10 fairytale places in Italy that really exist

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Martí Micolau

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Beauty in Italy is never too much. But the emotion that these arouse fairytale places it is something absolutely indescribable. Gaping has never been easier. The places described seem to be perfect for a remake of the Great Beauty, in a fantasy style of course.
Arm yourself with a good camera and go in search of these fairytale places in Italy. Because they exist. Really.


  1. Gorges of Alcantara
  2. Loreto Island
  3. Palace of Caserta
  4. Alberobello
  5. Sterzing
  6. Monumental Forest of Sasseto
  7. Civita di Bagnoregio
  8. Castel del Monte
  9. Abbey of San Galgano
  10. Varone waterfalls
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Alcantara Gorges

  • Where it is: Alcantara Valley, Sicily

The Alcantara Gorges are a natural Canyon, located between the towns of Motta Camastra and Castiglione di Sicilia.

Between these openings the river descends towards the mouth crossing the particular lava stone. But let's leave beauty aside and dedicate ourselves to particularities: the waters of this river are always very cold, even in the hottest periods of the year.

2 - Island of Loreto

  • Where it is: Lake Iseo

This island of ancient charm is located within Lake Iseo, near the town of Montisola. Since 1910 a Neo-Gothic castle, which earned this space of land the particularity that still distinguishes it. In this frame, the only flaw seems to be the property. The island of Loreto and the fortress inside, in fact, are private.

3 - Royal Palace of Caserta

  • Where is it: Caserta, Campania

If there is a fairytale place in Italy, this is certainly the Royal Palace of Caserta. This palace, residence of the most important royals in the world, does not leave you indifferent. It amazes for its gardens, for its fountains and for its baroque, an authentic masterpiece of Italian art. It is no coincidence that it was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1997.

4 - Alberobello

  • Where it is: Alberobello, Puglia

Alberobello is one of the best known cities in the province of Bari and in the whole of Puglia.

The characteristic buildings of the place, the so-called trulli. These conical constructions, made with stone, recall past landscapes and fantastic eras. A white fairy tale place.

5 - Vipiteno

  • Where is it: Bolzano, Trentino Alto Adige

If you don't like dead colors, but are looking for a cheerful and carefree fairy tale, Vipiteno is for you. This colorful town in the province of Bolzano would seem ideal for a fantasy film. It is no coincidence, in fact, that Vipiteno enters the list of most beautiful villages in Italy.

6 - Monumental Forest of Sasseto

  • Where it is: Lazio

This authentic delight located in the heart of the Lazio region, is located near the hamlet of Torre Alfina, in the municipality of Acquapendente. Torre Alfina and Acquapendente: the names of these cities would be enough to get an idea of ​​the fairytale scenery that can be encountered in this area. To enter the Monumental Woods, just enter the public gardens of the Torre Alfina village.

7 - Civita di Bagnoregio

  • Where is it: Municipality of Bagnoregio, Lazio

In an isolated position inhabited by very few people, this village can only be reached by crossing a bridge.

Note with the name the city that dies - not exactly auspicious as a name - this fraction is part of the most beautiful and enchanted villages in Italy. Admiring it, even if only in photos, will make you understand why we have chosen to include it in our ranking.

8 - Castel del Monte

  • Where it is: Puglia

Conceived by Frederick II of Swabia, this fortress is a medieval construction model. Built around 1240, the particularity of this castle concerns the anniversary of the number 8 in its history. There are eight towers of the castle, eight sides, eight rooms on the first and second floor. For Castel del Monte the number 8 is a constant, an obsession. And we just had to put it in position number 8 in our ranking.

9 - Abbey of San Galgano

  • Where is it: Chiusdino, Tuscany

The Abbey of San Galgano is located a few tens of kilometers from Siena. Unfortunately, this monastic abbey is almost completely ruined. The roof has collapsed and only the walls withstand the passage of time. However, even today it could be a worthy set for a self-respecting film. More than words, images are needed.

10 - Varone waterfalls

  • Where is it: Trentino Alto Adige

The last fairytale place that we want to present to you is the naturalistic attraction known as Cascate del Varone. Fueled by underground leaks, this place is theideal for a trip out of town. The show is thrilling and the picnic park inside makes a visit to this wonderful place comfortable.

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