Rome: When visiting Italy, many travellers flock to the most renowned destinations like Rome, Venice, and
Florence. While these are wonderful cities, the country also boasts endless towns and villages that are full of
old-world charm and equally wonderful. They offer all the fascinating history, architecture, and culture of the
main cities, just without the crowds of tourists.
Some Italian locations are more well-known than others, but there’s something about the smaller villages and towns of the country that have so much character. There’s really nothing like them!
Verona, Veneto: Located in Italy’s north, the town of Verona has served as a popular tourist destination for
centuries. Even Mozart liked to vacation there! Brimming with history and beautiful architecture, the town is a must for every kind of traveler.
Perhaps the most famous point of interest in the town is Juliet’s Balcony, which is said to be the very balcony
over which Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet shared their famous love scene. There’s also the iconic Arena di
Verona to check out, as well as a garden from the 1400s known as Giardino Giusti.
Pitigliano, Tuscany: Tuscany is often considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. Home to
destinations like Florence, Siena, and Pisa, Tuscany is also full of lesser-known towns, like the stunning
Pitigliano. Sitting atop a rocky volcanic cape, Pitigliano can be found in the south of Tuscany, in a region known as Maremma.
While you’re in Pitigliano, be sure to visit the Jewish Ghetto, as well as a range of churches that date back to
the Middle Ages. This is the ultimate stop for any lover of history!
Corricella, Procida Island: Corricella on the island of Procida is worth a visit simply for the phenomenal
photo opportunities it presents. The village is full of color and has such a unique look that it was the setting of films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and the Italian classic Il Postino.
This fisherman’s village is perfect for exploring and offers plenty of opportunities to sample some delicious
southern Italian fare. You’ll also see a variety of architecture from a range of historical periods. The island is located off the coast of Naples, in the region of Campania.
Atrani, Campania: Another beautiful village in the region of Campania is Atrani on the Amalfi Coast. Unlike
its more famous Amalfi Coast counterparts, like Positano and Sorrento, Atrani is much less well-known by tourists. This is the perfect place for a sublime view of the coast without having to battle all the crowds.
Atrani is full of traditional piazzas, prominent churches, and trattorias serving fresh seafood. It’s also located
only 30 minutes from the town of Amalfi, so it’s a great location from which to base yourself while visiting the
Alberobello, Puglia: The charming small town of Alberobello is located near the city of Bari in the region of Puglia, on the eastern coast of Italy. Alberobello is known for its white-tipped houses known as Trulli. In
1996, the town was officially named a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to this unique feature that sets it
apart from other destinations in the country.
One of the most popular things to do in Alberobello is to check out the Belvedere Trulli lookout in Piazza del
Popolo. From here, you’ll be able to see the entire town in one sweeping view.
Castel Gandolfo, Lazio: The region of Lazio is iconic for being home to the city of Rome, the capital of Italy
and one of the most popular cities in Europe. While Rome is certainly worth a visit for first-time travelers to
Italy, you should also make time to visit the town of Castel Gandolfo.
Straddling Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo is the place to go if you want gorgeous views of historic buildings
and villas. Here you can dine in restaurants that are decorated with flowers and nestled neatly into the
cliffsides, where they overlook the waters of the lake.
Castelluccio, Umbria: It isn’t the architecture in Castelluccio which makes the Umbrian village so stunning—rather, it’s the natural landscape that surrounds it. The highest village in the Apennine Mountain Range,
Castelluccio is located 5,000 feet above sea level and is set against fairytale-like snow-capped mountains. On
the other side of the village, you’ll find lush green meadows packed with blooming flowers.
You’ll want to visit Castelluccio during the “Flowering”, which takes place between late May and early June.
This is the best time to check out the iconic poppies, rapeseed, and violets that flourish beside the town.
Pietrapertosa, Basilicata: Located on the side of a mountain, 3,500 feet above sea level, Pietrapertosa is a sight not to be missed. This is the place to visit if you like artifacts that are more than 1000 years old since
Pietrapertosa boasts a ton of ancient ruins. One of the most iconic is a Saracen castle from the ninth century.
While in Petrapertosa, you should also make a stop at the world’s highest zip line, Il Volo dell’Angelo. You’ll
find the town in the region of Basilicata, a mountainous region in the country’s south.
Marzamemi, Sicily: There are several reasons to visit Sicily, and one of them is Marzamemi, a fishing village
that dates back over 1000 years. You could spend hours exploring the cobblestone paths of the town, admiring
the beauty of old fishermen’s cottages, beautiful piazzas, and iconic sandstone buildings.
Marzamemi centers around an ancient tuna production factory, known as a tonnara, which was built by the
Arabs around the year 1000 A.D. There are plenty of photo opportunities in the village, which resides on the
southernmost tip of the island.
Vipiteno, Trentino-Alto Adige: Italy’s culture is as vast as its landscape, with the towns and villages of the
north typically reflecting influences that are much more Austrian than Arabic. Vipiteno is said to be the
northernmost town in Italy and definitely feels more like a central European destination rather than a village
with a Mediterranean feel.
Vipiteno can be found among the Dolomites and boasts fantastic opportunities for shopping and viewing
Renaissance architecture. There are also some great ski slopes located nearby, making this the ideal
destination for every kind of traveler.