Forget about the big and most popular cities of Italy such as Rome, Florence, Milan, and discover many smaller towns and villages that will impress you with their architecture, coziness, and authenticity. The organization I Borghi più belli d’Italia (the Most Beautiful Cities of Italy) was set up to protect such towns and invite tourists to them. Small towns with no more than 15,000 inhabitants can apply for special recognition issued by this organization. Of course, if they are prepared for a long process that will assess the historical and cultural heritage, local traditions, focus on sustainability and tourist infrastructure. And here are some small and picturesque towns recommended by this organization that you can visit and see the true and authentic face of Italy.
This town is also known as the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and it is one of the most beautiful places on the entire coast of Calabria. The incredibly beautiful little town seems to hang on the rocks rising above the blue sea. The old town of Tropea is like a maze of small squares and streets that are very historical. While wandering through them, you will inevitably reach the stairs that lead directly to the beach of divine beauty below the town. There is no doubt why this beach is called Costa degli Dei, which means the coast of the Gods.
The town of Monte Sant’Angelo in southern Italy, Apulia, is another place of amazing beauty. Located in the middle of the Gargano National Park, the town attracts people by its breathtaking landscapes and even two UNESCO heritage sites: The Temple of Archangel Michael, built in the 5th century, and the ancient beech forest with more than 300-year-old trees.
Bassano in Teverina
Another undiscovered Italian village is located in the Lazio region, in the Tiber River Valley. When there is good weather and clear sky, you can even see the snow-capped peaks of the Apennines from about 100 km away. In 1943, a train of Nazi Germany that was full of ammunition exploded in the town and destroyed many buildings, but the people rebuilt Bassano in Teverina. And now it is a small and lovely village enticing travelers to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature.
Monteleone d’Orvieto, which is called the red brick island in the green sea, is also admitted to the club of the most beautiful towns of Italy. The town in Umbria is surrounded by spectacular natural views, which you can enjoy from the charming terraces of the red houses. The horizon of mountains, clear sky, and scenic landscapes attract thousands of travelers every year.
Casoli can be found in the Aventino River Valley in Abruzzo. The historical and natural heritage surrounding this medieval city is truly amazing. The authentic belvedere Borgo, which remains on the hill and offers enchanting views, is close to the Serranella Lake Reserve. The town center itself is very elegant and authentic, and the impressive Ducal Castle is the symbol of Casoli.