There are nine little towns that I believe are the most beautiful towns in Italy.
I'm Italian, my hubby isn't. I still love him anyway! None of us are perfect right? I've spent over ten years living in Italy with my husband, exploring every region of this wonderful country from Venice to Catania and all the little corners in between.
We have explored beaches, ski resorts and cities but choosing these nine towns was the hardest thing we have ever done. I mean how do you choose?
Being a romantic at heart I tend to go for those towns where romance blossoms afresh and I feel like I am on honeymoon all over again. Just starting down on that lovely "via d'amore".
OK, enough talk let's begin...
There are dozens of other little towns that probably should be included. If you have a town or village that you think is one the most beautiful towns in Italy please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
The nine towns we have selected, in no particular order, are...
Two of the five Cinque Terre villages. All of them are delightful but Manarola and Corniglia are my favorites.
Don't stay here though but rather in nearby Levento (click for the hotel I recommend). Levento is much less crowded, cheaper and has a better beach too.
To see just how lovely Manarola is view the video further down this page.
A tiny little village in the heart of the Piedmont winelands. If you visit I suggest you stay at the small family run and utterly charming Hotel Villa Lauri. The owner is one of the friendliest hotel owners I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Not far from Venice Italy, in the heart of the Veneto, is this gem of a town, one of the most beautiful in Italy. So near to Venice and Treviso yet so few of the millions of visitors to Venice ever discover Asolo. They don't know what they have missed! The Albergo Al Sole is the place to stay . Click here for more on Asolo.
Walking up the stairs that lead through town you pause a moment and look back. Your eyes follow the stairs down, between honey colored stone cottages and out across the rolling green hills beyond. In that moment, every effort you made to get here is worth it a thousand times over. Read more about Corinaldo here
Another lovely town in Le Marche. One of the most spectacular hill towns in Italy with an awesome castle. Click to discover more about the secrets of San Leo.
Near Sorrento you'll discover this little corner of paradise. You'll visit and no doubt have to leave but your heart will always stay here, lost for ever in the narrow lanes and merry jumble of bougainvillea bedecked cottages.
For my guide to the dream hotels of the Amalfi coast click here. To "visit" the best Amalfi beaches click here.
How long this medieval and car-free gem will be around is anyone's guess. Experts say that one day its hilltop location will crumble away to nothing. My advice is to get here and see this incredible village while you can. Read more here.
A typical little mountain hamlet in the mountains of Piedmont close to Switzerland. You feel as if you've gone to sleep and woken up in a fairy tale. Head to fairy land here.
Is it a place, the food or something else, what makes Italy so wonderful for you?
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