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25 Most Photographed Cities in Europe

Name the 25 most photographed cities in Europe, based on photos uploaded to Google Panoramio.
Source: touropia.com
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: October 14, 2019
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First submittedMay 27, 2014
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City
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Rome
2
Barcelona
3
Paris
4
Istanbul
5
Venice
6
Monaco
7
Florence
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City
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Budapest
9
Prague
10
Madrid
11
London
12
Lisbon
13
Munich
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City
14
Verona
15
Vienna
16
Salzburg
17
Granada
18
Athens
19
Berlin
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City
20
Porto
21
Amsterdam
22
Fira
23
San Sebastián
24
Valencia
25
Dublin
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Level 59
Jun 8, 2014
No Moscow or Sankt Petersburg? Hard quiz, but interesting ;)
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Level 51
Jun 10, 2014
Recent events should have made clear that Russia isn't in the European Union. While Moscow and St. Petersburg may be *geographically* in Europe, they aren't in the *political* Europe. Although this quiz didn't specify....
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Level 83
Oct 11, 2015
The EU isn't the definition of Europe. Otherwise Switzerland, Norway etc wouldn't be in Europe and that would be odd.
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Level 82
Oct 12, 2016
Monaco is also not in EU
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Level 29
Jul 30, 2020
Nor is the second or third largest economies in Europe. Russia and UK
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Level 39
Mar 17, 2022
monaco isnt in eu ?????????????
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Level 88
Aug 23, 2018
It's using the (defunct) GoogleEarth Panoramio user uploads. Russian computer users are busier with other American concerns.
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2019
That is very flawed logic, it doesnt have to be russians uploading the picture. More likely then not, most of these pictures will be taken by tourist from another country.
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Level 88
Jul 30, 2020
Jokes aren't logical by nature.
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Level 39
Aug 12, 2022
Exactly what I was thinking! No Frankfurt and Milan as well??

How does Porto get on here?

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Level 44
Jun 9, 2014
Istanbul is in Turkey which is in Asia, therfor it isn't part of europe
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2014
Istanbul is located in both Europe and Asia, devided by Bosphorus.
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Level 37
Jun 9, 2014
you should accept Opporto
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Level 58
Jun 14, 2014
It's Oporto, not Opporto
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Level 41
Mar 11, 2015
Ad Dunkinggandalf: In that case, you would have to say there is no Prague, but only Praha, no Rome, but only Roma, no Munich, only München etc etc etc...
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2017
@Tinu, you make out like the Portuguese version of Porto is Oporto which is completely wrong. It's Porto in Portugal and it's only incorrect foreigners who think it's called Oporto.
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Level 74
Sep 27, 2018
"Porto is also known as Oporto as a result of linguistic mis-interpretation, as apparently when the Portuguese referred to the city of Porto, they would precede it with an article “O”, and foreign traders therefore assumed the actually name of the city was Oporto."
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Level 57
Jun 9, 2014
So where did Vatican City rank in the source data? Just curious.
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Level 63
Aug 9, 2016
The given source only lists the 25 cities in this quiz. That source refers to another site called sitesmap.com. That one is basically a map of photographs on panoramio.com. It looks like they included Vatican City into Rome. There's only a little marker for St. Peter's Basilica if zooming into the Rome area. The markers of big cities like Rome include Information about their world rank.
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
Does photographing St Peters count as photographing the city since it is only one building or one square in it?
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Level 52
Jun 10, 2014
Turkey is part of Asia in every quiz in this game so I think Istanbul should be also.
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Level ∞
Jun 10, 2014
Loyal JetPunkers will know that while most of Turkey is in Asia, part of Istanbul is in Europe.
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Level 60
Jan 17, 2024
Might want to add a warning caveat still, as usual.
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2014
No Stockholm, Copenhagen, Munich, Seville, Ibiza; nothing at all in Switzerland - Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern; very surprising. Also the top 6 is 5 coastal cities plus Paris - maybe shots of beaches and Eiffel Tower are where all the cameras are pointed!
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Level 52
Jun 11, 2014
Munich is on the list...
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Level 50
Oct 4, 2018
I've been to Munich and I'm not surprised that its on there.
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Level 94
Aug 26, 2018
as it concerns this quiz i would not consider Rome a coastal city: the historical center is 30km inland, and you can't even see the sea.

It DOES have a neighborhood on the sea (Lido di Ostia) but it has not any touristic appeal

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Level 75
Jul 4, 2019
No tourist appeal?

It's home to Ostia Antica which is amazing, although I guess not many people who visit Rome have heard of it as it always seems very quiet except for the occasional school trip. Everyone seems to want to go to Pompeii instead, which is less interesting and a much longer & more expensive trip.

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Level 65
Apr 17, 2019
The only one you mention from the list that i might ve expected was copenhagen (the little mermaid), non of the others. I also expected the town stonehenge belongs to would be on here, besides eiffel tower ad the pyramids it must be one of the most photographed sites (sights?)
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
Stonehenge does not belong to any city, town or even village. It is the middle of wide open space (otherwise empty if you don't count the massive road passing it and the tourist centre) It is further away from 'civilisation' than the pyramids are nowadays.
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Level 50
Jun 11, 2014
You need to accept Oporto for Porto. Thats the English term for that city!
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2017
No it's not!
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Level 55
Jun 11, 2014
I'm surprised that Bruges isn't in the list
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2019
I tried antwerp
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Level 80
Sep 16, 2023
And Pisa!
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Level 53
Jun 14, 2014
Couldn't you accept Monte-Carlo for Monaco?
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Level 84
Jul 3, 2014
Monte Carlo is the equivalent of a neighborhood or borough
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Level 77
Jun 30, 2014
Moscow and St Petersburg? If Istanbul is included, they should be as well and I can't believe they wouldn't make the top 25.
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Level 75
Sep 8, 2014
Why is Barcelona above Paris? Seems odd since I haven't really soon all that much pictures of Barcelona compared to the hundreds I've seen of Paris.
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2014
The quiz setter got out his photo album and counted the photos he'd taken and then made out the list..............
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Level 62
Nov 23, 2014
The source for this quiz is clearly indicated at the top.
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Level 71
Jan 16, 2015
OK Mr. Panoramio got out his photo album and counted his photos.
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Level 33
Jun 2, 2016
So true Malbaby
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Level 88
Aug 23, 2018
Google Barcelona's architecture.
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2019
Really? I ve seen much much more of barcelona.
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
Gaudi
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Level 42
Mar 6, 2015
accept oporto please?
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Level 65
Aug 2, 2015
Yay for kiwirage, for reaching the 300,000's on all of your quizzes! :)
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Level 75
Aug 8, 2015
Lol it's Thira, not Fira!!!
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Level 68
Jan 9, 2021
It's actually the town of Φηρά (Fira), which is the capital of the island of Θήρα (Thira), which is also known as Santorini (Σαντορίνη).
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Level 75
Sep 14, 2015
Please accept Donostia for San Sebastian.
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Level 70
Sep 29, 2015
Fira is a town not a city so the title should be changed.
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Level 88
Aug 23, 2018
Ffs
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Level 28
Nov 16, 2015
I'm surprised Frankfurt isn't on the list with their skyline.
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Level 63
Aug 9, 2016
World rank 121 according to the sources source. There are a few nice places in Frankfurt but the rank is justified in comparison to other cities. At least from what I've experienced.
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2019
I tried giethoorn, apparently it is famous with asian tourists and come by busload swamping the little village. By them it is considered a little venice because the houses are connected by water instead of roads. Never realised people made such a fuss about it untill i came across several websites where apparently it is a big deal
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Level 37
Apr 30, 2016
I always thought Paris would be 1st by quite a long way, and I expected London to be higher for some reason, but I doubt it actually is :P
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Level 57
Jul 4, 2016
Could you accept Wien for Vienna? All other quizzes do, just saying
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Level 33
Jul 4, 2016
Hey Kiwirage would u go check out my quizzes
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Level 68
Aug 5, 2020
Umm, you don't have any quizzes.
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Level 35
Oct 1, 2016
I think that you should accept Thira for Fira.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2016
Please Accept Oporto for Porto, but still amazing quiz!
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2016
One of the events I dread the most is having some friend or relation turn up with a pile of photo albums depicting 'Where we went on Holidays'........... quote "This is me at Pisa........ the tower is behind me".... unquote
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2017
Lol. I'm just the opposite. I love seeing people I know enjoying themselves in places I'll probably never get to see. (Of course, payback is when they have to look at photos of my grandkids.)
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Level 65
Dec 8, 2016
moscow??
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Level 53
Apr 19, 2017
I try "Munchen" ehh, I always forgot English name of this city
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Level 88
Aug 23, 2018
We have to type out the full "Vereinigtes Königreich" for "UK" on German language quizzes.
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Level 70
Sep 11, 2018
Writing "Britannien" works, I never write Vereinigtes Königreich, I‘m too lazy :P
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
Campaign for VK. If we abbreviate it, our own country, then you should be allowed to abbreviate it too.
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Level 88
Mar 5, 2020
Thanks a belated year and a half later. I didn't know Britannien worked.

After typing Vereinigtes Königreich a couple times I entered it in my personal dictionary under the shortcut VK.

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Level 34
May 18, 2018
I'm surprised that Monaco was on this, because it is the 2nd smallest country in the world.
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Level 50
Aug 17, 2018
and there is literally nothing interesting to take a picture of there; except for other people's wealth...
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Level 51
Jun 1, 2018
Am I the only one who tried Pisa??...so many ppl go there to take pics with the leaning tower over there I was sure that would be there...also surprised Moscow isn't there
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Level 46
Jul 23, 2018
kicked my butt
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Level 32
Aug 23, 2018
I dont get it. People count Turkey is in Europe and others count it is in Asia..
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Level 83
Aug 24, 2018
Read through pretty much every comment section on this site and you may eventually get it.
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Level 39
Sep 6, 2019
Turkey is in both of the countries, but the vast majority is in Asia, so it is an Asian country. İstanbul is also both in Asia and Europe, so it can be considered both
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Level 88
Mar 5, 2020
Turkey is actually native to North America.
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Level 58
May 12, 2022
Anyone who doesn't get it just type East Thrace or Turkish Thrace on google and you will get it.
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Level 70
Aug 25, 2018
The true source on this no longer exists.

According the travel blog cited as the source, "...we looked at Sightsmap.com. Created by computer science professor Tanel Tammet, Sightsmap is a tool that maps Panoramio photographs taken across the world on an interactive map."

Panoramio, however, was discontinued as a service by Google. Sitesmap is still around but it still lists Panoramio as its source.

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Level 68
Sep 27, 2018
Pretty surprised that Edinburgh, York and Liverpool (come on - The Beatles!) aren't on this list.
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2019
It isnt a uk list though. Probably interesting towns, but i cant think of anything famous to take pictures of there. Doesnt mean there arent, just not any sites they are really known for. Like eiffeltower for paris.
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
Excuse me, Edinburgh is a) not a town b) more than just interesting it is very beautiful and lots of photos are taken all the time.

Have you really not heard of the most famous castles in the world?

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Level 68
Oct 15, 2020
Last time I was in York you couldn't move for Japanese and Chinese tourists taking photos of either York Minster (gorgeous) or The Shambles (medieval street, allegedly the inspiration for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley)
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Level 83
Jan 26, 2024
Durham and Oxford too, big for Harry Potter among tourists but also just medieval buildings in general
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Level 32
Sep 27, 2018
I put Roma instead of Rome, pah :P
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Level 34
Apr 26, 2019
So glad to see 4 Italian cities in this list! And San Sebastiàn too! I feel like a proud mama hen :)
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Level 59
May 5, 2019
And so you should be.

Italy is a very lovely country.

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Level 83
Apr 27, 2019
I’d love to know how these stats would change if a different platform, such as Instagram, was used instead.

I may have to research and come up with my own quiz!

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Level 53
Jul 27, 2019
'Donostia' should work for 'San Sebastián'
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Level 58
Oct 14, 2019
Accept Munchen for Munich?
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2019
Really surprised Pisa isnt here, it is one of those traditional photo things, like eiffel tower. Especially with 4 other cities on this list in italy. Especially florence, I mean you are nearly there allready, just a bit more than an hour away. Have your lunch on the train and you are almost there already.
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Level 66
Mar 5, 2020
I've never heard of Fira. I tried Bilbao, but didn't try San Sebastian. And I'm surprised Seville is not on there.
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Level 56
Dec 22, 2020
I agree. I thought of Bilbao... but I thought, if not Bilbao then also not San Sebastian!
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Level 43
Jul 1, 2020
I find it interesting that most quizzes on this site don't class Turkey as part of Europe and yet this one includes Istanbul. Technically it shouldn't be there as it's part of Asia although that can be debated. Perhaps it should be replaced with Vatican City based on above discussions.
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Level 29
Jul 30, 2020
How is london 10th. Really. After Florence and Prague?
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Level 68
Oct 15, 2020
London might not be as beautiful (debatable) as those two but it is certainly more iconic. Most people would recognise Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Tower of London etc but I for one would struggle to name a single photoworthy building/structure in Florence or Prague.
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Level 69
May 21, 2021
If you don't know any photoworthy sites in Florence or Prague, I suggest you visit both without looking up photos beforehand. They'll blow your mind.
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Level 56
Dec 22, 2020
Just not very photogenic? I live on the outskirts of London, so perhaps familiarity breeds contempt, but when you take photos of Florence or Prague they often look like works of art without you even having to try. London needs a lot of work, I think, not to just look grey, dull and (unfortunately) increasingly skyscrapery in comparison. Just doing a quick Google image search on the three cities shows the difference.

Now York, Oxford, Bath, Chester, Edinburgh – they are different kettles of fish.

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Level 68
Jan 9, 2021
I live in one of those and have been to sixteen more. Off to Monaco, Florence, Budapest, Madrid, Verona, Salzburg, Porto and Valencia next!
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Level 82
May 1, 2022
been to 20. lived in several. but I'm sure you know more about them than I do.
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2022
One of the ones I missed originally, and the least-guessed answer here, is now home to my youngest nephew as he's doing a semester abroad. It does look like a beautiful place.
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Level 58
May 12, 2022
Hard to believe the vatican is not in this list. I assume it actually should be but people just tag it on their trips as Rome.
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Level 52
Jun 22, 2022
i know all of the except san sebastian. What and where is it? And why is it so photographed?
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Level 74
Jul 12, 2022
It's in northern Spain. My guess is because of the beautiful landscape with its defining two beaches. It's especially beautiful from the hill between the beaches.
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Level 47
Mar 18, 2023
whats fira
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2023
One of the 25 most photographed cities in Europe (at the time this quiz was made).
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Level 44
Jul 19, 2023
you would think moscow would be on the list
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Level 49
Aug 11, 2023
Interesting quiz! I only got 18/25