Sunday, June 4, 2023

The 5 Most Charming Small Towns in Italy

Portofino, Liguria The coastal town of Portofino is one of the most beautiful European ports to sail into.It also has a wealth of excellent hotels like the Hotel Splendido and the Grand Hotel Miramare, plus great shopping, and of course, that radiant coastline.

Castelluccio, Umbria

Located atop a steep hill 5,000 feet above sea level, Castellucio is the highest—and most beautiful—village in the Apennine Mountain Range.The village is backed by snow-capped mountains on one side and on the other, lush, fertile plains that blossom with red poppies, violets, and rapeseed in the spring.

Pietrapertosa, Basilicata

Pietrapertosa is one of the most dramatic towns in all of Italy—it’s carved into the bare rock on the side of a mountain, and boasts an elevation of 3,500 feet.

The town itself is beautiful, filled with ancient ruins and a ninth-century Saracen castle—but the highlight of any visit is a ride on Il Volo dell’Angelo.

Sorrento, Campania

Despite the lack of a beach, tourists love Sorrento, which straddles the cliffs overlooking the ocean

The old town makes a great base for exploring surrounding areas—the Amalfi Coast to the East, Pompeii to the North, and the island of Capri offshore.

Polignano a Mare, Apulia

On a limestone cliff that slices into the ocean, the tiny town of Polignano a Mare—known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”—is one of the most romantic spots in all of Puglia.


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