ITALY is Condé Nast Traveller readers' favourite country for the second year consecutive year.
What is it that impresses them about the place? Pretty much everything, it seems. It came first in the poll thanks to remarkably high scores in all five criteria on which the magazine asked them to vote, but ultimately beat the competition with top marks for culture and food.
Elsewhere, they think the US has the best places to stay (followed by France), and they love New Zealand and Australia for their landscapes. And where do they feel most welcome? They say that Greece is the world's most hospitable country, followed by Canada.
7. New Zealand
9. South Africa
14. Sri Lanka
17. United Arab Emirates
Picture Credit: From Top - "Ponte Vecchio" Florence, Italy by Mfiskum.Marius Fiskum.www.fototopia.no - via Wikimedia Commons; The King - "Löwe im Kruger National Park" by Chris vd Merwe via Wikimedia Commons; "Eyjafjallajökull", Iceland by Andreas Tille via Wikimedia Commons.