I Borghi più Belli d’Italia is an association founded in its efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of Italian villages.
This association was initiated by the Tourism Board of the Associazione Nazionale Comuni. Every year this association makes a list of the most beautiful villages in Italy with a population of fewer than 15 thousand inhabitants.
There is a long process for a village to be listed as the most beautiful village. There are various considerations, of course, such as from the historical aspect, cultural heritage, including infrastructure.
Many villages have been included in this list, here are some of the most beautiful villages in Italy that are included in the list and are interesting for you to visit.
- Positano – Amalfi Coast, Salerno
Address: 84011 Amalfi, Province of Salerno, Italy
Positano is a village located along the Amalfi Coast. This village will make anyone fascinated when they see it. The storied building seemed to stick to the wall of a hill.
In the past, Positano was a poor fishing village that has now become a tourist destination, after an article about this village by John Steinback was published in Harper’s Baazaar.
Positano is a village that you must visit. All the beauty of the village will be seen from a distance with views of the colorful houses making the village look beautiful.
The view of the village that is seen from the sea is truly mesmerizing, the whole village that unfolds before the eyes looks amazing to anyone who looks at it.
- Castellucio – Umbria, Perugia
Address: 06046 Province of Perugia, Italy
One next beautiful village is a village that is on a hilltop. The village is located at an altitude of about 1524 meters above sea level, precisely in the Apennine Mountains.
What’s interesting about this village is the view from the top of the village to the valley below which is spectacular. The village itself is an ancient village which was unfortunately damaged by the earthquake.
Now the village of Castelluccio can be accessed again after the 2016 earthquake destroyed part of the village. In the valley where the village is located, there is a field that is usually overgrown with flowers.
When in bloom the flower is like a colorful rug that spreads out. This phenomenon usually occurs in May and July, called La Fiorita.
- Civita Di Bagnoregio – Lazio
Address: 01022 VT, Province of Viterbo, Italy
This village is also located on a hill, in the Lazio area. The road to this village must be taken by crossing a connecting bridge which is quite uphill. This village was first discovered by the Etruscans.
The village often experiences erosion and landslides so that some of the buildings collapse, therefore this village has been dubbed the village of death.
The architecture of the buildings in this village is admired by many people because the buildings have not changed so they are still original.
You can still find houses from the Middle Ages in this village. One interesting thing, it is said that this village is a source of inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki for the film called Castle in The Sky.
- Brisighella – Emilia Romagna
Address: 48013 Province of Ravenna, Italy
Brisighella is a medieval village located in the Apennine mountains in the Lamone River valley.
This beautiful village is bordered by three hills namely Fort Rocca Manfrediana, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montico, and a clock tower from the 19th century. The village of Brisighella offers its visitors serenity, with the natural beauty of its surroundings.
What can you do in this village? You can walk around enjoying the beauty of the buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries in this village.
You can also try the hot springs to refresh your body after a long walk. Brisighella is also famous for its food, especially fruits like pears, and grapes, then there is also conciato cheese for you to taste.
- Orta San Giulio – Piedmont
Address: 28016 Province of Novara, Italy
Orta san Giulio is a village in Novara Province. It is located on a promontory on Lake Orta jutting to the east. This village overlooks an island called Isola San Giulio.
The village looks unique and charming with its cobbled streets and the architecture of the buildings painted in pastel colors.
One of the most recognizable things about this village is, of course, the island of San Gioulio on Lake Orta. But not only is the island that many visitors like but they also like Lake Orta which is quite calm.
One more place that is also known in this village is the Sacro Monte Orta, a place that is considered sacred and was also visited by Friedrich Nietzsche.
- Sovana – Sorano, Tuscany
Address: 58010 Province of Grosseto, Italy
Sovana is a small town or village built by the Etruscans in the 7th century BC. Even though it fell into the hands of the Romans, the Sovana people were able to maintain their culture.
In this place, you can still see medieval buildings that witness the history of the Etruscans as well as the Romans.
You can start your journey by visiting the fort in this village. Then you can admire the Bourbon del Monte Palace which was built in the 16th century, and continue by visiting the church and cathedral that were built in this village.
But no trip to Sovana is complete if you don’t sample the famous wines of this village.
- Corinaldo – Ancona, Marche
Address: 60013 Province of Ancona, Italy
This beautiful village is a village that dates back to the Middle Ages. Corinaldo Village is a unique village because it has a strong defensive wall. The walls themselves date back to the 14th century.
The length of the walls is about 912 meters and is a symbol of Corinaldo. There are three entrances to this wall, namely Porta Nova, Porta del Mercato, and Porta San Giovanni.
One place not to be missed from Corinaldo is the magnificent staircase of 104 steps.
In the middle of the stairs, you can find a well-known well which is commonly known as “Pozzo della Polenta”. The view from the top of the wall looks beautiful and it’s a shame if you miss it.
- Vipiteno – South Tyrol, Trentino-Alto Adige
Address: 39049 Bolzano Province – South Tyrol, Italy
Vipiteno or in Germany called by the name Sterzing is a village that dates back to the 14th century BC. If traced back the name of the village originated from Emperor Nero who built a military barracks called “Vipitenum”. The location of these barracks is on a street that is now part of Germany and Italy.
Vipiteno village is decorated with natural scenery in the form of extraordinary mountains. Besides that, you can also find many church buildings in this village.
But one thing that stands out is a tall building named Zwölferturm. This building has a height of about 46 meters, the peak was destroyed by fire, but has now been replaced
- Borghetto – Verona, Veneto
Address: 17052 Province of Savona, Italy
The entrance to Borghetto Village is a bridge called Viscoti, with a Mincio River running through it for 75 km. One reason you should visit this village is the festival held every June, namely the Festa del Nodo d’Amore.
At this festival will be served 550 pasta tortellini which is part of the legend behind the holding of this festival. Apart from the tortellini festival and pasta dishes, you can cycle around the river from Peschiera-del-Garda to Mantua.
If you want to feel the pleasure of natural beauty, try walking to Scaligero Castle. Along the way to the castle, you will be treated to a soothing green view.
- Pacentro – Abbruzzo
Address: 67030 Province of L’Aquila, Italy
Pacentro is a village located in the Province of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region. The village is a medieval village and is one that is considered a beautiful village in Italy.
In addition, Pacentro Village itself is included in the Majella National Park area. You can find old stone buildings and baroque and renaissance-style buildings here.
Pacentro with a population of about 1,279 inhabitants, has been in the Apennine mountain range since the 8th and 9th centuries AD. Pacentro is also a village widely known for its fresh mountain springs.
In addition, this village is also rich in handicraft heritage in the form of white stone terracotta statues or also crochet and make traditional Abruzzi women’s clothes.
These are just a few of the villages that are included in the category of most beautiful villages by the association I Borghi più Belli d’Italia. There are many more villages that fall into the category of this most beautiful village.
The purpose of this association is to preserve the cultural heritage of the village. From the villages above you can find out how many villages have existed since ancient times.
The remains of the village are still authentic, such as the cobblestoned streets, and are also narrow, attracting tourists to also enjoy them.
These villages are indeed very beautiful with the architecture of the buildings that are still maintained today. Which of these villages do you think is the most beautiful and would you like to visit?