"Hilltop castles and villages in abundance" Top 5 Page for this destination Italy Favorite Tip by Trekki
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Favorite thing: Almost everywhere in Italia the landscape is hilly if not mountainous. The farther away from the bigger cities the landscape is so often dotted with hilltop castles and villages. When I drove through eastern Emilia Romagna, Marche and Umbria I stopped counting at a point in time. So many villages and castles sit high on top of a hill or are clinging to the slopes. Many if not all of them have this special atmosphere of the old days, as if time stood still. Most probably this is enhanced by the stone architecture, very old, conserved in time. Some of the castles can be visited, some are private property. But a visit in the little villages is definitely worth the effort of finding local transportation or finding a place to park the car. Winding little paths through the village with hidden treasures around almost every corner tell so many stories about the life and the history of village and locals. There is always a piazza with a church and many of these have treasures inside one would never imagine to find so much off the usual travellers’ paths.
I can only encourage you to leave the roads, drive high up into a village you see and get yourself surprised by what you find!
Another helpful site related to beautiful hilltop castles and villages is the one which lists the most beautiful villages in Italy: I Borghi più belli d’Italia . The website is quite excellent, a map helps to find the villages per region and then gives information about the village, local products, local dishes, accommodation (with links to the respective place), maps and events. I already found the dreamiest villages through this site. (I have also added this part of my general tip about excellent websites, just in case you wonder)
update: April 2010 (I Borghi più belli added). © Ingrid D., February 2010,ff (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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