9 impressive Italian Villages you need to visit

Because tomorrow I will be in Italy I have decided to make a top of the most beautiful Italian villages. And let you guess where I’m going. Besides the beachwear, all that I need during summer is a great place to spend a special time with my friends.

Italy is the one country I can never get enough of. A place where I never get a feeling of “ok that was nice, and now I want to go back home”. I’m dreaming that one day I will purchase a beautiful apartment somewhere on Amalfi Coast or Bari and spend my summer months.

I believe that some Italy’s most charming places to visit are it’s smallest places to visit. Here are 9 wonderful Italian villages that you definitely have to visit to make the most of any trip to Italy!

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1) Vernazza

This little village in Cinque Terre, Italy is one you’ll recognise from all those stunning, colourful photos on Pinterest and Google. The village does live up to its hype too! It’s definitely a place I’m looking forward to see and so my expectations are pretty high. The best view of the city is from the nearby hill. You have to walk up some side streets from the main square to get up to but it’s actually quite an easy climb. It’s also next to the other 4 villages of Cinque Terre so you can pack in more sights while you’re there.

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2) Portofino

 This is also an ideal destination to visit if you’re around the Cinque Terre as it’s not far from Genoa airport. Definitely by it’s colourful buildings and idyllic seaside charm, Portofino is one of the more up-market villages to visit.  You’ll see why when you catch sight of the designer stores lining the streets. But it’s still a very affordable place to visit and retains it’s rustic charm which attracts many tourists all over the world.

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3) San Gimignano

 If ever there was a postcard perfect place that truly defined captures Tuscany, this is it! Set in wine country, this is the perfect location for a laid back (wine-filled) holiday with friends and family. It’s the perfect place to go to when you want to escape the hectic shoving pushing, running and general stress and hassle of life. 🙂

 

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4) Positano

 The cascading hills chock-filled with colourful houses is another Italian gem set in the Amalfi coast. The contrast of the towering mountains, the sea and the stunning technicolour of the houses makes for some pretty impressive picture moments.

More about Positano in my old articles.

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5) Castelmezzano

Located in the Southern Italy area of Basilicata, Castelmezzano is one of those villages that is fantastic during the day but truly spectacular at night! It’s one of those places that you’ve probably never heard off but once you do, you’ll find it pretty hard to get out of your mind.

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6) Alberobello

Alberobello is truly defined by it’s unique buildings – so much so that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The village looks nothing like any of the other Italian villages already mentioned.  So it will guarante to be an unique site to visit, with a strong history dating from the 16th century.

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7) Manarola

 This is arguably as memorable and picturesque as Vernazza in Cinque Terre.

Again, this is one of those villages you’ll remember having seen a photo of somewhere. Like any decent Italian village, it’s also got endless of great places to eat and lots of homemade ice creams to help cool you down on a warm summer evening…Aaaaww, who are we kidding, even on a cool winter evening, Italian gelattos are still the best!

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8) Pitigliano

 This village is definitely one of the best with its natural surroundings. The houses seem to have ‘grown out of the rocks’ and the village is one unlike many other villages in Italy. It has a strong boundary and is surrounded by lush greenery which only serve to make the village look even more dramatic. If you’re able to scamper up to the top of some buildings here, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing sight of the amazing Tuscan countryside.

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9) Civita di Bagnoregio

 This city set on a hill is one of the most rustic and truly Italian villages you’ve probably never heard of. It has a strong mystical vibe, perched on the hill. A wander through the streets will leave you deep in love with the tiny little village.

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Nothing to say about Italian villages that is not dipped in admiration, longing and pure love.