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Old September 13th, 2014, 06:14 PM   #81
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Really dangerous city, great density but not that nice outside the inner harbor. It's kind of the "black sheep" / bad apple out of the major Northeast US cities. Ever heard of the tv show "The Wire"?

Also, the skyline is really short, which definitely doesn't do it any favors on a skyscraper site!
Yeah Baltimore is rated right where it should be, I certainly wouldn't f--k with that city
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Old September 13th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #82
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Pisa is one the towns I liked the most when I was in Italy. The common conception of the city is that it's only worth a one-day trip just for the Tower, but I found the town quite nice. That is why I'd put it in this thread:


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Old September 14th, 2014, 07:55 AM   #83
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In Canada, I think Winnipeg is probably the most under rated.

The Peg is a great town with lots of interesting neighbourhoods, architecture, and has a fantastic cultural and arts scene.

Some people are down on Mexico City and I have yet to figure out why, I loved Mexico City!
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Old September 14th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #84
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In Morocco I would say Rabat , Morocco . It is very nice , clean , a lot to do , very historic and very modern and it is developing fast but still so many Moroccans call it extremely boring
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Old September 14th, 2014, 02:48 PM   #85
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Porto, Portugal and Valencia, Spain.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #86
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I've always thought that southern Italy is undervalued, Naples is perfectly among the five major cities of europe artistic level, for a variety of times, quantity and artistic quality.
Palermo is also fantastic, was the most populated city in Europe in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and has real gems of european art as Monreale, which is not even declared world heritage.
In my country say Córdoba, is famous his mosque but also has a unique historic town with variety of eras and dream places
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Old September 14th, 2014, 04:25 PM   #87
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^may be just my perception (worked in tourism though), but Sicily as a whole is one of Europe's most iconic destinations for "regional" tourism, in Italy second only to Tuscany. The combination of Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast probably comes just after those two, I would say that Northern regions like Veneto or Liguria are more underrated IMO.

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Porto, Portugal and Valencia, Spain.
Aye, especially Porto. Very special city from what I gather.
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^may be just my perception (worked in tourism though), but Sicily as a whole is one of Europe's most iconic destinations for "regional" tourism, in Italy second only to Tuscany. The combination of Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast probably comes just after those two, I would say that Northern regions like Veneto or Liguria are more underrated IMO.
the Campania is a very visited place, are tourists that make the trip Amalfi coast, Capri and Pompeii but many tour operators advise against visiting Naples based on stereotypes.
I do not mean to Sicily together, I mean Palermo, a city with a unique heritage and it is a scandal that is not on the list of World Heritage
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Old September 14th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #89
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^but when a region is famous as a whole, this still reflects on the cities too, and it benefits them. When organizing a region-wide trip is hard not to spend at least a few days in the major cities (like Palermo and/or Catania for Sicily), at least because that's where you fly in and from.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 09:15 PM   #90
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I wouldn't say that Bratislava, Slovakia, is one of the world's most underrated cities, but it is definitely underrated. Almost all the tourists, who visit it for the first time, are "positively surprised" by Bratislava. Maybe it's because they expect something like this:



And this is actual Bratislava (or at least the city center):

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Old September 17th, 2014, 12:43 AM   #91
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Definitely Mexico City, Amazing Mega City, overshadowed by its bad stereotypes...
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Old September 17th, 2014, 03:35 AM   #92
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Really dangerous city, great density but not that nice outside the inner harbor. It's kind of the "black sheep" / bad apple out of the major Northeast US cities. Ever heard of the tv show "The Wire"?

Also, the skyline is really short, which definitely doesn't do it any favors on a skyscraper site!
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Yeah Baltimore is rated right where it should be, I certainly wouldn't f--k with that city
Wow! Quite strong comments there. Baltimore does have its good and bad areas. I'd say it's not as dangerous as people think it is. Also, there's more to Baltimore than the inner harbor. In fact, a lot of things that Baltimore has to offer are not in inner harbor.

Oh well, the perception of it being a "dangerous city" is probably one of the reasons why it is underrated.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 04:30 AM   #93
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Another underrated city in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina:


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Old September 17th, 2014, 08:46 PM   #94
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In Peru, Aguas Calientes:


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Old September 18th, 2014, 06:20 PM   #95
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Most U.K cities that are not London or Edinburgh are very much under-rated. With some bias I would say that Liverpool is still a very much under-rated city, as is Newcastle upon-Tyne, Bristol, Manchester......
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Old September 20th, 2014, 05:13 PM   #96
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Balcarce; just a random small Argentinean city in the middle of now where, plenty of cities like that to be found over there.
Same for Aguas Calientes; this city is booming because of tourism ( Macchu Picchu) but nothing special to do over there. Yeah, its fun that the railtracks are going STRAIGHT thru the city center but thats about it. without Macchu Picchu it wouldnt survive.

A better example of an underrated city in peru is Arequipa. Most tourist tend to focus on Lima and Cuzco and they see Arequipa as a hub for trekkings to the Colca Canyon. For me, its the most pleasant city in Peru. the fact that its yearround 22c and sunny also contributes to this.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 03:36 PM   #97
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Brazilian cities, besides Rio de Janeiro and Saint Paul; Recife, capital of the State of Pernambuco, is an example:


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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:20 PM   #98
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RE Brazil, how about Joinville? It has a great level of development (better than the average in some developed countries) and it therefore provides great quality of life, it has great nature around it (lagoons, beaches, mountains where it snows), but as it doesn't have a large size (hence importance), famous football clubs or famous favelas you'll find it hard to hear it mentioned.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 06:21 AM   #99
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Definitely Mexico City, Amazing Mega City, overshadowed by its bad stereotypes...
Same with Manila!
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Metro Manila often has a global image of a dangerous mega slum. Though crime and slums are a major problem in this city, we also have our dynamic areas.

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