Readers of prestigious British luxury travel magazine ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ have voted Italy as their favourite destination in the world. Italy was voted Favourite Country at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards, beating the USA into second place, followed by France, Spain and Greece. La bella Italia had a successful year at the awards: in the Favourite Overseas Cities category, Rome, Venice and Florence were all placed in the top 10. Rome made a remarkable climb to third position from sixth position in 2012, and Venice moved up to fifth place from 18th. In the tourism industry classification, the Grand Hotel Villa Feltrinelli on the western shore of Lake Garda in northern Italy, came second under the category Overseas Holiday Hotels - Europe, Turkey & Russia. The awards are among the most respected and coveted in the travel sector and voted for by ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ readers, who fill out questionnaires on their preferences and tourism experiences, which are then analysed by an independent market-research company and formulated under various categories. Italy received a high number of preferences in all of the categories, most of all for its culture and gastronomy. ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ has a circulation of 83,000 copies monthly and is considered one of the leading publications covering tourism.
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