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The most beautiful towns in Italy

The most beautiful towns in Italy

A visit to Italy is always a good idea, and we hope this list of beautiful towns inspires you for a new trip. You know that for a rental, for a day or for the whole stay, you can find us online.

We warn you that the list includes the towns where you will relax, enjoy the best varieties of wine and delicious recipes, and where you will take the most beautiful vacation pictures. Let’s begin!

Gallipoli, Puglia

The name of this sun-bleached city on the Ionian coast of Puglia derives from the Greek and very appropriately means “beautiful city”. Gallipoli is perched on an islet and linked to the mainland by a causeway, and its compact historic center reveals a maze of whitewashed flat-roofed houses, baroque courtyards, narrow archways, several glorious churches and a fortress from the 13th century. Excellent restaurants where you can taste fresh fish and seafood, while beyond its bastions lies the sparkling, turquoise sea and some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.

Montefalco, Umbria

Located in the world of wine, the charming medieval town of Montefalco is synonymous with Sagrantino, the highly prized local red wine, the vines turning the surrounding hills deep red just before the grapes are harvested. Known as the “Balcony of Umbria” because of its panoramic views, the city has five entrance gates, each of which leads through a cobblestone alley to the circular central square. Don’t leave before tasting the local wine and visiting the series of frescoes dating back to 1452 by Benozzo Gozzoli depicting the life of Saint Francis in the Convento di San Fortunato.

Orta San Giulio, Piedmont

Lago d’Orta, the smallest of the Italian lakes, has a bucolic air and is much less known and touristic than Lakes Como and Maggiore. Perched on a small promontory on its southeastern shore, the charming medieval town of Orta San Giulio is an ensemble of ancient stone buildings and cobbled alleyways built around the lakeside waterfront of Piazza Motta, dotted with various cafés. There are wonderful trails in the surrounding hills and a visit to the mystical island of San Giulio is a must. Saint Julius is said to have floated to the island on his cloak to ward off snakes and dragons, after which he established a church, today’s Basilica, founded in 392 AD.

Matera, Basilicata

It is hard to believe that Matera, located in the little-visited region of Basilicata and now shining brightly after being the European Capital of Culture in 2019, was one of the most disadvantaged cities in Western Europe until the 1950s. Designated a a UNESCO World Heritage site, the honeycomb of ancient troglodyte dwellings (sassi) that lie beneath the honey-coloured medieval town is now largely restored and occupied by galleries, restaurants and hotels. But to get an idea of what life in the cave must have been like, you can visit the fascinating Casa Grotta di vico Solitario or even sleep in one if you don’t mind the windowless rooms.

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