Discover Italy: the villages to visit at least once – Italian Cuisine

Castiglione di Sicilia – Sicily
Otranto – Puglia
Conca dei Marini – Campania
Arquà Petrarca – Veneto
Venzone – Friuli Venezia Giulia
Bobbio – Emilia Romagna

The meeting between the English words stay and vacation gives life to a new word, staycation, which tells the Italians' summer very well this year: yes on holidays, we all need it, but without moving too much, taking advantage of as much as possible our natural, landscape and historical heritage. Because Italy, there is no need to remember it, has a lot to give us.

The solutions are therefore just around the corner: between kilometers of coasts, mountains, countryside, cities of art, today we choose to virtually visit the small villages, perched, sometimes forgotten, little gems out of time, perfect for a trip or a slightly longer vacation.

The villages of Italy

They are more than 300, characterized by a natural and architectural heritage certified by the Fine Arts: less than 6000 people, treasures of art, history and gastronomic traditions. Loved by TV, you all know the Il Borgo dei Borghi program that every note draws up this ranking, promoted by associations (the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy and Authentic Villages of Italy, just to name two of the most famous) that with great passion help in the preservation of these goods, a festival is also dedicated to the villages National festival of the most beautiful villages in Italy, to Fico Eataly World in the period of November. The theme park dedicated to agri-food and gastronomy of Bologna devote three days to discover some of the most beautiful places in Italy, less known but absolutely worth visiting.

Villages to visit by train

Thanks to an agreement between Trenitalia and the most beautiful villages in Italy, you can visit the villages by train: the goal is to enhance this great heritage and make difficult to reach places accessible. For the moment these are 25:

Here is the list of places to reach with regional Trenitalia which has activated more than 580 connections per day:

  • Valle d'AostaBard;
  • Piedmont: Mombaldone – Orta San Giulio – Vogogna;
  • Liguria: Moneglia – Finalborgo – Laigueglia – Borgio Verezzi – Campo Ligure – Vernazza;
  • Trentino A.A.: Chiusa – Egna – Vipiteno;
  • VenetoMontagnana;
  • Friuli Venezia GiuliaVenzone;
  • Emilia RomagnaBrisighella;
  • TuscanyBuonconvento;
  • MarcheGrottammare;
  • Umbria: Castiglione Del Lago – Spello – Passignano Sul Trasimeno;
  • AbruzzoTagliacozzo;
  • Campania: Vietri Sul Mare;
  • Calabria: Chianalea;
  • SicilyCefalu.

The most beautiful villages in Italy: the 2020 ranking

So from Valle d'Aosta to Abruzzo, from Sicily to Trentino, here in our gallery the villages that could become the destination of our post Covid-19 staycation: a proximity holiday, to rediscover our wonderful territory, scenographic, folkloric, spectacular and tasty. Because let's not forget that every village hides – not too much – the wonderful Italian gastronomic culture.

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