41 Old Towns to Explore in Italy

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Albergo Villa San Giovanni

Villa San Giovanni is an Italian town of 13 098 inhabitants in the metropolitan city of Reggio Calabria in Calabria. The city overlooks the Strait of Messina and its port is the main ferry terminal for Sicily. Punta Pezzo, in fact, located in the municipality of Villa, represents the closest point between the Calabrian and Sicilian shores: this has made the city the ideal location for crossing the strait.


Amendolea is a small town, part of the municipality of Condofuri, located in the center of the Greek area of the Province of Reggio Calabria. It is inhabited by 13 families and rises about 5 kilometers from the sea, on the left bank of the Amendolea river , and dominated by the fortress on which the Ruffo Castle stands imposingly. Until 1811 it was an autonomous municipality.


The Valle d'Aosta / Vallée d'Aoste is an Italian region with a special statute of north-western Italy, with the capital Aosta, from which it takes its name, which is part of the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion. it is the smallest region in Italy with 3 263 km² of surface and also the least populated one with 124968 inhabitants, with a completely mountainous territory, bordering to the north with Switzerland.

Area archeologica di Alba Fucens

Alba Fucens, the ancient Roman city at the base of Monte Velino (Province of Aquila), is an archaeological jewel that one should most definitely explore. In fact, the ruins that emerged from excavations initiated by Fernand De Visscher in 1949 are truly remarkable. It is chiefly remarkable for its finely preserved fortifications and so more.


Barcis is an Italian town of 243 inhabitants in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Barcis rises in 409 m asl in Valcellina, in the Friulian Dolomites, on the shores of the artificial lake of the same name. The basin where the town and its hamlets arise is closed to the north by Mount Resettùm, west from the Crep Nudo mountains and Messer, south from the Cavallo mountains and Cjastelât, east of the Raut mountains.


Berchida is a town south of Siniscola, in the territory of the Baronie on the east coast of Sardinia, known above all for the homonymous beach. The beach, known for its beauty, is characterized by low or absent values ​​of the main pollutants being assessed for the purity of the seas. The beach acts, among other things, as a barrier to the Rio Berchida, creating the homonymous pond richly populated by animal species, some of which are quite rare.


Bergeggi is an Italian town of 1 078 inhabitants in the province of Savona in Liguria. The historic village of Bergeggi is located near the coast of the Riviera delle Palme , at about 110 m above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Sant'Elena (347 m asl) where paths allow you to descend towards the promenade and then the coast.


Fiastra is an Italian town of 642 inhabitants in the province of Macerata. It is a scattered municipality with the capital in Trebbio. Nearby is Lake Fiastra along whose shores some accommodation activities such as fishing have developed. Red blades. On 1 January 2017, it incorporated the former municipality of Acquacanina, which became its fraction.

Gabicce Mare

Gabicce Mare is an Italian town of 5 684 inhabitants in the province of Pesaro and Urbino in the Marche region. It is also the smallest municipality in the province of Pesaro and Urbino. It rises on a small bay called Baia Degli Angeli, on the last offshoot of the Romagna coast, on the northern slopes of Monte San Bartolo. The Tavollo torrent and its tributary Taviolo flow through the municipal area, joining near the city center.

La Scarzuola

La Scarzuola is a rural town in Umbria, located in the Montegiove hamlet of the municipality of Montegabbione, in the province of Terni. It is well known for the ancient convent where, according to tradition, St. Francis of Assisi lived, and for the villa in the form of a "city-theater", conceived and built in the twentieth century by the Milanese architect Tomaso Buzzi as a personal interpretation of the theme of the " ideal city ".

Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli

Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli is the name of a site included in the World Heritage Site located in the historic center of Genoa. They are a group of streets built by the Genoese aristocracy between the second half of the sixteenth century and the first half of the seventeenth century when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its maritime and financial power.


Lérici is an Italian town of 9,908 inhabitants in the province of La Spezia in Liguria. It is the fourth municipality of the province by a number of inhabitants. With the provincial capital and Porto Venere, it is one of the three municipalities that overlook the Gulf of Poets. Its district Tellaro is included in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Lido Sabbiadoro

Lignano Sabbiadoro, until 1959 a fraction of Latisana, is an Italian town of 6 837 inhabitants in the province of Udine in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Located on the Upper Adriatic, on the border with Veneto, it is known for its tourist vocation. It is one of the main summer resorts in northern Italy and on the Adriatic Sea coast.

Lignano Sabbiadoro

Lignano Sabbiadoro, until 1959 a fraction of Latisana, is an Italian town of 6 837 inhabitants in the province of Udine in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Located on the Upper Adriatic, on the border with Veneto, it is known for its tourist vocation. Located on a green peninsula about fifty kilometers from Udine and equidistant from Venice and Trieste, Lignano Sabbiadoro is located between the Marano Lagoon to the east and north, the left bank of the Tagliamento river to the west, and the Upper Adriatic


Merano is an Italian town of 41,152 inhabitants in Italy. Considered a health resort since the nineteenth century , Merano was initially oriented towards tourism for the elderly , thanks to the mild climate and the quiet that characterize it. One of the top skiing areas and also you can spend some nice time here.

Montalbano Jonico

Montalbano Jonico is an Italian town of 7 057 inhabitants in the province of Matera in Basilicata. On 2 April 2009, the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano awarded the town of Montalbano Jonico with the honorary title of city. Some courses and services of the University of Magna Græcia of Catanzaro have been based. The reconstruction of the historic site of the houses in Via de Albertino is currently underway, as well as the opening of new construction sites in the center.

Montalto Uffugo

Montalto Uffugo is an Italian town of 20 529 inhabitants in the province of Cosenza in Calabria. It is an integral part of the Cosenza urban area. It probably rises on the ancient Aufugum. The territory of Montalto, mainly hilly, has an altitude ranging from 120 to 1380 m asl. In the mountainous area, there are harsh winters with snowfall, and relatively cool summers, as temperatures rise as you go down. The area is very rainy, with concentrated rainfall between autumn and winter.

Monte San Biagio

Monte San Biagio is an Italian town of 6 206 inhabitants in the province of Latina in southern Lazio. It is located on the slope of a hill part of the Monti Ausoni. Until 1862 it was known as Monticello. There are several dishes particular to Monte San Biagio, some using shrimp from the local lakes, and wild asparagus. The pork sausages are particularly distinctive, usually handmade from the meat and lard of the pig, mixed with chili pepper and coriander seed.


Nora, an ancient site about 22 miles southwest of Cagliari on the island of Sardinia. Although tradition ascribes its foundation to Iberians from Tartessus, the site, which lies on a triangular promontory ending in a steep cliff, is characteristically Phoenician. The ruins stand in an enchanting setting, overlooking a wide bay with its sandy shore lapped by a crystal clear sea.


Numana is an Italian coastal town of 3 807 inhabitants in the province of Ancona in the Marche region, located on the Riviera del Conero. The beach of Numana Alta includes two bays formed close to the cliff: the Spiaggiola and the Spiaggia Dei Frati, while the beach of Numana low extends south of the port to the hamlet of Marcelli.

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