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National Media Love Pitt's Hometown


Pitt’s hometown boasts “a natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor,” according to National Geographic Traveler magazine.

The magazine hailed Pittsburgh as a top-20 place to visit in its Best of the World 2012 list. Last year, The New York Times called Pittsburgh “a gleaming cultural oasis” offering “great restaurants, excellent shopping, breakthrough galleries, and prestigious museums.”

To help students make the most of those offerings, Pitt created its PITT ARTS program —providing discounted tickets and unique arts experiences—and Cool Pittsburgh Web site.

In 2012, many out-of-town moviegoers were introduced to Pittsburgh when it stood in for Gotham City in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the third in his trilogy of Batman movies. Nolan called Pittsburgh “a very beautiful city on a very impressive scale that hasn’t lost its human scale.”

What took these folks so long to fall for a city Pitt people have been appreciating for 225 years?