Who doesn’t love quaint towns?? If you are in Italy or traveling there anytime soon, this list is a keeper. You will feel blessed to be in a country with so many varied choices of charming towns. Although this list is not exhaustive, it certainly includes many of my favorites. I will keep adding more to this list as and when I can. If you have any favorites, feel free to share more small towns in Italy.
10 Charming Small Towns in Italy
Now I now that Perugia is not really a small town but it isn’t a big city as Rome either. I love the cosiness this town brings with it’s annual chocolate and jazz festivals. Perugia is still quite unknown to a first time Italy traveler so take a chance next time you are in Italy and visit it. This town has a medieval piazza that will give Game of Thrones a run for it’s money. I hope it never gets run down by mass tourism and selfie sellers.
Deep in the green heart of Italy and quite close to Perugia is Montegiove-another small town with an ancient castle, a single Bar and a historic convent of La Scarzuola. Need I say more?? For more details check this. The small towns in Italy list gets more interesting no??
Gubbio is a strange and charming town that belongs to the Pre Roman era. It has gothic architecture and a beautifully preserved Roman theatre at the entrance. Although slightly difficult to access as other towns in Umbria, there are regular buses to reach Gubbio from Perugia and the region of Marche. There is no train station.
Tuscany has a special magic to it and there are countless towns in the region. Monteriggioni is one such town, off the beaten track from the usual towns of Pisa, Siena, Montepulciano, Volterra that most travelers visit. This Tuscan town is walled and has an old world feel with its small piazza.
Liguria is filled with colored houses and a stunning expanse of the Ligurian sea. Now I know it is getting extremely popular because of the Cinque Terre, but travelers often overlook it’s neighbor Portovenere. This gem of a town is close to easy to reach by bus. It has a stupendous sea view, an old castle and history from the times of Lord Byron. Check here to know more.
This town deserves attention! Seriously! Only 30 minutes from the under appreciated city of Trieste, Muggia is precious. It has small yatches and Venetian architecture. The boats that clung to the harbor gave me an inkling of an Enid Blyton adventure.
A town every chocolate lover must visit! Situated in the diverse region of Sicily that puts the rest of the country’s diversity into perspective, Modica is almost tourist free (as of May 2015). The locals are usually home by 8 p.m. so it’s fun to wander the streets by yourself.
Another small town in Italy that needs attention from is Scicli. It is so quaint and forlorn that you could cry! It has ancient cave dwellings and crude cliffs and you might not see women at all! Men hang out at the piazza as women stay confined to their homes to gossip and cook (so I am told).
Probably everyone’s favorite because of its colorful vibe, Burano is only half an hour from Venice. It is famous for handmade lace and bussola (a kind of a biscuit). According to legend, the island was colored since many centuries for fishermen to find their way in the fog.
Perched on a hill top and filled with white lanes and maze like streets, Locorotondo will outsmart every other town you visit in Puglia. Make sure you have its local wine and visit the nearby olive groves and trulli homes in Alberobello. This small town in Italy will charm you!
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