Destinations

Viana do Castelo

municipality and city in Portugal

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Machico

Machico is the second biggest city in Madeira Island. It has 67.73 km² and 21,321 inhabitants (2004), divided into 5 districts. The municipality is bordered to the south by the municipality of Santa Cruz on the west by Santana and by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and east. Here you can find pedestrian tracks throughout the mountains, lovely beaches, and good restaurants. Every year in the first week of August take place a big food festival. There you can taste various traditional dishes from Madeira. Also some music shows are offered and after closing you can always go to one of the clubs opened all night long.

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Fátima

city and civil parish in Ourém, Portugal

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Lisbon

capital city of Portugal

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Nazaré

municipality and town of Portugal

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Braga

municipality and city in Portugal

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Évora

municipality and city in Portugal

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Azores

The archipelago of the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal. This group of islands of the Atlantic Ocean is an ultra peripheral area of the European Union.

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Pinhel

Pinhel is a city and a municipality in central Portugal, known as the "Cidade Falcao" for its castle near the Coa river valley

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Sintra

municipality in the Lisbon District, Portugal

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Óbidos

municipality and town of Portugal

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Funchal

municipality and city in Madeira Island, Portugal

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Coimbra

municipality and city in Portugal

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Aveiro

municipality and city in Portugal

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Porto

municipality and city in Portugal

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Guimarães

municipality and city in Portugal

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Sights

Madeira

Autonomous Region of Portugal in the archipelago of Madeira

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Cascais

municipality and town of Portugal

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Viseu

municipality and city in Portugal

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Tomar

municipality and city in Portugal

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Almada

municipality and city in Portugal

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Vila Nova de Gaia

municipality and city in Portugal

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Ponta Delgada

municipality and city in Portugal

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Jerónimos Monastery

Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery was built in the 16th century and is an outstanding example of the Portuguese late Gothic Manueline style.

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Vila Real

municipality and city in Portugal

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Batalha Monastery

building in Batalha, Leiria District, Portugal

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National Museum of Ancient Art

Portugal's impressive national art collection, including 14-19th century European painting, artefacts of Portuguese contact with the East and Africa and a collection of ecclesiastical treasures. Highlights include Dürer's St Jerome, Hieronymus Bosch's Temptations of St Antony, Nuno Gonçalves' Adoration of St Vincent, and 16th century Japanese paintings of Portuguese traders.

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Gorée

Goree Island in English, it was named by the Dutch after taking over the island from the Portuguese in the late 1600s. Today it's listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Goree was a minor location used for the transport of slaves headed to the Americas, though its prominence is often overplayed. The island has interesting colonial architecture, mostly in ruins, including the landmark "House of Slaves" museum. Ferries can be taken from the terminal north of Place de l'Independence and cost CFA5000. The trip takes 10-20 minutes. There are many small restaurants and a handful of places offering lodging. This is a place with a great atmosphere, because it gives you kind of an pirate-island (with friendly folks all-over kind of feeling). Just walk around and explore. It's a small island, so you can easily stroll around it in an hour. You can buy cheap beer and lounge on the beach when you're done, or stroll some more and buy art-work from the locals.

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Peniche, Portugal

municipality and city in Portugal

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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

One of the best museums in Lisbon. Created from the personal collection of the art and artifact collector Calouste Gulbenkian. The collection include Egyptian artefacts; Islamic and oriental art; paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat; and a large collection of objects made by the Art Nouveau jeweler René Lalique. Gulbenkian was an Armenian born in the Ottoman Empire who, through his investments in Iraqi oil, became one of the wealthiest men of his time. During a journey he fell ill and had to seek medical attention in Lisbon. He fell in love with the city and decided live out his final days there. After his death his immense collections where organized into this museum. There is also a separate Gulbenkian Modern Art Center (MAC). The Gulbenkian Gardens which surround the museums and foundation building are worth a visit in and of themselves, as a little oasis in the middle of downtown Lisbon.

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Lamego

municipality and city in Portugal

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Pena Palace

Beautiful example of pseudo-Moorish Romantic architecture. The facades were completely restored in January 2015, so it is well-worth a visit. You can walk there from Sintra in about an hour (uphill!) or catch a bus. You can see a good collection of furniture and the royal apartments. Note that there are often sizeable queues (over an hour) to visit the interior of the palace and no photos are allowed inside. The exterior of the palace and adjoining chapel can be visited without queuing. Surrounding the palace is a huge park which is much quieter, and can be explored on foot or by a small tourist train service. The Chalet decorated with bark is particularly worth visiting, and the greenhouses, stables and lakes are pleasant.

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São João National Theatre

Porto's main theatre and opera production company and venue. There are also guided tours (€5/person) for access to the stage, rehearsal room, dressing rooms and the technical area (if they are not used during the time of the tour).

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Braga Cathedral

cathedral

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Asilah

City in Morocco

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Sanctuary of Fátima

in Portugal

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Livraria Lello

The Lello Bookstore, also known as Livraria Lello & Irmão and Livraria Chardron, is a bookstore located in civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the northern Portuguese municipality of Porto.

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Monastery of Santa Cruz (Coimbra)

church in Baixa

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Rossio railway station

Built in 1890 as the Estação Central (Central Station), it was the main railway hub until 1957. It provides a direct connection to Sintra in about 40 min. The trains access the station through a 2.6-km long tunnel. The main facade is an example of the Neo-Manueline style, a revival of Gothic style in Portugal during the mid-19th century.

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Vasco da Gama Bridge

It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), and ninth longest in the world, with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi), including 0.829 km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads.

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Lisbon Oceanarium

One of the world's largest oceanariums. Built by American architect Peter Chermayeff, it hosts thousends of marine species of the oceans, such as sea otters,penguins and sharks. The main tank is huge, representing the Atlantic environment, with hundreds of small fishes, sharks, barracuda, snappers and a huge sunfish. Ideal for children.

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Porto Cathedral

This Romanesque cathedral was originally completed in the 13th century. Later on Baroque alterations were made in the 17th and 18th century. The cathedral is located on top of a hill from where you also have great views over the city and the river.

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Climbing the monument gives you a spectacular view of Belém.

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Serralves

A contemporary museum designed by the famous architect Álvaro Siza, with a huge garden/park and an Art Deco Villa. When visiting this foundation you can visit the exhibitions, relax at the park, have lunch at the restaurant, bar or tea house and explore the shops or the library. There is also a farm at the southern end of the park.

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Church of Santa Engrácia

This is one of the most striking buildings in Lisbon. It's tall dome and white facade makes it a real landmark in Alfama/Eastern Lisbon. Excellent views from the rooftop terrace. Construction began in 1681, then halted until the dome was added in 1966 and then converted to the National Pantheon. Amalia Rodrigues, queen of fado, is buried here, and fresh roses can be seen on the tomb.The church also has wide viewing platform on the rooftop all around its dome. Excellent panorama of the river and surroundings. No elevator.

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Coa Valley

Côa Valley is in Portugal in Guarda district, along the Coa river.

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Christ the King (Almada)

This statue of Christ the King overlooking Lisbon is across the river but is clearly visible from Lisbon. The monument was inspired by the similar statue in Rio de Janeiro. See Almada for details.

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Águas Livres Aqueduct

This is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering, including the largest stone arch in the world. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km. The Mãe d'Água (Mother of the Water) reservoir of the Amoreiras, the largest of the water reservoirs, was finished in 1834. This reservoir, with a capacity of 5,500 m³ of water, was designed by Carlos Mardel. It is now deactivated and can be visited as part of the Museu da Água (Water Museum).

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São Bento Palace

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São Jorge Castle

Up the hill, with a great view over the city and the river. If you have the energy, get there by walking from downtown, going through the fantastic old neighborhood of Alfama.

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Old Cathedral of Coimbra

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Church of São Francisco (Porto)

A Gothic church with later alterations of the interior decorations in Baroque style.

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Estrela Basilica

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Praça do Comércio

This magnificent plaza, facing the river, is the beginning of Lisboa's downtown. It is also known as 'Terreiro do Paço', meaning 'Grounds of the Palace', relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755. The upper floors of the yellow buildings surrounding the square are mainly used as government offices, while the lower floors often contains cafés and restaurants. King Josef I, who ruled during the reconstruction of Lisbon, is seen as a mounted statue in the middle of the square, while the arch facing north is a tribute to the explorer Vasco da Gama.

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Cabo da Roca

cape

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Berardo Collection Museum

The permanent collection of the museum consist of the Berardo Collection, which is made up of modern en contemporary art, with major art movements like abstract expressionism, Abstraction-Création, action painting, body Art, constructivism, cubism, De Stijl, digital art, experimental art, geometric abstraction, kinetic art, minimal art, neo-expressionism, neo-plasticism, neo-Realism, op art, photography, photorealism, pop art, realism, suprematism, surrealism. Includes artists like Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and Francis Bacon.

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Soares dos Reis National Museum

Museum displaying Portuguese art. Founded in 1833.

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Monsaraz

civil parish in Reguengos de Monsaraz

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National Coach Museum

Housed in the former riding school of the palace, don't miss the world's largest collection of horse-drawn coaches and other royal vehicles. One of Lisbon's many unusual museums. In the "Museum street", Belem.

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Lisbon Zoo

A zoo that is fairly pricey, but has a variety of exotic animals featuring sea-lions and dolphins.

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Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha

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Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Fátima)

This is the newest Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in the Sanctuary of Fátima. It includes the chapels of reconciliation (confessions).

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Convent of the Capuchos (Sintra)

building in Sintra, Lisbon District, Portugal

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Parque das Nações

civil parish in Lisboa

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New Cathedral of Coimbra

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Clérigos Church

Baroque church in Portugal

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Grão Vasco National Museum

cultural heritage monument in Viseu, Portugal

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Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Various exhibits, including one on the topic of electricity in the building of a former power station.

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Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary (Fátima)

Contains the tombs of two of the little shepherds Francisco and Jacinta Marto (who died in 1919-1920), as well as the tomb of Sister Lucia (who died in 2005).

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Santa Justa Lift

Excellent vertical view of the Baixa streets, next to Igreja do Carmo. The line can be quite long, you may want to consider walking up and riding it down instead.

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Estádio do Bessa

They play at Estádio do Bessa, capacity 28,000. It's 2 km northwest of the centre, metro Francos.

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Casino da Madeira

The only casino on the island. The building's unusual shape was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Casino da Madeira offers table games such as Texas Hold 'em, blackjack, baccarat and American roulette (with 0 and 00) and slots. Outside of gambling there is the Palm bar, the Rio casual restaurant, the formal Bahlia restaurant and the Copacabana nightclub that hosts live musical performances (just like the Barry Manilow song). Note that the premises have dress code that forbids sandals, flip-flops and sports wear. Free parking and Wi-Fi for patrons.

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Estádio Cidade de Coimbra

one of the Euro 2004 stages

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Castle of the Moors

One of the highlights of Sintra not to be missed. Ruins of a castle built by the Moors from the 10th century onwards. Apparently, when Cascais was under the rule of Sintra, a huge fire would be lit here annually to remind the people of Cascais that the Moorish Castle is there to protect them. There isn’t much inside the castle but the views from around 400 m above sea level are stunning. Be careful on the walls though, they’re very narrow in places and lack any safety railings...

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Ouadane

commune of Mauritania

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Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova

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Castle of Guimarães

building in Guimarãeses, Braga District, Portugal

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Capela dos Ossos

small interior chapel in Evora, Portugal

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Fort of São Francisco do Queijo

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Almendres Cromlech

stone circle in Évora, Portugal

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Port Wine Museum

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Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra

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Circuito do Estoril

motorsport track in Portugal

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Madeira Botanical Garden

The more than 2000 plants of these hillside gardens, plus the view of Funchal make this one of the major attractions of the whole island. The gardens also feature a collection of parakeets and parrots.

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Arco da Porta Nova

monument in Braga, Portugal

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Quinta das Lágrimas

and its tragic story of love

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Prazeres Cemetery

This large cemetery is packed with majestic gravestones and mausoleums, separated by wide, pedestrian, tree-lined "streets". Many graves are marked with icons telling something about the person's role in historical Lisbon. A beautiful respite from the busy city.

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Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha

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Portuguese Centre of Photography

Housed in a beautiful building in the centre of the city.

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Pavilhão Rosa Mota

A multi purpose pavilion with nice gardens to rest, also known as "Palácio de Cristal".

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Pelourinho (Cidade Velha)

Erected in 1512 or 1520, this is perhaps the oldest monument in Cape Verde. It was a symbol of colonial power and of slavery, as rebellious slaves were punished publicly on it.

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Navy Museum (Portugal)

One of the most important in Europe, evoking Portugal's domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jerónimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward. The oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India.

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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré

church in Nazaré, Portugal

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Forte Real de São Filipe

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Restauradores Square

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Eduardo VII Park

Formal park with expansive views down toward the city and water from Miradouro Parque Eduardo VII. Home to the wonderful Estufa Fira greenhouse gardens.

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Boca do Inferno

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Science Museum of the University of Coimbra

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Praça da Figueira

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Quartel Jaime Mota

building in Cape Verde

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Marquis of Pombal Square

Essentially a large roundabout with a sizeable statue of a former Portuguese prime-minister in the middle.

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Penedo da Saudade

a beautiful garden

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Portugal

Portugal is a country on the western edge of the Iberian peninsula, bordering Spain. Despite its small land area, it has many landforms and climates between the Atlantic coast and the mountains. Portugal has plenty of prehistoric sites, as well as remnants from the Roman Empire, and the Age of Exploration, when Portuguese explorers found the Cape Route around Africa, and completed the world's first circumnavigation.

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Spain

Spain (Spanish: España) shares the Iberian Peninsula with Andorra, Gibraltar, and Portugal. It has the second-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites after Italy and the largest number of World Heritage Cities.

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