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The World’s Most Beautiful Streets, According to Science

Realtor comparison site GetAgent conducted an eye-tracking technology experiment to reveal which of the world’s most beautiful streets are most aesthetically pleasing to the human eye. 

Participants were asked to examine a set of images depicting over 50 of the world’s most picturesque roads, and AI technology was used to analyze their eye movements in order to rank which streets are truly the most eye-catching.

From New Orleans’ iconic Bourbon Street, to the beguiling blue lanes of Moroccan city Chefchauouen; sometimes it’s not the dazzling skyscrapers or fancy facades of a famous building that attract tourists to a specific road, but minute details like street art, flora and old-school architecture that make for an eye-catching stroll. 

The Top 20 Most Attractive Streets in the World

The most eye-catching street on the globe is the Philosopher’s Path, located in Kyoto, Japan. Once frequented by a famous Japanese philosopher – hence the name – this two kilometer long path is one of Kyoto’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spots, with the trees adorning either side blossoming around April each year and showering the path in an explosion of pink. The study’s participants both fixated on the image of this street for the longest time, on average 6.2 seconds, and the most times (550 views).

Japan at Philosopher’s Way in the Springtime.

In second place, the French street known as Rue Principale clocked up 363 views overall and had viewers locking eyes on it for 4.64 seconds on average. Located in the idyllic village of Rocamadour, the spot sees over a million visitors each year, while the population consists of just 600 people. The location itself is a famous pilgrimage destination and has been visited as part of the Santiago de Compostela for over 1,000 years.

Closing out the top three most attractive streets in the world is none other than the Via Baldassarre Galuppi, a multi-colored street that can be found in the Venetian island of Burano in Italy. There are no cars on this island, and an assortment of vibrantly colored houses are nestled in between a vast network of canals that participants in the study stared at for 4.22 seconds on average, and 252 times overall.

RankStreetLocationCountryTotal viewsAvg. fixation time
1Philosopher’s PathKyoto, Kyoto PrefectureJapan5506.2s
2Rue PrincipaleRocamadour, LotFrance3634.64s
3Via Baldassarre GaluppiBurano, VeniceItaly2524.22s
4Herbert Baker StreetGroenkloof, PretoriaSouth Africa2564.17s
5Lombard StreetSan Francisco, CaliforniaUSA2824.05s
6Circus LaneStockbridge, EdinburghUK2723.95s
7The CircusBath, SomersetUK2593.74s
8Gold HillShaftesbury, DorsetUK3483.4s
9LijnbaansgrachtAmsterdam, North HollandThe Netherlands2953.45s
10Orchard RoadCentral Area, SingaporeSingapore2183.31s
11Bourbon StreetThe French Quarter, New OrleansUSA2673.19s
12Cherry Blossom AvenueBonn, North Rhine-WestphaliaGermany2543.13s
13Quechua StreetCusco, Cusco ProvincePeru2953.12s
14Rua do Bom JesusRecife, PernambucoBrazil2793.07s
15Vicars’ CloseWells, SomersetUK1243.05s
16Rue de l’AbreuvoirMontmartre, ParisFrance1982.9s
17The StreetCastle Combe, WiltshireUK2262.96s
18Arlington RowBibury, GloucestershireUK2472.91s
19Via Torre BelvedereSpello, PerugiaItaly2012.85s
20Elm HillNorwich, NorfolkUK2272.82s

Colby Short, co-founder and CEO of GetAgent comments:

“A good estate agent can tell you that the value of your home can be increased via a variety of different features and home improvements – from planting certain flowers, to even painting your front door a certain color – and the street your home sits on can impact its value just as much. Whether it’s dotted with cherry trees, nestled amongst cobblestones or sat on a canal – where your house is located can have a real impact.

With summer on the way, many people are heading off abroad or opting for a stay-cation, and our research has revealed a huge number of picturesque streets dotted around the globe for those looking for inspiration for their next move. Whether you’re looking to sell with the help of an estate agent, or are hoping to buy in a new location – don’t underestimate the impact of being satisfied with the view from your bedroom window!”

Full research can be found here: https://www.getagent.co.uk/blog/research/worlds-most-beautiful-streets