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SMALL TOWNS AND VILLAGES  OF ITALY

Precious architecture in splendid landscapes, art scattered around, various and rich lifestyle...

warm people... it's all you need for a different relaxing vacation.

Norcia-Umbria

Bobbio-Emilia Romagna

Bosa-Sardegna

Oratino-Molise

Gradisca d'Isonzo - Friuli V. G.

 

Lombardia - Zavattarello

Liguria - Manarola

Abruzzo - Rocca San Giovanni

Sicilia - Montalbano Elicona

Italy improperly defined "smaller" is a reality composed from 5.868 small towns with less than 5.000 inhabitants (73% of the total one of the Italian towns), 10,600,000 inhabitants (19% of the Italian population), 4,080 traditional agribusiness products, 2,125 typical products of the craftsmanship, 139 roads of the wine and the flavors, 7,500 square miles of territories inserted in national parks, regional and protected areas, 1.238 "local dialects", 70.000 small and undertook averages.

 

The tourism of the villages represents one of the emergent products of the tourism-nature and grows more quickly three times of that conventional.

The village, or small town, indicate an "inhabited center." In the past years this name was usually reserved to the countries of remarkable importance that had a market and a fortification.   

The village houses in the medieval period were formed around the city. They extended on the edges of the principal roads that met to the cities. The villages usually reached more elevated dimensions in comparison to the same city. The walls of the main center were often demolished and then rebuilt to incorporate the villages outside.

The villages represent communities that can still tell their ancient traditions, their styles and rhythms of life. The villages are a system of communities and territories strung together along the entire Italy, constantly trying to improve the quality of their territory in order to make life pleasant for their citizens and tourists who want to go there for a holiday.

They are realities that consider the community local as a crucial element of development. The community is a place, a cultural and human context, a synonymous of the good way of living, of traditions, of flavor, of a good social dimension; a community that opens outwards becomes an hospitable community.

To sleep in a typical house of the Carnia or the Alto Salento, to walk in a villageaccompanied by an inhabitant that tells the history and the characteristics of it, to eat a cake prepared by the neighbor...these are the peculiarities of a trip in more authentic Italy. What today counts for the tourist is the place. Not so much that "from postcard" but an essential alternative, a community and a way to live positive and distant from the city chaos and from the lack of social quality.

Veneto - AsoloTo such intention, the "Hospitable Community" represents an innovative model of sustainable tourism, a new formality to live the vacation that allows the tourist to become a temporary citizen of the places in which he sojourns. The Hospitable Community is a place in which the citizens, the administrators and the economic and public operators share a single strategy of reception.

In the hospitable communities, among characteristics residences absorbed in the historical patrimony of the villageand positioned in restructured buildings (where all the details and the architectural typologies are preserved and valorized), wine and food dishes typical of the excellence, splendid landscapes, folklorist popular parties, it is possible to live an authentic

 

 

 

 

Campania - Atrani

 

 

 

 

Norcia - Umbria  

Norcia is a small village in Umbria. Its history has deep roots: as a matter of fact the settlement of Nursia was founded by the ancient peoples of Italy already on 9th Century B.C., from there it followed  the fate and the history of Italian peninsula. Now we can see a shape hearted walled town that holds the medieval towers and gates. There were born san Benedetto and Santa Scolastica, and this is emphasized in the city. In fact the main square is dedicated to the Saint and there lies the Basilica of san Benedetto, a gothic one that was built upon Roman remains (maybe the birthplace of the Saint). Other fine and important buildings are the Palazzo Comunale, a fortress called Castellina with amazing courtyard and staircase and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore that houses marvelous paintings and masterpieces, but Norcia is really a little treasure to discover step by step. As the same as Geraci, Norcia has its typical products; the most important is the fine black truffle!  

 

Bobbio - Emilia Romagna  

Bobbio is  a small village in Emilia Romagna near Trebbia river. Even if its history begins in the centuries before Christ the crucial moment is represented by  the monk Colombano in 6th Century A.C. . He refurbished a ruined small church and founded an Abbey, after called Abbey of san Colombano. The Abbey has quickly become an important spiritual, cultural and political centre. Beyond the Abbey in Bobbio you can also visit the Duomo with an amazing fresco of Annunciazione, Ponte Vecchio, the Abbazia Museum and the City’s Museum where you can understand which kind of importance Bobbio had in the past. Bobbio is also renowed for fine wood craftsmanship and typical dishes asmaccheroni alla bobbiese and lumache (snails) alla bobbiese.

Bosa - Sardegna  

 

Bosa - SardegnaBosa has been found by Phoeniciam and it lies in North- Western coast of Sardegna. Romans based a settlement close to former city. The town has been left on XI Century after Saracen raids: the most important remain of that age is the Basilica of san Pietro, that was built in Romanic style. The medieval settlement was born XII century: a small village (nowadays Sa Costa borough) around the Malaspina Castle.  In this village you can see a marvelous tangle of allies that houses both fine buildings and modest ones. In this particular context you can enjoy the frescoes that the small church of Regno Altos hosts, marvelous palaces built between XVII and XVIII Century as Palazzo Delitalia and Palazzo Don Carlo, and other precious churches like Madonna di Mondovi’. An other interesting area to visit is the borough of tannery, that was grown on XIX Century and now is a great example of industrial archaeology. Bosa  is also renowned for fine gold filigree craftsmanship

Oratino - Molise  

 

Oratino is a village founded on XIII Century by Normans. It housed during the centuries a lot of artists and skilled craftsman that have finely decorated    every building, palace, church or square of the village. In Oratino you can enjoy the visit to the Church of Santa Maria dell’ Annunziata that houses a fresco by Brunetti, the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto that hosts two marvelous wooden statues, the Palazzo Ducale, the Giordano Square from where you can enjoy of an amazing view. In Oratino you can eat tasting typical dishes as laganelle ( small handmade lasagna) soup, and a dish composed by goat cheese with eggs cooked in sausage’s sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Gradisca d’Isonzo - Friuli Venezia Giulia   

 

Gradisca d’Isonzo has an interesting and ancient history. The city of Venice that in XV Century was a power in the Northern part of Italy projected Gradisca as a military fortress against the Turkish raids. The principal signs of this period are Palazzo del Fisco and Casa dei Provveditori Veneti (an administration building). During the XVII Century the village was governed by  Eggemberg family and it became a marvelous residential place. In this age were been built the most of the principal fine buildings that we can see, for example Casa de' Salamanca, Casa Wassermann and Palazzo de' Comelli-Stuckenfeld. In Gradisca you can also enjoy to visit the Loggia dei Mercanti , Monte di Pieta’, the walls projected by Leonardo da Vinci and the Castle. In Gradisca you can also taste the marvelous wine of Friuli as Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot and a great variety of typical dishes.

 

 

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