Italy is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and it’s easily one of our favorite countries to visit at any time of the year. Italy is known for its long coastline, mountains, vineyards, and islands with some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
When visiting Italy most travelers wants to visit Rome, Milan, Venice, and other big, popular cities, but not many are aware of the fact that the real beauty of Italy if actually in the smaller towns.
There are so many small beautiful towns in Italy that you will not want to miss. Those towns are full of charm and beauty and will give you an in-depth look into Italy off the beaten path. In this article, we put together the top list of small towns in Italy that you have to visit on your next vacation to this beautiful country.
Alberobello is probably the most distinctive town on our list. This is a small town near Bari in Puglia. The thing that makes this town so unique and makes it stand against other small towns in Italy are the So-Called Trulli, the houses with a cone-shaped roof.
These roofs are very special that they even made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list of sites in Italy in 1996. when visiting the small town, head up to Piazza del Popolo, where the Belvedere Trulli lookout offers great views of the entire town.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia
Polignano A Mare is located only 34 kilometers from Bari. This isn’t another Italy town on the cliffs, this is a beautiful town with lots of things to offer. At the entrance of Polignano’s historic center, you will find the Marchesale Arch (know also as Porta Grande which dates all the way back to the 16th century).
The magnificent beach of Polignano is surrounded by cliffs and it’s so so clean and considered one of the cleanest beaches in the whole area. The Grotta Palazzeses in one of the hotels that attract most tourists, thanks to its restaurant built inside the cave.
Positano is located on the Amalfi Coast, and it is a must-visit town, because of its magnificent crystal clears sea and colorful cliffs that marge into water. Positano changed itself from a poor fishing village to a tourist hotspot after Jhon Steinbeck wrote about it in Harper’s Bazaar in 1953.
This tow is perfect for families and for a romantic getaway with your partner. You can relax at the beautiful Positano beach and rent a kayak to explore the coast and other nearby sea grottos. Positano has been featured in many films and hosts an international cartoon, festival.
Vernazza is more of a village than a town and it is actually a part of the National Park Cinque Terre. Most visitors consider Vernazza the most picturesque out of Cinque Terre village. This town is founded in the 11th century and it is mostly served as a port. Now is the favorite place to swim (both locals and tourists).
Vernazza streets are lined with signature candy-colored houses, restaurants, and bars. Sea views are incredible. Also, you’ll find the most impressive vistas at Belforte, an iconic seafood restaurant inside the castle that was built in the 11th-century castle.
Manarola located in northern Italy. It is the second-smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists, with a population of 353. Manarola is a picturesque coastal town with a name that translates as “the large wheel” in reference to its mill wheel. This town is really famous for its wine since Roman Times. The houses are so colorful and beautiful.
Cefalù is located in the province of Palermo, Sicily. this town is not big in size, its popularity among local and foreign tourists is enormous. this town has a lot of things to offers for the visitors, one of the biggest attractions in The Cafalù Duomo, a medieval cathedral in the old town center, that was built in the 12th century.
above Cefalù center, you will see a beautiful massive cliff called the Rocca. on the top of this cliff, you will reach the ancient Temple of Diana and other ancient ruins. and also you will see a great view so you can take some beautiful pictures.
Between Florence and Pisa, you’ll find Collodi covered into the side of a hill. A beautiful medieval village is famous for being the home of Pinocchio. When visiting this beautiful town don’t leave without stopping by Pinocchio park, home to the tallest wooden Pinocchio statue in the world, and the nearby Garzoni Gardens filled with Renaissance statues, ornate fountains, and lush bamboo groves.
Bosa on the island of Sardinia is one of the more colorful towns that you’ll come across in Italy. Simply because the houses are painted in a rainbow of pastel colors. Bosa was once renewed for its leather-making industry and is still filled with some beautiful historical boutiques, where the art of tannery has been passed down across generations, also some stores that sell coral jewelry and asphodel baskets.
Strolling through the town is a pleasant way to while away the hours. You can go to the town impressive ruined Castel that was built by Tuscan Malaspina in the 12th century.
Civita Di Bagnoregio, Lazio
Civita di Bagnoregio founded by Etruscans 2,500 years ago, this tow sits on a pinnacle buffeted by winds and erosion. However, the town offers some magnificent views from on high. Erosion caused parts of the town to tumble over the cliff and worn away land access, but you can access the gem by the footbridge.
The footbridge was bombed during world war 2 and just one single metal catwalk connects the village to the main road today.