Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, we all agree. For Rome, Turin, Milan and all the well-known and hyper-touristy cities, but also for all the small villages which also contribute greatly to the charm and prestige of the country as well as to its international influence. Villages like these ten, which were particularly difficult to select as the choice is so impressive! You, we don’t know, but we are going.
The oldest village in the Cinque Terre, Manarola is a real marvel. A tangle of colorful houses, by the sea, on a rock that advances impetuously on the waves in the heart of a preserved region where life flows quietly.
Richly restored, this medieval Tuscan village can boast of many monuments that trace its history. A certain idea of Italian romanticism. An enclave where life is good.
In the province of Salerno, Cetara acts as an unmissable stopover. Known for its gastronomy (the famous spaghetti with anchovy colatura), the city is also popular for its small streets and its pastel-colored houses. It’s beautiful, it’s calm because relatively spared by mass tourism, the sea is there, benevolent and when you’re there, you don’t want to leave…
Built on the side of a mountain, this very picturesque little town in southern Italy, in which you can admire the ruins of a castle, is an undeniable must-see!
Atypical, the village of Badia, which is located in the far north of the country, near the German border, is certainly so. This is among other reasons why it is appropriate to stop there. Close to Tyrol, it offers breathtaking panoramas and is just as welcoming in winter with skiers as in summer with hikers.
6. Civita di Bagnoregio
Here we are in the center of the country, in one of the most beautiful towns. An almost entirely abandoned village (12 inhabitants at the last census) founded more than 2500 years ago, accessible only on foot, which dominates the entire region from the top of its promontory. A wonder !
7. Castel Mezzano
Classified among the most beautiful in Italy, this perfect little village in the Basilicata region, touches the Dolomites and moves forward in nature, with benevolence and gentleness, without distorting the landscape, quite the contrary.
Return to Tuscany, to Monteriggioni, which is known for its medieval village and its 15 towers, as well as for its majestic ramparts. Quoted in Dante’s Inferno, this medieval village also appears in the video game saga Assassin’s Creed. But it’s prettier in real life!
9. Novara di Sicilia
Impossible not to go through Sicily for our tour of Italy of the most beautiful villages. An emblematic region that offers many towns of interest, such as Novara di Sicilia and its many churches. A village of great beauty, with a history as rich as it is fascinating, which has left marks that are still visible today. Brands that contribute to the charm of the place.
10. Santo Stefano di Sessanio
Another village classified in The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy, in the heart of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. About a hundred people live here year-round, so it’s very quiet and very beautiful. We will particularly appreciate strolling through the streets sipping a good coffee, while enjoying the resolutely unique atmosphere of this remarkably restored village.