While Italy has some of the world’s most beautiful and art-filled cities, the country’s true beauty lies in the countryside, where the world revolves around the piazza, and the sweetness of doing nothing reigns supreme.
These charming little towns, brimming with old-world romance and beautiful medieval architecture, seem tailor-made for meandering down time-worn cobblestone lanes lined with blushing bougainvillea, feasting on sublime pasta and local wine in tiny, unpretentious trattorias.
You have probably been going around the beaches for your tourism, but do not forget the beautiful villages that will catch your fantasy and add to your unforgettable experience in Italy,
This article has the nine most beautiful small towns in Italy listed for you. Enjoy!
Marzamemi is a Sicilian fishing village with an exotic flair, centered around an ancient tonnara (tuna factory) founded by the Arabs around 1,000 A.D. The hamlet is a cluster of old fishermen’s cottages and decaying low-roofed sandstone buildings on the island’s southernmost tip, with tiny cobblestone streets and sunny piazzas opening out to the bright blue sea.
Calabria’s Byzantine gem is Stilo. The small town is full of beautiful temples, centuries-old churches, and castle ruins overlooking the sea, terraced on Mount Consolino, a few kilometers inland from the Ionian coast. La Catolica is a striking Byzantine church with tile-covered domes dated from the 9th century, is the city’s main attraction.
3.Manarola, Cinque Terre
Manarola, one of the smallest of Italy’s Cinque Terre, is a rainbow of brightly colored homes stacked one above the other above the indigo Ligurian Sea. The seaside village, perched precariously on a rocky promontory and surrounded by steeply terraced vineyards, looks like something out of an old and historic Italian film, with postcard-perfect views around every corner.
4.Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio is Italy’s prettiest lakeside town, with its quaint narrow lanes, graceful, arcaded piazzas, and ancient façades bursting with sunny pastels. This pedestrian-only enclave, which stretches along the eastern shores of Lago di Orta, faces the magical Isola San Giulio, a tiny island in the middle of the lake rimmed with remarkable church buildings.
Despite being used as a backdrop for some poignant scenes in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Savoca has remained untouched. Beautiful ancient churches dot the Sicilian hill village, crisscrossed by panoramic cobblestone lanes that overlook fertile valleys and the Ionian Sea beyond.
6.Atrani, Amalfi Coast
Atrani, a coastal village of steep streets and stunning pastel houses clustered around a charming medieval plaza, is likely to provide visitors with an authentic slice of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Nestled between two cliffs, the village acts as a natural amphitheater, opening out to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Neive is a charming Piedmontese wine town surrounded by the Langhe’s rolling vineyard-covered hills and dominated by a magnificent medieval clock tower. Romantic cobblestone lanes wind their way between red-roofed stone houses, elegant old palazzi, and small Baroque churches adorned with eye-catching frescoes in the city’s historic center.
Castelluccio, perched atop the magnificent Piano Grande in the Apennine Mountains, is Italy’s highest and most charming village. The sight of this old Umbrian hamlet in the springtime, when La Fioritura (The Flowering) transforms the surrounding plains into the red, yellow, and blue carpet, is a visual feast.
Despite its uniform medieval appearance of tightly packed houses carved in tuff stone, Pitigliano is a veritable architectural kaleidoscope, showing layer upon layer of history. Think enigmatic Etruscan caves, a fascinating maze-like Jewish Ghetto, a Medicean aqueduct, as well as many twisting stone stairways and nice churches dating back to the Middle Ages.
This town enjoys a scenic location on a rocky volcanic promontory bounded by lush green valleys in the Maremma area of Southern Tuscany.