Italy is by far one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. However, many of its most stunning places tend to be overshadowed by the bigger more popular cities like Rome and Venice. I think it’s time we celebrated these charming little hamlets. Here are ten gorgeous Italian towns you’ve probably never heard of.
Founded by Greek settlers, this Puglia region town has the white-washed style popular in Greek architecture. In the evening, the streets are often filled with community members taking their evening stroll or grabbing a drink with friends.
Referred to as the Artist’s village, Bienno is known for its traditional methods of working with wrought iron. Every year tourists flock to this city for the Market Exhibition, an artistic showcase for all the local creators.
Sitting on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Monopoli is a spacious fishing village that has been around since 500 B.C. The town is a peaceful escape where you can wander the city streets and take in the breathtaking beauty of the location.
Situated in the Abruzzo region of central Italy, Tagliacozzo is home to almost 7,000 people. Popular tourist sites include the Convent of St. Francis, the Ducal Palace, the Sanctuary of Maria Santissima dell’Oriente.
Also found in the Abruzzo region, Scanno is known for its lush green surroundings and its lake. Legend has it the lake was formed during a fight between a white witch and a sorcerer. In truth, the lake was formed by a landslide and has become a popular destination for travelers.
Located just 15 minutes outside of Positano, Praiano is a sleepy fishing village packed with charm. The waters are clear and the townspeople are more than welcoming. Though Praiano may be hard to find, it’s worth the effort.
7. Santa Fiora
A small medieval town located at the bottom of Monte Amiata, Santa Fiora is a wonder in this section of Tuscany. The village is home to some beautiful pieces of religious art, such as a wooden image of Madonna and Child.
Another Tuscan village, Asciano is an ancient city with roots going back to the Bronze Age. Places of interest include Collegiate Church of Sant’ Agata, the Cassioli Museum, and Palazzo del Podestà.
9. Ceglie Messapica
One of the oldest towns in the Puglia region, Ceglie Messapica dates back to the 15th-century and has one of the largest historic centers. Every autumn the town hosts the Giovedi Settembre festival dedicated to empty the wine barrels to make room for the upcoming harvest.
- Cisternino [Summer in Italy]
- Praiano [Forbes]
- Santa Fiora [Traveling Tuscany]
- Asciano [Visit Tuscany]
- Bienno [E-Borghi]
- Monopoli [An American in Rome]
- Messapica [Summer in Italy]
- Tagliacozzo [Italy Magazine]
- Scanno [Made in South Italy]
- Feature Picture [Instagram]