The best small towns in Italy - part 1

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do you want to discover some hidden gems in Italy? Do you know that you can go off the beaten tracks and find great places to visit? If you are a traveller that wants something more than the classic route Venice - Florence - Rome, here you find the first part of the best small towns in Italy.
 Normally in these small towns, part of the Borghi d'Italia list, you can breathe the real Taste of Italy, that is the atmosphere that maybe in the largest cities you are not able to perceive anymore: they are places where the clocks seem to be stopped and it's nice an escape there.

Of course, as usual, this is not a chart, but a list. You will find some places that are for sure great and I selected randomly these towns, since there are other best small towns in Italy that you could visit. These are only some of my favourites. Ready to go?

1) Asolo
Diaries of an explorer
Located at 50 km far from Venice, the name Asolo comes from the Latin asylum, that has the same meaning in English and that was chosen by a queen, actresses, poets as a residence where to live in peace, relax and create. It is for sure a great place to visit. if you decide to visit a bit better the region Veneto. Click on the name above if you want to see the related post.

2) Neive
Diaries of an explorer
Neive is located in the Langhe area, that recently became part of the Unesco sites, an incredible sites of stunning hills where some tasty red wines are produced and the famous tartufo d'Alba. Its name comes from an ancient Roman family, the gens Nevia.

3) Tremezzo
Diaries of an explorer
Tremezzo is an enchanting village on the shores of the Lake Como, in the north-western Italy: the landscape offered by the lake and the mountains is definitely breathtaking, while you should not miss Villa Carlotta, a villa with stunning gardens.

4) Borghetto di Valeggio sul Mincio
Borghetto was built over the passage over the river Mincio and its name means, according to the Longobards, "fortified village".  This small town is represented by the landscape formed by the mills, the river, the fortress and the bridge: it represented a natural passage and defense for the armies that occupied this land. It is located not far from the Lake Garda.

5) Vernazza 
Vernazza belongs to the group of five small towns mostly know as Cinque Terre, located in the Liguria region and part of the Unesco sites. It is a stunning place between the sea and the mountains with its coloured houses, its little port and its castle. Its name is strictly connected with the local wine, the vernaccia.

6) Pitigliano
Pitigliano is an old medieval town located in the southern Tuscany, in an area plenty of Borghi d'Italia. Founded by two ancient Roman brothers, Petillo and Ciliano, the landscape is stunning and the incredible feature of this town is that its buildings are "tufa-made", resulting in a great fusion with the nature. Once crossed the medieval gates, this village is a gem that is worth a visit and to be discovered.

7) Caprarola
Not far from Pitigliano, the small town of Caprarola is dominated by the magnificent Palazzo Farnese, even larger and bigger than the more famous one in Roma ( Villa Borghese). However, a visit to the historical centre is also worth.

8) Norcia
Norcia is another fantastic place located in the central region of Umbria. Its main landmarks are this great square, the medieval gates and the fortifications, the fortress (Castellina) and its narrow streets. It is also a place where you can taste some delicious food: do not miss it!

9) Alberobello
Alberobello is not properly a hidden destination, but one of the top travel destinations in Italy. It is located in the southern Italy, close to Bari,  and it's famous for its trulli, these little white houses with their coned roofs. It is also part of the Unesco sites.

10) Sutera
Now we are in Sicily and the last small town is Sutera with its cape: it has a nice historical centre with an Arabian heritage, the ruins of an old mosque, the particular building system and some nice churches.

Did you like it? Soon you will find another great list of the best small towns in Italy, where you can enjoy the real Taste of Italy and discover the enchanting off the beaten path Italy. Have you been in some of these cities?

14 commenti:

Cocoa and Lavender said...

We have only been to one of these - Vernazza, which was amazing. We stayed there for a week and, as small as it was, we never got bored. Now we have a list to work off of for future visits! Grazie, Marco! ~ David

Cristina said...

This is the best post ever! I plan on doing a solo roadtrip through Italy next year! You've basically done the homework for me! Can't wait for Part II! Also, impeccable photos!! Just breathtaking!

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Marco Zannin said...

Thanks a lot! :-)

Marco Zannin said...

Thanks a lot Cristina! Enjoy your solo trip! :-) Soon the part II will be posted! :-)

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Marco Zannin said...

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Ferienwohnung Lido di Jesolo said...

Der Autor erwähnt wirklich fantastisch Orte, um neben den bekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten von Italien zu besuchen. Zum Beispiel ein wirklich gerne in Asola.

Nana said...

Is this the list from which a winner was announced today, Sunday, April 5, 2015? If so, can you send some more background information, criteria, judges, etc?

Marco Zannin said...

Hi Nana, not properly: this is a personal selection and no winner was announced, but just a sort of list and not a fact I told that I will come up with another list in the futyre

Mike said...


Marco Zannin said...

You're welcome Mike :-)

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