If Italy has always been on your bucket list, then you may want to check out the country’s official list of its ‘most beautiful towns’.
In fact, that list just got a little longer with SIX new additions; Tropea, Monte Sant’Angelo, Monteleone d’Orvieto, Bassano in Teverina, Casoli and Montechiarugolo.
To make the list, towns are rated on their art, history and culture, not to mention their “protection of the environment, tourist hospitality and local traditions”.
Italian association I Borghi più belli d’Italia runs the scheme, which looks to preserve and highlight lesser-known gems across the country. There are currently 315 towns on the list.
We take a look at the six new ‘most beautiful towns’ in Italy to add to your bucket list…
Head to the sandy beach in Tropea and not only will you find golden sands and azure waters, but the clifftop also has a spectacular castle, the Santa Maria dell’Isola. The town itself has plenty of cosy piazzas where you’ll find restaurants serving up seriously delicious local fare, while the cobbled streets also offer up plenty of charming boutiques ideal for picking up a souvenir or two.
Nestled in the valley of the Aventino river, this picturesque medieval town offers up some pretty incredible views of the landscape filled with vineyards, olive trees and nature reserves.
But it’s not just the beautiful scenery that makes this such a beautiful hotspot – you’ll also find historic castles, palaces and churches which are sure to be a hit with any intrepid explorer.
3. Monte Sant’Angelo
This town is home to not one but TWO UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the ancient Umbra Forest and the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. Meanwhile the historic architecture and spectacular countryside surroundings never fail to make this a firm favourite with adventurers.
4. Monteleone d’Orvieto
With a location described by the association as the “green heart of Italy”, it’s no surprise that this small town is surrounded by eye-catching wilderness. The town itself is just as awe-inspiring boasting vibrant red bricked buildings, beautiful churches, and plenty of historic architecture. Oh, and it’s sure to be a hit with foodies – the town has previously held culinary festivals showcasing the best of that world-famous Italian cuisine.
5. Bassano in Teverina
History fans are sure to get their fill at this town that’s packed with beautiful buildings, churches and heaps of fascinating sites. Highlights include the Clock Tower built to strengthen the nearby Church of Santa Maria dei Lumi’s bell tower. The building dates back to the Renaissance!
Other highlights include the Madonna della Quercia and the Old Fountain.
This town has just 87 inhabitants, and is very much centred around the impressive Montechiarugolo Castle, a fortress towering above the lush green landscape.
The castle is privately opened but you can visit with highlights including the courtyards and antique furniture that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time to the late sixteenth century.
You can find out more about the towns and the I Borghi più belli d’Italia association on borghipiubelliditalia.it.
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