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How great is greatest?

Friday, 13 May 2022 09:55

A recent survey by Telegraph Travel revealed the greatest city on Earth. “Starting with a shortlist of 50 cities, we then collated data across a range of different categories which reward cities for their practicality, cultural prowess and history, but also for breathing space, luxury and safety.”  And having crunched the data, one city emerged which the Telegraph crowned “officially the greatest city on Earth.” 

The winner was Barcelona. With two far-flung cities, Sydney and Cape Town, taking second and third place.  Of course we were heartbroken not to see an Italian city on the winner’s podium. But hold on…Italy is the ONLY country with two cities in the top ten: Venice at 5th place and Florence at 10th!  

And who can really say what greatest means. As Vladimir Horowitz once replied when asked if he was the greatest pianist of all times: “What is the greatest? Can I say Beethoven is the greatest? Or Mozart? Although - he added with a twinkle - my mother does think I am the greatest pianist.”   


Pamela McCourt FrancesconePamela McCourt Francescone
Executive Editor

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