Age before beauty -- an old adage that does not apply in Hollywood (have you seen Mickey Rourke?), but one that apparently does apply when it comes to architecture. So say voters, anyway, who've chosen Rome as the most beautiful city in the world.
Travel authority Rough Guides tallied votes from readers over Facebook and Twitter to determine the 14 most picturesque metropoles on the planet. Though the ranking doesn't mention anything about Rome's forthcoming red light district, it nevertheless found the Eternal City as no. 1 based on its stunning buildings, piazzas, and art.
Florence landed in second place in the poll, thanks to the Duomo and Michaelangelo's David, while Paris came in third because it's Paris, and everybody loves that place. And while the UK, Spain, and Australia had two cities on the list apiece, Italy unanimously won the global beauty contest, with Venice also cracking the top 10 at no. 7.