Rough Guides, an online travel planning company, has recently released a poll asking its readers to vote for the most beautiful countries in the world. After receiving thousands of votes, they have now compiled their list of the top 20 most beautiful countries.

Coming in first place is New Zealand, known for its diverse landscape and stunning natural beauty. With over 600 islands, the country offers an array of scenery, from pristine beaches like Maitai Bay to towering peaks like Mt Taranaki. Additionally, New Zealand boasts vibrant cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, all set against picturesque backdrops.

In second place is Italy, with its picturesque mountain ranges and stunning coastline. From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the rugged cliffs of Amalfi Coast, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views in this European country. Italy also has some of the world’s most beautiful cities such as Rome and Florence that are rich in history and culture.

Canada secured third place on this list followed by Switzerland in fourth place. Both countries offer a range of natural beauty, from snow-capped mountains to crystal-clear lakes and vast forests. These two countries are also popular for their skiing and hiking opportunities.

The list includes other popular travel destinations such as France, Great Britain, Norway, Australia, Greece and South Africa among others. Each country has been chosen based on its unique combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

For more information on why Rough Guides readers chose each country and to discover their top picks for small towns, mountains and beaches visit their website. If you are interested in exploring these beautiful destinations further then check out their roundups which will help you plan your next trip!

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