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View Poll Results: Which has better natural scenery, California or Italy?
California 110 55.28%
Italy 89 44.72%
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Why do we have to make a choice? Both are outstandingly scenic and both have areas of great ugliness.
Where do you consider great area of ugliness in Italy? I went over half the country and didn't see it. I've been all over California top to bottom and across and they definitely have some very ugly areas as well as some of the most beautiful areas.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:42 AM
 
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Natural scenery. Even the first pic barely qualifies as it has buildings in it.

I would think it terms of diversity, California might have the edge. In terms of consistency, Italy.
California - SkyscraperCity

Italy - One picture every day - Page 317 - SkyscraperCity
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:52 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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The word natural is in the title of the thread. Please explain to me how skyscrapers are natural scenery.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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The word natural is in the title of the thread. Please explain to me how skyscrapers are natural scenery.
What?
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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Italy.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Well, I think most of the suburbs of Italian cities are ugly and mar the natural scenery. Have you seen the surroundings of Milan, Venice, Palermo to mention some areas? The coast between Siracusa and Catania marred by huge and ugly petrochemical works. Parts of Basilicata and Calabria are barren and very unattractive including the coastline of southeast Calabria. The city of Reggio. Most of this ugliness is man made. Italy does have magnificent scenery otherwise and still is one of my favorite countries to visit.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I voted Italy....but.....I think I made a mistake. Focussing JUST on natural beauty, California wins because of the diversity of it's landscapes.

In terms of human made beauty...Italy wins easily.

I've been all over California and most of Italy except the far south.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:15 PM
 
Location: A cold & gloomy place
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I dislike Southern California but the northern part is pretty.
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:28 PM
 
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Italy wins.

California has nothing like the Italian Alps where they look bluish and ice-like, its simply fantastic!!! Plus, Italy isn't really a desert place that has been artificially greened (much of southern California is a virtual desert). The beaches are also much nicer in Italy. Then there are those odd looking pines that are not conical and are practically unique to Italy, I love those!!!!

Italy is simply better as far as natural scenery is concerned.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:11 PM
 
Location: A subtropical paradise
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California has areas more beautiful and much uglier. Yosemite is one of the special places on the planet, Tahoe is gorgeous but at least half of California is ugly. All of Italy is scenic.
What areas of California would you say are ugly? Are you conflating the ugly suburban-sprawl of the state with the natural scenery, which is indeed beautiful?

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Italy wins.

California has nothing like the Italian Alps where they look bluish and ice-like, its simply fantastic!!! Plus, Italy isn't really a desert place that has been artificially greened (much of southern California is a virtual desert). The beaches are also much nicer in Italy. Then there are those odd looking pines that are not conical and are practically unique to Italy, I love those!!!!

Italy is simply better as far as natural scenery is concerned.
Don't you think the Sierra Nevada range of California is fantastic as well?

Only the eastern areas of Southern California would be dry enough to actually be considered desert; much of Southern California falls under the Med climate regime, although a drier version of the regime than that which occurs in the Med Basin.

The beaches of California look the exact same as those on the Med; the only thing that could possibly make the beaches of Italy better is probably the warmer water, but that's is. Both Italy and California beaches have similar sand and water color.

You have forests of redwoods in CA, the tallest trees on the planet, quite unique to California. You won't be seeing any of that in Italy.
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