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20 beautiful Italian villages to visit

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(CNN) — Fabulous meals, wonderful artwork, wealthy language, dramatic and beautiful landscapes — everyone knows what makes Italy so particular.

Perhaps better of all are the scenic small cities and villages, the place it is potential to get pleasure from all these whereas surrounded by picturesque shoreline, mountains, valleys, rivers or volcanoes.

Here are among the most idyllic villages the place you possibly can travel that completely sum up the beautiful nation, or “Bel Paese.”


Pietrapertosa is standard with excessive sports activities lovers.

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Located between the big crags of the Basilicata area’s so-called “Southern Dolomites,” Pietrapertosa nearly seems to be prefer it’s being swallowed by the mountains.

It takes its title from the traditional Petraperciata, which suggests “perforated stone,” a reference to the massive rock that in whose clefts this beautiful village sits.

Shards of human-shaped rocks jut out all over the place in Pietrapertosa, which is formed like an amphitheater.

Standing at an altitude of round 1,000 meters, its residents proudly say they dwell suspended mid-air between the sky and the earth.

This backdrop has allowed Pietrapertosa to develop into a hotspot for excessive sports activities lovers.

The most thrilling exercise right here is the Angel Flight, which sees guests zip line from Pietrapertosa’s highest peak to that of the close by village of Castelmezzano, providing an adrenaline-filled glide over sharp pinnacles and hairpin bends.

The village can also be dwelling to an historical, crumbling Saracen fort that provides splendid views of the mountains.

Stand out native institutions embody restaurant Le Rocce, situated on high a hill, serves implausible native dishes and comfy B&B Palazzo del Barone, with fabulous mountain views.

Le Rocce, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 109, 85010 Pietrapertosa; +39 0971 983260

Marina Corricella

Procida, Italy

Marina Corricella is flanked by fortress Terra Murata.

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Procida’s oldest fishing village is definitely one among Italy’s most beautiful thanks to its patchwork of purple, yellow, pink, blue and inexperienced homes.

Dating again to the seventeenth century, Marina Corricella has a easy, laid-back vibe that is arduous to replicate. Lined with picket boats and fishing nets, the harbor right here is often buzzing with shouting fishermen and distributors.

Fortress Terra Murata, a former jail, serves as the best level on the island, with views stretching throughout the Gulf of Naples.

As for lodging, 18th century aristocratic palazzo Hotel la Casa sul Mare is a stand out, that includes simply 10 designer rooms, whereas La Corricella restaurant serves signature fish dishes.

3. Ricetto di Candelo

Ricetto di Candelo, Italy

Ricetto di Candelo — a tiny medieval village within the area of Piedmont.

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Situated in Piedmont, the title of this fortified hamlet actually means “refuge.”

Locals hid on this medieval village in occasions of struggle and it was used to retailer grapes, wine and grain after peace was declared.

Dubbed the “Pompeii of the Middle Ages,” the unique structure of this pentagon-shaped village has been extremely preserved.

Surrounded by tall partitions, it is made up of round 200 reddish-brown cube-like homes and 5 fundamental roads, with cobblestone alleys so clear they shine at evening.

Locanda La Greppia is likely one of the high eating places right here thanks to its scrumptious native delicacies, together with varied pork dishes.

And with solely three rooms, native B&B Al Ricetto supplies an intimate keep for vacationers.

Locanda La Greppia, Prima rua, Ricetto, 13878 Candelo; +39 333 370 0425

B&B Al Ricetto, Via S. Sebastiano, 35, 13878 Candelo; +39 015 253 8838


Marettimo, Italy

Marettimo — essentially the most distant of the three Egadi Islands.

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The wildest and most pristine island of Sicily’s Egadi archipelago, Marettimo is a hideaway in each sense.

Electric carts and donkeys are the only real technique of transportation on this peaceable fishing village neglected by an deserted clifftop Saracen fortress.

Consisting of a cluster of white-washed dwellings with blue trimmings that sparkle at sundown, its simplicity is hypnotizing.

Islanders have been instilled with a primitive worry of the ocean gods, which is obvious from the prayers scribbled on partitions and doorways to preserve storms at bay.

Made up of cozy studios, Marettimo Residence is the one lodge on the town and blends with the pure environment completely.

Another native spotlight is seafront restaurant Il Veliero, a hotspot for bleeding sundown dinners.

Il Veliero, Corso Umberto, 22, 92027 Licata AG, Italy; +39 0923 923274

Chianalea di Scilla

Chianalea di Scilla

This village has been dubbed the “little Venice of Calabria.”

Courtesy B&B Chianalea

Located in Calabria, on the tip of Italy’s boot, this fishermen village is constructed on layers of rocks rising out of the emerald inexperienced water.

With waterfront houses so shut to the ocean that waves that wash into courtyards, it is generally known as the “little Venice of Calabria.”

Most of the houses right here have boats and dinghies parked exterior as a substitute of automobiles, with locals proclaiming their “houses are boats and boats are houses.”

The tiny village lies on the Strait of Messina, believed to be the legendary location the place dog-headed sea monster Scylla attacked the ship of Ulysses in “The Odyssey.”

At daybreak, fishermen promote their catch down on the harbor, alongside Zibibbo wine and premium lemons.

B&B Chianalea 54, a restyled fishermen dwelling and restaurant Glauco’s, with specialties together with sword fish rolls are each native stand outs.


Lake Scanno

Lago di Scanno was created after an unlimited landslide fell from Mountain Genzana.

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Located within the wild Abruzzo area of central Italy, Scanno is a rural heaven.

Once a lair for bandits and outlaws, this beautiful village nestled within the Apennine Mountains encompasses a fantastic mixture of Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic structure.

Decorated with portals, masks and angels, its spectacular facades, mansions, church buildings and fountains have been initially commissioned by wealthy shepherd households, who competed in opposition to one another to guarantee their properties have been essentially the most beautiful.

The village additionally boast varied humbler stone and picket dwellings that resemble one thing from a nativity scene.

Scanno overlooks a heart-shaped lake named after it, which some declare possesses magical powers.

Set in a Nineteen Thirties Liberty-style mansion, lodge restaurant Roma serves regional delicacies utilizing native merchandise.

Hotel Roma, Viale della Pineta 6, 67038 Scanno; +39 0864 74313


Pienza, Italy

Pienza lies within the province of Siena.

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Set in Val D’Orcia, Tuscany’s most pristine nook, Pienza has been dubbed the “ideal city of the Renaissance.”

Renamed and redesigned by Pope Pius II within the late fifteenth century, its filled with structure masterpieces like Palazzo Piccolomini, designed by Florentine sculptor and architect Bernardo Rossellino, situated within the gorgeous Piazza Pio II.

Positioned on a panorama of inexperienced rolling hills, the UNESCO World Heritage web site, famously encompasses a sequence of streets with romantic names like Love Street and Kiss Street.

Local restaurant La Buca delle Fate presents typical Tuscan menu objects together with picci pasta.


Bosa, Italy

Bosa is split into two elements by the river Temo.

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This medieval village, also referred to as Sa Costa, is split into two elements by the river Temo.

The area’s solely navigable river lures in kayak lovers, its waters reflecting the multicolored buildings of the traditional district set within the western a part of Sardinia.

Here easy artisan dwellings are juxtaposed with lavish palazzos of shiny pink magmatic rock.

Bosa was as soon as famend for its leather-making trade and remains to be stuffed with historic boutiques, the place the artwork of tannery has been handed down throughout generations, in addition to shops promoting coral jewellery and asphodel baskets.

Built by the Tuscan Malaspina household within the twelfth century, the Castle of Serravalle overlooks the city.

The spectacular fortress will be totally admired from hotel-restaurant I Giardini Malaspina, which boasts a terrace and bar.

Giardini Malaspina, Loc.s’abbadolzeddu, 08013 Bosa; +39 320 031 5896


Calcata, Italy

Calcata is standard with day trippers.

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Located shut to Rome, Calcata is perched on a reddish hilltop rising out of a inexperienced canyon.

Shaped like an enormous mushroom, the hamlet dates again to historical Italian tribe the “Falisci.”

A labyrinth of moss-covered cobbled alleys that lead to openings overlooking the precipice, it has been chosen as a lair by varied fashionable artists and hippies.

With grotto dwellings adorned with scary masks and statues and alleys that includes squeaky picket benches and rock altars, Calcata has one thing of a spooky vibe and is standard with day trippers.

Calcata Diffusa presents lodging in grottoes scattered throughout the village, whereas restaurant Il Graal has out of doors eating on the piazza.

Il Graal, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 9, 01030 Calcata; +39 360 788 110



Manarola — one among 5 of the Cinque Terre cities.

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Not solely is Manarola the second smallest hamlet of Liguria’s Cinque Terre, it is also the oldest and most romantic.

Enclosed by cliffs, one of the simplest ways to get right here is by prepare or by foot through the panoramic Lovers’ Lane connecting to Riomaggiore village.

Steep uphill stone paths join the village’s colourful homes and orchards all the way in which up to a wierd pyramid made from white cement that guides sailors at sea.

One of Manarola’s fundamental streets, Via Belvedere leads to a pure panoramic balcony overlooking the Ligurian Riviera, dotted with olive groves and vineyards.

Hotel La Torretta, a seventeenth century tower, presents wonderful sea view, whereas Trattoria La Scogliera serves scrumptious conventional pesto dishes.
La Torretta, Vico Volto, 20, 19010 Manarola, Riomaggiore; +39 0187 920327


Marzamemi, Italy

Marzamemi is dwelling to an historical “tonnara,” or tuna plant.

Courtesy Sebastiano Campisi/Proloco Marzamemi

Situated close to Noto in southeastern Sicily, Marzamemi is a tiny village of Arab origin.

Once a vibrant fish trade hub, its yellowish-grey Arab-style stone buildings are one among many nods to its historical past.

The village famously boasts an historical “tonnara” or tuna plant in addition to a large piazza that is been restyled into ceramic boutiques, bars and comfy flats.

Tainted with black spots, the facades of the buildings make for an fascinating sight.

The city, which served because the filming location for Gabriele Salvatores’ 1993 film “South,” hosts the Blue Fish Festival every June.

Visitors B&B MaNanna, an previous household dwelling run by the daughter of the final head tuna fishermen, is one among its high rated lodging choices and restaurant picks embody Taverna La Cialoma.

B&B MaNanna, Via Salvatore Giardina, 12, 96018 Marzamemi; +39 349 733 6855


Sperlonga, Italy

Sperlonga — an enthralling seaside vacation spot.

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Built atop a cliff about midway between Rome and Naples, Sperlonga’s historical past is steeped in Greek legend.

The shiny white limestone of this village is claimed to have as soon as guided Odysseus’s ship like a lighthouse.

Sperlonga additionally sits atop an underground maze of sea grottoes, the place a beautiful “nymph” of the identical title apparently lived.

Legend has it that god Jupiter, who had fallen head over heels in love with Sperlonga, turned himself right into a meteorite so as to be along with her, touchdown between her legs on the seashore.

Their evening of ardour is claimed to introduced in regards to the excessive crags the village was later constructed on to escape Saracen incursions.

Today Sperlonga largely consists of terraced layers of homes and winding staircases that descend to the seashore, the place locals sunbathe shut to historical Roman pillars and and the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’ lavish grotto villa, a should see web site.

Located shut to the village’s Blue Flag seashores is the sumptuous Virgilio Grand Hotel, which can also be an elegant seafood restaurant.


Castelrotto, Italy

Castelrotto is favored by winter sports activities lovers.

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Situated in northern Italy’s South Tyrol, Castelrotto sits in a lush valley surrounded by Alpine peaks and premium vineyards, close to the Austrian border.

Once a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the village is a mix of northern and Mediterranean cultures.

The locals converse in a bizarre German-sounding dialect and eat apple Strüdel and Canederli (knödel) dumplings.

Strolling by way of the city appears like strolling by way of an open-air artwork exhibition thanks to the artistic endeavors on show. The mountain dwellings, a mixture of Baroque and Liberty-style, are coated in colourful wall work by famend nineteenth century artists.

Meanwhile bucolic scenes adorn bakeries, stables, barns and motels, together with the historic Hotel Wolf and tavern Zum Turm.

Hotel zum Wolf, Via Oswald Von Wolkenstein, 5, 39040 Castelrotto; +39 0471 706332

Cornello dei Tasso

Cornello, Italy

There aren’t any roads in Cornello dei Tasso.

Courtesy Museo dei Tasso

Time stands nonetheless on this fairytale medieval hamlet close to Bergamo, Lombardy. The solely approach to attain Cornello dei Tasso is through a 30-minute stroll alongside a crooked path.

There aren’t any roads right here, solely cobbled alleys and slim arches, and the homes have thatched roofs.

Despite its remoteness, Cornello dei Tasso was really the start place of the founders of the primary European postal service again within the thirteenth century.

The village additionally boasts a museum devoted to the postal pioneers, Bernardo Tasso and his son Torquato Tasso, creator of the Renaissance epic poem “Jerusalem Delivered.”

The native museum additionally organizes guided excursions across the hamlet.

Trattoria Camozzi is the one tavern round, serving recreation, hare and venison and La Tana del Tasso is a no-frills B&B.


Carloforte, Italy

This picturesque village is positioned roughly seven kilometers off the southwestern coast of Sardinia.

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Positioned on the isle of San Pietro in Sardinia, Carloforte was based by the households of coral fishers from a Ligurian city of Genoa within the 18th century.

As a consequence, the picturesque village options the kind of vivid, Genoese-style structure and “carruggi” alleys (large sufficient for small carts) one would count on to discover in Liguria.

Carloforte is the one place in the complete Mediterranean the place the “mattanza,” a hunt wherein tons of of uncommon bluefin tuna are trapped in nets and massacred, remains to be practiced.

For locals, this brutal and extremely controversial customized is a sacred ritual. It takes place every year in the course of the Girotonno, which additionally showcases tuna connoisseur delicacies and presents guided excursions contained in the tuna manufacturing facility.
Restaurant picks within the space embody low key seafood eating spot Luigi Pomata and lodge Nichotel, which boasts cozy suites overlooking the harbor.
Nichotel, Via Garibaldi, 7, 09014 Carloforte; +39 0781 855674

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio has a inhabitants of simply 12.

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Founded by the Etruscans greater than 2,500 years in the past, Civita di Bagnoregio sits precariously atop a plateau overlooking the Tiber river valley in Lazio.

Dubbed the “Dying City” due to fixed soil erosion and a dwindling inhabitants, the distant village seems to be prefer it might crumble into the deep chasm at any minute.

Abandoned by most of its inhabitants years in the past, solely a dozen residents dwell right here now, in addition to many cats.

The footbridge was bombed throughout World War II; a newly constructed one connects the village to the neighboring city at the moment.

Visitors can verify in to Corte della Maestà, an elegant boutique lodge, whereas restaurant Alma Civita serves upscale meals inside a grotto.

Alma Civita, Via della Provvidenza, 01022 Civita; +39 0761 792415


Ginostra, Italy

Ginostra sits inside a pure amphitheater.

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Only accessible by foot, or boat, the remoted hamlet of Ginostra lies on a secluded flank of the volcanic isle of Stromboli, a part of Sicily’s Aeolian archipelago.

The tiny village is made up of a handful of white and pastel-colored huts coated in prickly pears and vivid purple bougainvilleas that conflict with its jet black rocks.

According to legend, the village was constructed by a bunch of stranded sailors who took refuge right here throughout a storm and have been so struck by the fantastic thing about the place that they by no means left.

Today the inhabitants right here is estimated at round 40. Visitors enter by way of a steep path of stone steps winding up from a tiny docking bay, large sufficient for simply two boats.

Serving “volcanic dishes,” restaurant L’Incontro is a village together with charming B&B Luna Rossa.

L’Incontro, Via Sopra Pertuso, 98050 Ginostra; +39 090 981 2305

Luna Rossa, Via Piano, 3, 98050 Ginostra; +39 338 141 4620


Cetona, Italy

Medieval hilltop city Cetona lies in Tuscany’s Siena.

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Enticed by the slower tempo of life and contemporary air, Cetona is the place the royals and vogue designers come to calm down.

Set in southern Tuscany and formed like a snail, the traditional hilltop city is extremely nicely saved.

Starting on the magnificent Piazza Garibaldi, guests can head up a slim, paved street that circles around the tile roof homes and fairly church buildings, all the way in which to a panoramic fort tower full with secret, unique gardens.

The village’s surrounding countryside is understood for its high-quality further virgin olive oil.

Historic family-run lodge restaurant Il Tiglio di Piazza is a good lodging possibility.


Malcesine, Italy

Malcesine has Monte Baldo as its backdrop.

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Forget the vacation crowds. This nook of Veneto is one among Lake Garda’s greatest saved secrets and techniques.

Surrounded by olive groves and the big Mount Baldo, Malcesine sits on the toes of a historic fort, Castello Scaligero.

Nestled between the lake and the mountains, silence guidelines on this charming village, with its steep cobbled streets lined with artisan outlets. Sunbathers calm down on its pebble seashores, whiling away the hours as fishermen promote their catch close by.

Local restaurant La Vecchia Malcesine presents progressive twists on conventional recipes and B&B Casa Mosole is predicated in an fascinating constructing that was as soon as a cured meats store.

Casa Mosole, Via Bottura, 3, 37018 Malcesine; +39 348 531 0790


Ventotene, Italy

Ventotene — a former jail island.

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This two-kilometer-long island shut to Rome was as soon as a jail, with lustful Roman girls and anti-fascists amongst its detainees over time.

Bright orange and pink dwellings, former prisoner cells, mingle with historical cisterns and fisheries in its small village.

The little harbor is lined with fishermen grottoes which have been changed into lounge bars, whereas the primary Piazza Castello options an previous Bourbon fortress tower.

The ruins of Julia’s Villa, named after the daughter of Emperor Augustus, exiled right here by her father on expenses of adultery, are nonetheless seen.

Italian politician Altiero Spinelli, who turned one of many European Union’s founding fathers co-wrote the “Ventotene Manifesto” right here within the village.

Positioned inside Piazza Castello, lodge restaurant Mezzatorre has a eating terrace overlooking the primary Cala Nave seashore.



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