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Istanbul

Nova Roma, Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul.

Overview

This legendary capital of two of the world's greatest empires has had more names than Liz Taylor, but one thing's for sure, there's nowhere quite like Istanbul. 

Istanbul might be relatively liberal, but leave the cut-off denims at home. Modest dress code (covered knees and shoulders + head scarves for women) is required when visiting mosques.

Summer (May-Oct) is the best time to visit; winter gets cold and snowy. Check dates ahead to avoid Ramadan if you can, as the city fasts until sundown.

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