent and the wider world. ITs biggest city is Johannesburg, an economic powerhouse which is home to around 11 million people. Book yourself into the Protea Hotel Johannesburg Wanderers, and you’ll have a host of terrific attractions waiting for you. There’s the Apartheid Museum, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, and of course plenty of nightlife. If you’re travelling in the hope of seeing what South Africa is all about, you could do a lot worse than getting intimate with its biggest city.

New York City, USA

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Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston: all fine cities. But let’s be real here, nowhere in the United States - nowhere in the world - compares with the greatest city of all, New York City. A densely packed city, it represents the best of America: innovative, creative, always looking forward (though always with a respectful nod to the past), and just ever so slightly overwhelming. From Greenwich Village up to Harlem and beyond, you could spend years exploring the iconic streets and still never get bored. Bigger and better than ever, the future is going to be just as illustrious as the past for this city.

Paris, France

Of all European capital cities, none are revered quite as much as the biggest city in France, Paris. The lifestyle, the people, the history, the beauty of its buildings and quality of its culture...this is one city that oozes charm. Visit during spring and summer, and you’ll have no complaints exploring the historic streets.

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