Italy tops world favourite destination list

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The Belmond Hotel Splendid hotel in Portofino was voted Europe's second best hotel. Portofino photo: Shutterstock
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Italy has once again captured the heart of travellers “like no other country in the world”, with readers of Condé Nast Traveller voting it the world’s best destination for 2014.

Italy has retained the top spot for the fourth year in a row thanks to its diverse landscape, abundance of history and culture, and good food.

Italy was followed by the USA, for its "friendly people", and Australia.

Readers of the luxury travel website also put Sicily in third place as the world’s best island, just behind the Maldives and the Greek islands.

The island of Capri, off the Amalfi coast, came seventh for its “delicious food and fantastic places to stay”, while Sardinia came 14th.

Rome and Florence were voted the world’s seventh and eighth best cities "outside of the UK".

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Italy’s hotels also fared well, with Portofino’s Belmond Hotel Splendido and Rome’s Hotel de Russie coming second and third as the most favoured hotels in Europe.

The Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda was also voted sixth best “destination spa” in the world.

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