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Most Picturesque Places in Italy

Last Updated on Tuesday 10th, March 2015 / 10:46 Written by
Most Picturesque Places in Italy
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Following the post dedicated to Italy most beautiful villages and hill towns,  I then began to think to which Italian destinations could be considered as the most picturesque places in Italy!

Why picturesque? because these special Italian sights possess very peculiar characteristics, they have something special, quaint, and even curious in many ways. Some seem to stay suspended up in the air, others are submerged by water, others have secular towers and impressive skylines…

Art and nature together have managed to create really incredible and spectacular places…unique sights that will take your breath away! Literally.

Have in mind your own peculiar place in Italy? Leave a comment to share it with us! also share a photo if you like, or tell us about your trip to Italy to see it published on the blog!

The Most Picturesque Places in Italy, from north to south!

Fabbriche di Careggine – the city under the lake in Tuscany

fabbriche-di-careggine

In the province of Lucca, submerged under water, is the medieval village of Fabbriche di Careggine, dating from the 13th century. In 1941, under fascism, a dam was built, and the medieval village was gradually submerged. Until the twentieth century, for the maintenance of the dam, the lake was emptied thus making the medieval village come again to light, with its stone houses, the cemetery, the church, and the bridge with three arches. This event occurred in 1994 for the last time.

Isola Santa – the fairytale hamlet by the lake

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In the Garfagnana area of Tuscany, in the province of Lucca, is a lesser known but very special place to visit. It’s the tiny hamlet of Isola Santa, built by a fairytale lake with its singular buildings with roofs made with stone slabs. A fascinating place with emerald waters set in a beautiful wooded setting.

San Gimignano – medieval village with unique towers

San Gimignano, medieval village with towers in Tuscany

The ancient medieval village of San Gimignano, lying in the province of Siena amid an idyllic countryside, is made unique and incredibly intriguing by its many towers dating from the Middle Ages. We count about 14 towers today, but they were over 70 in the past!

Pitigliano – the city up in the air

pitigliano-in-tuscany

This is a fantastic example of an ancient city that seem to stay up in the air! We are in southern Tuscany. Rocks and houses are the same thing, as the village spectacularly comes out from an outcrop of tufa. In Pitigliano there’s a city within another; all along its perimeter you can see many holes…the tufa stone has been digged across the centuries thus creating wells, dark tunnels, Etruscan tombs.

Civita di Bagnoregio – the city doomed to fall down

Most beautiful towns in Italy

In the Lazio region, on the border with Tuscany, is another splendid example of a town literally suspended in the air. Civita di Bagnoregio raises on an isolated cliff of tufa stone and is tragically doomed to fall down as years pass by. Similar examples are the suggestive villages of Calcata and Vitorchiano, still in Lazio.

Alberobello – city of the trulli

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In Puglia, to the south of Italy, is a very peculiar and spectacular village whose strange houses are known by the name of “trulli”, pyramid-shaped buildings in stone, unique in the world! They are circular and the roof is a sort of dome embellished with decorations. Today you may even decide to rent these incredible historic homes to pass your holiday in Italy, they are really beautiful!

Matera – the city of ancient stones

Matera, Italy

We are in Basilicata, southern Italy. Matera, known as La Città dei Sassi” – the city of stones, is one of the most ancient, impressive, and beautiful sights in Italy if not the world! All the town gives evidence of human settlements from the Paleolithic to the present day. Its famous stones were actually very ancient houses built into the rocks. The place is breathtaking!

Erice – mythological city

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Rising on the summit of an isolated mountain in Sicily, Erice is one of the most beautiful and peculiar places I’ve ever visited. Encircled by ancient massive walls dating from the 7th century BC, the village enjoys a spectacular panoramic position that, on clear days, will reach up to the Etna. The place is very characteristic showing signs from different ages; it’s full of churches, medieval streets, and a beautiful fortress facing a unique natural landscape. If you happen to come here, don’t miss the fantastic cannoli siciliani at the gorgeous pastry shop of Maria Grammatico.

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Hi! My name is Elena, I'm a travel writer and a happy mom living near Florence. I love to explore Tuscany to discover special places and I have a great passion for Tuscan Cooking. On this blog I share my experiences on special hotels and places to visit in Tuscany and Italy, and about my grandmother's tasty Recipes! I'm happy to help travelers plan their holiday in Tuscany :-)

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4 Comments on “Most Picturesque Places in Italy

  • Hi Elena

    My partner and I would like to visit Tuscany however, we are looking for both beach and scenic inspirations! which I assume is possible. Where would you recommend to stay for both of these purposes please?

    Many thanks

    Lizette

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    • elena nacci Post author

      Hi Lizette,
      beach and scenic inspirations? Definitely head to the south of Tuscany, the scenic Monte Argentario area is the perfect place to stay!
      Beautiful sea, panoramic views and many stunning hill towns to visit in the surroundings, from Capalbio and Magliano in Toscana to the amazing Pitigliano!

      Feel free to contact me again,
      elena

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  • Hi Elena
    My wife and I will be in Florence on Oct 30 through Nov 2
    On Nov 2nd and 3rd we would like to rent a car in Florence and drive through Tuscany and then get to Venice somehow at the of the 3rd or morning of the 4th

    Would appreciate any help with the itinerary

    Al

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    • elena nacci Post author

      Hello Alan,
      So you have 2 full days to tour Tuscany on your car. I would certainly visit the Chianti area and San Gimignano on your first day; natural landscape together with medieval towers will enchant you. You can spend the night in Chianti.
      Then a visit to Monteriggioni and Siena the second day. You could spend the night in the countryside around Siena and explore the wonderful Val d’Orcia area on the 3rd day.

      I suggest you come back to Florence and return the car there, and from there take a fast train to Venice.

      Feel free to ask any other question,
      Have a nice stay!
      elena

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