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by Seamus Payne OCT 9, 2021

10 Vibrant, Colorful Cities of the World

The pearl of Italy’s riviera is not a city, per se, but a collection of five seaside villages that are together celebrated as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

Generations ago, the priestly caste of Jodhpur, India painted their homes blue to separate themselves from the rest of the citizenry. 

2. Jodhpur, India

The city of St. Johns on the island of Newfoundland is arguably Canada’s most colorful city, a characteristic in contrast to its otherwise chilly climate.

3. St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

A marvelous mosaic of color in all directions, a city with a rich cultural heritage shared by the native Taino people and the descendents of European explorers.

4. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Despite its standing as the most culturally-progressive city in the United States, there’s another rainbow of colors shining brightly in San Francisco.

5. San Francisco, California

Valparaiso, Chile has been called the “Ocean’s Sweetheart”, “The Jewel of the Pacific” and the city that “goes to paradise” – it is also the cultural capitol of this geographically narrow nation.

6. Valparaiso,Chile

A small corner of Cape Town, South Africa is home to the Cape Malay ethnic group and a visually vibrant architectural sensibility.

7. Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

The silver city of Guanajuato is the most colorful in all of Mexico, one celebrated for its cultural and mineral importance during the colonial period and beyond.

8. Guanajuato, Mexico

Despite its tumultuous past, the city of Wroclaw, Poland has long embraced color as a part of its cultural identity.

9. Wroclaw, Poland

The favelas (or shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro can be difficult and dangerous for those who call them home.

10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Favela Painting)