Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Native son Napoleon requested that he be buried in Ajaccio if Paris wouldn't have him, a desire fueled by his memories of Ajaccio's blood-orange sunsets and fragrant, tree-lined streets. Paris won out but the fearless short man's influence is everywhere in evidence in this elegant seaside town. A marble statue of Napoleon, clad in a toga and surrounded by four lions, graces the palm-lined plaza and the town hall does double duty as Musée Napoleon. Even Napoleon's uncle got in on the action by amassing the impressive collection of Italian Renaissance paintings on display in the Musée Fesch.