πŸ• The Most Beautiful Villages πŸ•

It started with the French Les Plus Beaux Villages de FranceΒ (meaning β€œthe most beautiful villages of France”), an independent association created in 1982 for the promotion of the tourist appeal of small rural villages with a rich cultural heritage, and Italy followed suit with its β€œThe Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.” 

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Founded in March 2001, at the instigation of the Tourism Council of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI), with the aim of helping to safeguard, preserve and revitalize small groups and municipalities, but sometimes even individual hamlets, which, being at outside the main tourist circuits, despite the great value, they risk being forgotten with consequent degradation, depopulation, and abandonment, initially the group comprised a hundred villages, which subsequently grew until 271 in 2017.

Membership requires meeting certain selection criteria and offers a strategy for development and promotion to tourists. The three initial selection criteria are the rural nature of the village (a population of fewer than 2,000 inhabitants), the presence of at least two national heritage sites and local support in the form of a vote by the council. Each village must pay an annual fee to the association and the mayor must sign the association’s Quality Charter. If the village fails to meet the requirements of the charter it may be excluded.

Initiatives

The association organizes initiatives within the villages, such as festivals, exhibitions, fairs, conferences and concerts that highlight the artistic and architectural heritage, the traditional, historical, gastronomic and dialectal heritage, involving the inhabitants in the events and local instances, municipalities, schools, cultural associations, local poets and musicians. The club is the promoter of numerous initiatives on the international market. In 2016, the association signed an agreement on a global scale with ENIT, to promote tourism in the most beautiful villages in the world. In 2017 the club signs an agreement with Costa Cruises for the enhancement of some villages, which are offered to cruise passengers arriving in Italian ports on board the operator’s ships.

Regional subdivision

The regional subdivision of the villages admitted into the club is as follows: 28 in Umbria, 27 in the Marche, 24 in Abruzzo, 23 in Tuscany, 22 in Liguria, 20 in Lazio, 20 in Lombardy, 19 in Sicily, 14 in Calabria, 13 in Emilia-Romagna, 12 in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 12 in Piedmont, 12 in Campania, 11 in Puglia, 11 in Trentino-Alto Adige, 10 in Veneto, 7 in Basilicata, 6 in Sardinia, 4 in Molise and 2 in Valle d ‘Aosta.

I visited a few, not all as yet, but many are in my wish list. The ones that I did visited are marked with a β€œcastle.” πŸ•

Regional LIST

Val D’Aosta

– Bard

– Etroubles

Piemonte

– Chianale

– Garessio

– Mombaldone

– Neive

– Orta San Giulio

– Ostana

– Ricetto di Candelo

– Usseauso

– Vogogna

– Volpedo

Lombardia

– Bienno

– Cassinetta di Lugagnano

– Castellaro Lagusello

– Castelponzone

– Cornello dei Tasso

– Curiglia con Monteviasco

– Fortunago

– Gradella

– Grazie

– Gromo

– Lovere

– Monte Isola

– Morimondo

– Pomponesco

– Porana

– Sabbioneta

– San Benedetto Po

– Soncino

– Tremezzina

– Tremosine

– Zavattarello

Trentino

– Canale di Tenno

– Chiusa

– Egna

– Glorenza

– Mezzano

– Rango

– San Lorenzo in Banale

– Vipiteno

Veneto

– ArquΓ  Petrarca

– Asolo πŸ•

– Borghetto

– Cison di Valmarino

– Montagnana πŸ•

– PortobuffolΓ©

– Sottoguda (frazione diΒ Rocca Pietore) πŸ•

Friuli Venezia Giulia

– Clauiano

– Cordovado πŸ•

– Fagagna

– Gradisca d’Isonzo

– Poffabro

– Polcenigo

– Sesto al Reghena πŸ•

– Toppo

– ValvasoneΒ Arzene

– Venzone πŸ•

Liguria

– Apricale

– Borgio Verezzi

– Brugnato

– Campo Ligure

– Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena

– Cervo

– Colletta di Castelbianco

– Finalborgo

– Framura

– Laigueglia

– Lingueglietta

– Millesimo

– Moneglia

– Montemarcello

– Noli

– Seborga

– Tellaro

– Triora

– Varese Ligure

– Vernazza πŸ•

– Zuccarello

Emilia Romagna

– Bobbio

– Brisighella

– Castell’Arquato

– Compiano

– Dozza

– Fiumalbo

– Fontanellato

– Gualtieri

– Montefiore Conca

– Montegridolfo

– San Giovanni in Marignano

– San Leo

– Vigoleno

Toscana

– Anghiari

– Barga

– Buonconvento

– CastelfrancoΒ PiandiscΓ²

– Castiglione di Garfagnana

– Cetona

– Coreglia Antelminelli

– Giglio Castello

– Loro Ciuffenna

– Montemerano

– Montescudaio

– Pitigliano

– Poppi

– Porto Ercole

– San Casciano dei Bagni

– Santa Fiora

– ScarperiaΒ San Piero

– Sovana

– Suvereto

Umbria

– Acquasparta

– Arrone

– Bettona

– Bevagna

– Borgo Sant’Antonio

– Castiglione del Lago

– Citerna

– Corciano

– Deruta

– Giove

– Lugnano in Teverina

– Massa Martana

– Monte Castello di Vibio

– Montefalco

– Montone

– Norcia

– Paciano

– Panicale

– Piediluco

– San Gemini

– Spello

– Stroncone

– Torgiano

– Trevi

– Vallo di Nera

Marche

– Cingoli

– Corinaldo

– Frontino

– Gradara πŸ•

– Grottammare

– Macerata Feltria

– Matelica

– Mondavio

– Mondolfo

– Monte Grimano

– Montecassiano

– Montecosaro

– Montefabbri

– Montefiore dell’Aso

– Montelupone

– Moresco

– Offagna

– Offida

– San Ginesio

– Sarnano

– Treia

– Visso

Lazio

– Boville Ernica

– Campodimele

– Caprarola

– Castel di Tora

– Castel Gandolfo

– Civita di Bagnoregio

– Collalto Sabino

– Monte San Giovanni Campano

– Orvinio

– San Donato Val di Comino

– Sperlonga

– Subiaco

– Torre Alfina

Abruzzo

– Abbateggio

– Anversa degli Abruzzi

– Bugnara

– Caramanico Terme

– Castel del Monte

– Castelli

– CittΓ  Sant’Angelo

– Civitella del Tronto

– Introdacqua

– Navelli

– Opi

– Pacentro

– Penne

– Pettorano sul Gizio

– Pietracamela

– Pretoro

– Rocca San Giovanni

– Santo Stefano di Sessanio

– Scanno

– Tagliacozzo

– Villalago

Molise

– Fornelli

– Frosolone

– Oratino

– Sepino

– Campania

– Albori

– Atrani

– Castellabate

– Conca dei Marini

– Furore

– Monteverde

– Nusco

– Sant’Agata de’ Goti

– Savignano Irpino

– Zungoli

Puglia

– Alberona

– Bovino

– Cisternino

– Locorotondo πŸ•

– Otranto πŸ•

– Pietramontecorvino

– Presicce

– Roseto Valfortore

– Specchia

– Vico del Gargano

Basilicata

– Acerenza

– Castelmezzano

– Guardia Perticara

– Pietrapertosa

– Venosa

– Viggianello

Calabria

– Aieta

– Altomonte

– Bova

– Buonvicino

– Chianalea

– Civita

– Fiumefreddo Bruzio

– Gerace

– Morano Calabro

– Oriolo

– Rocca Imperiale

– Santa Severina

– Stilo

Sicilia

– Castelmola

– Castiglione di Sicilia

– Castroreale

– CefalΓΉ πŸ•

– Erice

– Ferla

– Gangi

– Geraci Siculo

– Montalbano Elicona

– Monterosso Almo

– Novara di Sicilia

– Palazzolo Acreide

– Petralia Soprana

– Sambuca di Sicilia

– San Marco d’Alunzio

– Savoca

– Sperlinga

– Sutera

Sardegna

– Atzara

– Bosa

– Carloforte

– Castelsardo

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