Nothing compares to the unique charm that an authentic Italian village has to offer. Scattered throughout the country, these villages (all with less than a few thousand inhabitants) offer an escape from the big cities and a place to slow down, relax and experience true Italian culture and untainted landscapes at their finest.
Manarola Italy is one of the smallest villages in the Cinque Terre region and offers visitors sweeping views of the ocean from any one of its cliffside vantage points. One of its sister villages, in the same region, is Riomaggiore Italy which also offers beautiful views and is a must see if you are travelling to this region. Both are built into the sides of steep cliffs, and these villages are unlike any others you will visit. Or perhaps your visit to Cinque Terre brings you here to experience medieval history and fortresses? If so, then Vernazza Italy will give you all that you are looking for. Beautiful seaside views, and medieval architecture along with a tour of Doria Castle and the famous Belforte bastion
If you are looking to experience the quaintness of an original Italian fishing village then a visit to Portofino Italy is in order. It will take your breath away with its views of the water scattered with fishing boats and make your mouth water with its numerous seafood restaurants offering the day’s freshest catch.
Positano Italy is a getaway that is perfect for those who love to walk and explore. Located on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Positano is filled with narrow sidewalks that weave their way throughout the village and past its numerous shops and bistros, plus, it is connected to other neighbouring towns by a hiking trail.
While the big cities and hottest tourist attractions in Italy offer an exciting experience, nothing will allow you to truly experience all that Italy has to offer like a trip to one (or more!) of the country’s scenic and quaint Italian villages. If you want to try out living life like a true Italian and meet the people that have carved out this great country, then take time on your journey to step off of the beaten path and explore the interesting places less visited.