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More Charming Towns in Italy

There is no shortage of charming Italian towns. Here’s a list of small towns in Italy for your next trip! You can think of spending a month in these small Italian towns as they are much more cheaper to live in compared to the big cities. 

More Charming Towns in Italy

1. Alba:

Alba is nestled in the Northern Italian region of Piemonte. It is a perfect getaway from the cities of Turin/Milan. Alba has a tiny colorful centre full of historic stores and bars. You can easily walk around the centre in 15 minutes!

Alba is picturesque and chic. Located in the Langhe area of Piemonte, Alba is full of tourists in the summer. Langhe is one of Italy’s most famous wine producing region! You’ll find shops selling wine and truffles everywhere in Alba, pick a few bottles of Barolo wine. Sooooo good!! 

How to reach: Alba can be reached best by a train from Turin Porta Susa station or Milano Centrale. But if you are traveling from Milan, spend the night in Alba as it is too hectic for a day trip.

Check out the hotels in Alba!

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The colorful town of Alba

 

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Piazza Risorgimento, Alba

2. Fermo:

Fermo is located in the Eastern Italian region of Le Marche. The entire region boasts a long coastline but that does not mean Marche is devoid of hilltop towns! Fermo is another small town in Italy that you should consider visiting. It has a gorgeous piazza and a charm from the old times. It has several medieval sites and old palazzi that are worth venturing too. I especially liked Teatro L’Aquila!

How to reach: A hired car is the best way to navigate in the region of Le Marche. However Fermo has a train station. Read more here.

Check out the hotels in Fermo!

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Fermo, Piazza del Popolo

3. Orta San Giulio

When I talk of small Italian towns, I always end up thinking of Orta San Giulio. It is a characteristic small town that I would happily settle in! Imagine yourself in narrow cobbled streets surrounded by splendid lakeside views! Orta San Giulio beseeches me to write a poem because of its indescribable atmosphere! It is about an hour from Turin.

How to reach: Hiring a car is the best way to reach till the town of Orta. But there is a train station at Orta Miasino that requires a train change at Novara. From Orta Miasino take a cab or walk if you are brave enough!!

Check out hotels in Orta!

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Piazza Motta, Orta

 

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Island of San Giulio

4. Numana

Another charming small town in Italy that I would ask you to add to your list is Numana. It is a beach town very popular in the summer. Numana is colorful and very chic with several vantage points for spectacular views of the Adriatic! There are boutiques for your shopping needs and pretty alleyways to fill your growing wanderlust!

How to reach: A hired car is the best way to navigate in the region of Le Marche.

Check out hotels in Numana!

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Views of Adriatic from Numana

 

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Numana alta

5. Sirolo

Another fabulous town in Le Marche is the small beach town of Sirolo. This is a very lively town full of Bars and restaurants and in the summer, it is one of the “must visit beaches” in the area. Sirolo is part of Monte Conero National Park and for both tourists and locals alike, it is gem of a place. Imagine breathtaking landscape and views around you!

How to reach: A hired car is the best option as there’s no train station. Nearest station is Ancona.

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Tell me if you liked this list of Charming Small Towns in Italy?? Have you been to any of these??

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49 Comments

  • Day Trips from Turin – Italophilia
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  • XoBri LeeXo
    December 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Great post and beautiful pictures !! I love Italy. It’s like my second home! I’ve recently posted this Christmas travel blog entitled “Christmas in Como.” Have you ever been to Como Lake? https://momscafe.blog/2017/12/18/christmas-in-como-traveling-mom-chronicles/

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    • Ishita
      March 27, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Hi dear! I just saw this comment. Apologies. Never been to Como. Will check your post. x

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  • Andrew Petcher
    November 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Glad I came across this website. I am planning a railway journey holiday next year from Milan to Rimini stopping off along the way and hope to pick up some tips from your posts!

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    • Ishita
      November 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      That’s so cool Andrew. I hope you can explore the region of Le Marche.

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  • mixedbaggweb
    November 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I love hearing about places lesser explored, so thanks for sharing.
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    • Ishita
      November 22, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Happy you liked it 🙂

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  • TheItalianGuru
    October 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm

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  • roadtotravel
    October 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Awesome post! I hope I can vist all this towns one day. Last month I visited Cinque Terre and I really loved it! Have you been there? If you want to know more check my last post ☺️

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    • Ishita
      October 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I’ll check it out. I went there in 2013 when maybe it was devoid of tourists 😛 and thanks so much!

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  • An Englishwoman in Italy
    October 2, 2017 at 4:09 am

    “Kitty” is a very good expression. It means originally a common store of money, such as when you go to a pub and each put money into a kitty to buy everyone’s drinks with. Perhaps a china kitty was like a piggy bank, a china pig-shaped moneybox. but I like the idea of saving and sharing our experiences of Italy.

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Haha thanks for confirming 🙂 I always use it in the colloquial sense you know! I like your piggy bank thought.

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  • Debra Kolkka
    September 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I have been to Alba a couple of times and loved it!

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    • Ishita
      September 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      It is very charming 🙂

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  • Shelby Burkett
    September 28, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Beautiful places and great info! Italy is definitely on my bucket list. And beautiful pictures as well!

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    • Ishita
      September 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks a ton Shelby 🙂

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  • Tanja
    September 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    what about Pienza in Tuscany? it’s rather small:)

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    • Ishita
      September 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      I will visit Tuscany next time 🙂 Grazie.

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  • Sudhir Chauhan
    September 27, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    So beautiful Ishita….. all these places re beautiful….. and your details are very helpful…..

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    • Ishita
      September 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much Sudhir 🙂

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  • awtytravels
    September 27, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Mmmmh, suggestions? How small a town should be? I’d say perhaps Bra, near Alba, or Monforte d’Alba, or perhaps even Candelo and its Ricetto if we want to remain within Piedmont. Thanks for taking so much interest in our country Ishita!
    Fabrizio

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    • Ishita
      September 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Lovely suggestions, I was supposed to visit Bra but somehow missed and spent time in Torino. I love your country Fabrizio 🙂

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  • Alok Singhal
    September 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Wow, have you been to all of them? They look so picturesque, my pick would be Numana.

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Yes of course else I wouldn’t be writing about them. nice pick

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      • Alok Singhal
        September 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        Good to know. Some travel bloggers write about places they have never been to…so just thought of asking since there were multiple of them. If you had written about your experience, that would have really helped here.

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        • Ishita
          September 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm

          I am not one of them thankfully and I hope you know in all these years of reading my blog. Also, this is just a listicle, Alok. You can see my posts to follow for the three towns mentioned in the coming months. For Numana I think you already ready the post.

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  • Editor
    September 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I visted Italy in 2010. I had some memoirs. Old Building of Pisa is almost same with me. Thank . love

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Memories are there forever 🙂

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      • Editorial Desk
        October 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Hi Ishita, thanks a lot. Expecting more activities…

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  • Manja Mexi Movie
    September 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you again for some eye-opening suggestions. The two Le Marche towns are exactly opposite from me and if I wished to reach them, I’d need to traverse the entire Italy coast-to-coast and it would take me 3.5 hours approximately. The two in the north are 5 hours or more removed. But it’s always good to know where to go if I happen to come closer one day. First time I hear of all four!

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      If I could traverse from India, you definitely can 3.5 and 5 hours 😉 Wish I was as close as you. Keep adding to your kitty.

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      • Manja Mexi Movie
        September 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

        Ohh, I know, living in Italy spoils you rotten. I only add to my kitty (I have never heard of this expression!) towns and attractions that are 3 hours or less from me. And let me tell you – that is one LONG kitty already! But I saved your four towns to my Google Maps favourites. 😉

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        • Ishita
          September 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm

          I use it a lot don’t know why. Maybe it is wrong lol. Lets say add to your basket of options 😉 I have seen your long list earlier. Its amazing hope you are trying to see as much.

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  • Sheree
    September 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Great suggestions! There are so many delightful towns in Italy – far too many to mention.

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      So agree and am sure in my next trip we will share some more with each other

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  • Valentina
    September 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    You need to explore Campania. You really have to 🙂

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      I know 🙂 There is always so much to see/do. Coming from India isn’t easy cost wise.

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  • Lyn
    September 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Ishita, they all sound wonderful. Not only have I not been to any of them but I have not even heard of them. Great photos

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      🙂 Thanks Lyn. Next year if you go, you should visit Piemonte. I know you have seen a lot of Marche

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      • Lyn
        September 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

        I have been to Torino and I had 5 wonderful days in Torre Pellice. Just so much to see

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        • Ishita
          September 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm

          Haha yes I meant head to Alba from Torino. Such a great city

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    • An Englishwoman in Italy
      October 2, 2017 at 4:03 am

      Ah Lyn, I’m always trying to persuade you to come back to Le Marche and I absolutely agree with Ishita about Numana. Fermo has a wonderful library as well as its other attractions. Let’s hope it didn’t suffer in the earthquake.

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      • Lyn
        October 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

        I really do hope to return to Le Marche one day. I have been there 3 times and stayed for extended periods of time eg a month each time. I guess time will tell. Do you live there full time or in the UK? Lyn

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  • Avinash Gupta
    September 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Numana looks like a such a beautiful town. Just out of curiosity, are they smaller town safe to travel and are they tourist friendly for non- Italian speakers as well.

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Avinash 🙂 Yes very safe to travel and even if you don’t know Italian, you will always find a friendly face that is ready to help.

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  • ultimatetravel8
    September 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

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    • Ishita
      September 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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