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The 20 most villages belli d'Italia: Official Ranking


Relive the villages and historic centers, remove concrete and plant trees, protect the testimonies of the past, return to our best yesterdays, so that God for those who believe or nature for those who do not believe, can begin to think about forgiving us and helping us to create a better Italy.
- Alexandre Cuissardes
Oh yes, forgive us God and Mother Nature if we have forgotten you, or rather (worse), if we simply do not care about you. No blasphemy, just truth. As it is true truth that those who have created and keep alive can only be divine signs, the villages of Italy and the world.

Characterized by an architectural and natural heritage certified by the Superintendency of Fine Arts and consisting of a population of less than 6.000 inhabitants, the Italian villages are more than 300, all with one characteristic in common: they make you smile, they make you fall in love. And they are as beautiful as Anna Magnani's wrinkles, as good as good wine and as wise as wise grandparents.

Their beauties are celebrated by TV Programs such as "Alle falde del Kilimangiaro" and "Il Borgo dei Borghi" (broadcast on RAI networks), or "Borghi d'Italia" (broadcast on TV2000); but above all preserved and promoted by tourist networks and associations such as the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy Association (almost 300 certified villages) or the youngest Authentic Villages in Italy (more than 200 registered municipalities).



Index

  1. The most beautiful villages in Italy region by region
  2. Borgo dei Borghi: ranking and official winners
  3. User questions and comments

The most beautiful villages in Italy region by region

Borgo dei Borghi: ranking and official winners

For several years, "mamma Rai" has been holding an annual competition between Italian villages to elect the most beautiful village in Italy, first as a column in the successful program "Alle Falde del Kilimanjaro", later through the special program "Borgo dei Borghi". Below you will find more information on the winning villages of all editions of the review!



2019 edition: Bobbio, Emilia-Romagna

Bobbio is a pretty Emilian town made up of just 3500 souls, which leaves a sweet memory of itself for its medieval charm. Among the architectures that make the atmosphere magical, one cannot fail to mention the Roman bridge with 11 arches known as "Ponte del Diavolo". According to an ancient legend, this was designed with an irregular shape by the Devil himself, who intended to discourage the monks from crossing the Trebbia river.

  • Typical products: Cured meats, porcini mushrooms and truffles
  • Typical meal: macaroni alla bobbiese with stew sauce
  • Ideal time for a visit: Spring and Summer

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Palazzolo Acreide (Sicily) was awarded the second position, Rotondella (Basilicata) has arrived third and Laigueglia (Liguria) room.

Other participating villages were: Atzara (Sardinia), Tremosine sul Garda (Lombardy), Fiumefreddo Bruzio (Calabria), Vitorchiano (Lazio), Cella Monte (Piedmont), Bagnoli del Trigno (Molise), Gradara (Marche), Castellabate (Campania ), Bovino (Puglia), Tassullo (Trentino-Alto Adige), Gressoney-Saint-Jean (Aosta Valley), Fratta Polesine (Veneto), Strassoldo (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Castel del Monte (Abruzzo), Cetona ( Tuscany), Lugnano in Teverina (Umbria).

Spring 2018 Edition: Gradara, Marche

Probably made immortal by Dante, who in his Divine Comedy chooses the Castle of Gradara as the theater of the death of Paolo and Francesca. Less than 5.000 inhabitants for what is a true jewel of the province of Pesaro and Urbino, a worthy successor to Venzone, a hamlet of 2017, and Sambuca di Sicilia the year before that.



  • Typical products: Country herbs, cicerbita grass (scarpen in dialect) and sausage
  • Typical meal: the bigol: hand-made spaghetti seasoned with porcini mushrooms from Montefeltro or with meat sauce from the Marche region.
  • Ideal time for a visit: Spring and Summer

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Castroreale (Sicily) was awarded the second position, Bobbio (Emilia Romagna) has arrived third and Furore (Campania) room.

Other participating villages were: Monte Isola (Lombardy), Bagnoli del Trigno (Molise), Stintino (Sardinia), San Giorgio di Valpolicella (Veneto), Pescocostanzo (Abruzzo), Sesto al Reghena (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Altomonte (Calabria) , Noli (Liguria), Chiusdino (Tuscany), Tursi (Basilicata), Bevagna (Umbria), Arnad (Valle d'Aosta), Barolo (Piedmont), Rodi Garganico (Puglia), Vigo di Fassa (Trentino Alto Adige), Sermoneta (Lazio).

Autumn 2018 Edition: Petralia Soprana, Sicily

Petralia Soprana is a small gem perched on the southern slope of the Madonie, known for its Norman architecture and especially for the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and for the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto.

This town inhabited by the Sicans (who called it Petra), it is the highest town in the Madonie, from which you can admire the beauty of the surrounding natural area.

  • Typical products: cheeses (pecorino, cacio horse and ricotta), sfuogghiu (sfoglio - cheese cake with chocolate and cinnamon)
  • Typical meal: virdura maritata (soup with wild vegetables such as chicory and borage)
  • Ideal time for a visit: Summer or spring

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Subiaco (Lazio) was awarded the second position, Mel (Veneto) has arrived third, Guardiagrele (Abruzzo) room.

Other participating villages were: Acerenza (Basilicata), Avise (Aosta Valley), Bosa (Sardinia), Castel Petroso (Molise), Corinaldo (Marche), Dozza (Emilia Romagna), Garessio (Piedmont), Lovere (Lombardy) , Massa Martana (Umbria), Mezzano (Trentino Alto Adige), Moneglia (Liguria), Monteverde (Campania), Morano Calabro (Calabria), Otranto (Puglia), Palmanova (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Poppi (Tuscany).



2017 Edition: Venzone, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Venzone tells a story of courage, rebirth and great dignity. This wonderful town of 2000 inhabitants was rebuilt following the 1976 earthquake with the reuse of original stones through the anastylosis method.

The flagship of the architecture of the village is the Cathedral, still today the only Friulian testimony of the ancient fourteenth-century fortified citadels.

  • Typical products: Caciotte and fresh ricotta
  • Typical meal: Tagliatelle with fresh mushrooms from the Julian Pre-Alps and Frico with pumpkin
  • Ideal time for a visit: All the year

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Arquà Petrarca (Veneto) was awarded the second position, Conca dei Marini (Campania) has arrived third.

Other participating villages were: Gressan (Valle d'Aosta), Montegridolfo (Emilia Romagna), La Maddalena (Sardinia), Tellaro (Liguria), Orta San Giulio (Piedmont), Rocca San Giovanni (Abruzzo), Canale di Tenno (Trentino ), Zavattarello (Lombardy), Suvereto (Tuscany), Panicale (Umbria), Castel Gandolfo (Lazio), Vastogirardi (Molise), Montecassiano (Marche), Castelmezzano (Basilicata), Fiumefreddo Bruzio (Calabria), Castiglione di Sicilia (Sicily) , Otranto (Puglia).

2016 Edition: Sambuca di Sicilia, Sicily

We are in Sicily, a land of myths, stories, legends. Like that of Sambuca, the village built by the Arab emir from which it takes its name, and which develops with multiple facades, such as the Arab one "inside the walls" and the eighteenth-century one outside. The Arab heart is an irregular, confused but fascinating jumble of narrow alleys, squares and squares. The smell of elderberry accompanies the visit: welcome to Borgo dei Borghi 2016!

  • Typical products: Oil, ricotta and cheeses
  • Typical meal: Minni di virgini (typical dessert)
  • Ideal time for a visit: Any season

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Cervo Ligure (Liguria) was awarded the second position (but was subsequently excluded due to irregularities in online voting), Santa Maria di Castellabate (Campania) arrived third.

Other participating villages were: Spello (Umbria), Subiaco (Lazio), Lovere (Lombardy), Cordovado (Friuli), Scanno (Abruzzo), Locorotondo (Puglia), Chianalea Di Scilla (Calabria), Cison Di Valmarino (Veneto), Offagna (Marche), Viggianello (Basilicata), Ricetto Di Candelo (Piedmont), Fornelli (Molise), Egna (Trentino), Fenis (Valle D'Aosta), Giglio Castello (Tuscany), Posada (Sardinia), San Leo (Emilia Romagna).

2015 Edition: Montalbano Elicona, Sicily

It develops on a small promontory with all the urban fabric stretching towards its top, dominated, guess what ... by a castle! A fortress that immediately opens to the eyes with the walls bordered by towers, an extraordinary example of medieval architecture. Inside, a Byzantine royal chapel. From the top of the village, the view sweeps over the Nebrodi Mountains on one side, and the Aeolian Islands on the other.

  • Typical products: cheeses and cured meats
  • Typical meal: Fave a maccu
  • Ideal time for a visit: Any season

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Monteverde (Campania) was awarded the second position, Castel Sardo (Sardinia) has arrived third.

Other participating villages were: Pitigliano (Tuscany), Bovino (Puglia), Brighella (Emilia Romagna), Gerace (Calabria), Venosa (Basilicata), Montagnana (Veneto), Neive (Piedmont), Borgio Verezzi (Liguria), Civitella Del Tronto (Abruzzo), Antagnod (Valle d'Aosta), Magagna (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Frosolone (Molise), Sabbioneta (Lombardy), Treia (Marche), Vipiteno (Trentino Alto Adige), Sperlonga (Lazio), Montefalco (Umbria ).

2014 Edition: Gangi, Sicily

Medieval alleys within a sixteenth-century wall, landscapes and visions of other times, of an agricultural Sicily in the heart of the Madonie. Houses all stacked on top of each other offer the image of a small and picturesque nativity scene, between narrow streets and the scent of authenticity.

  • Typical products: Pecorino and Cacio Cavallo
  • Typical meal: the Taralla and the Turrunedda di Gangi (typical sweets)
  • Ideal time for a visit: Spring, autumn, winter

Finalists and participants in the edition:

Bosa (Sardinia) was awarded the second position, Santa Severina (Calabria) has arrived third.

Other participating villages were: Acerenza (Basilicata), Bienno (Lombardy), Corinaldo (Marche), Sant'Agata Dei Goti (Campania), Caprarola (Lazio), Pacentro (Abruzzo), Castiglione Di Garfagnana (Tuscany), Vogogna (Piedmont ), Portobuffolè (Veneto), Valvasone (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Montone (Umbria), Vernazza (Liguria), Specchia (Puglia), Chiusa (Trentino Alto Adige), Castell'Arquato (Emilia Romagna), Sepino (Molise), Etroubles (Valle d'Aosta).

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