Italian Towns and Villages

Italian Towns and Villages

Italian Towns

Cesenatico - Jewell of the Adriatic - Where Italians Holiday

Cesenatico has 5 marvelous km of golden beach, an ancient Harbor designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

It is in close proximity to Ravenna, capital of the Byzantine mosaics, San Marino, the smallest Republic of the world and Cesena, Unesco cultural patrimony. .

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Florence - In the romantic region of Tuscany lies the jewel city of the Renaissance, Florence. Surrounded by the Appenine mountain chain it lies in a fertile valley surrounded by the charming Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.

Florence Art and Culture - Admire Botticelli's Renaissance inspired works including The Birth of Venus' and Primavera' while you're guide provides expert commentary via your personal audio headset. Stroll opulent corridors gazing at art and architecture from the Medieval and Modern ages, then debate and compare the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci with those of Michelangelo. For a wealth of art, history, striking landscapes and outstanding produce, Tuscany really does have the best of all worlds.

Regions, Towns and Villages of Italy

Abruzzo - Regional Capital is L'Aquila - A relatively untouched part of Italy but the "Tuscany Bunch" are starting to find their way there so hurry before it becomes a popular as its northern sister. This part of Italy is fraught with medieval towns and castles.

Towns in Abruzzo:

L'Aquila, Pescara

Basilicata - Regional capital is Potenza - This is a mountainous area of Italy just above the arch of the boot.

Towns in Basilicata:


Calabria - Regional capital is Catanzaro - While Liguria is more famous for its coastline, Calabria has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It also has lovely hotels in the mountains.

Towns in Calabria: Cosenza, Lamezia Terme, Reggio Calabria


Regional Capital is Naples - Home of the pizza, Campania has a long history of conquest, dating back to the third century B.C. It is located on the south-west coastline of Italy.

Towns in Campania: Amalfi, Massa Lubrense, Naples,Positano,Sorrento

Emilia Romagna - Regional Capital is Bologna - This region in the north-central part of Italy was part of the first major culture in Italy, the Etruscan civilization.

Towns in Emilia Romagna:

Bologna, Cesenatico, Rimini

Friuli Venezia Giulia - Regional Capital is Trieste - Because of its location at the extreme north-east of Italy, Friuli Venezui Guilia, much like Switzerland, has a collection of cultures represented and languages spoken.

Towns in Friuli Venezia Giulia:


Lazio = Regional Capital is Rome - This region is dominated by Rome but also features beautiful farmland once you are released from the confines of the eternal city.

Towns in Lazio: Rome

Liguria - Italian Riviera

Regional Capital is - Merely a brush stroke on the north-west corner of Italy, Liguria hosts some of the most beautiful hotels and villages in Italy.

Towns in Liguria:

Genoa, Santa Margherita Ligure

Lombardia - Regional Capital is Milan - This heavily populated and wealthy region of Italy is well known for its high fashion industry and buzzing economy.

Towns in Lombardia: Como, Desenzano del Garda, Milan, Sirmione

Marche - Regional Capital is Ancona - Ignored by most mainstream tourists, Marche has an abundance of beautiful hotel, striking beaches and is one of the art centres of Italy.

Milan - Milano is the country's economic engine room, home to Italy's stock market and business centers. This stylish city is also the world's design capital and rivals Paris as a leading fashion center.

Towns in Marche:


Molise - Regional Capital is Campobasso - With its low population and agrarian lifestyle, Molise allows the visitor to experience an unhurried holiday in Italy.

Piedmonte - Regional Capital is Turin - This north-west region of Italy is a major industrial and agricultural area.

Towns in Piedmonte:

Acqui Terme, Turin

Puglia - Regional Capital is Bari - The heel of Italy's boot, Puglia consists mostly of farmland and has strong ties to ancient Greece.

Towns in Puglia: Alberobello, Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Gallipoli, San Giovanni Rotondo, Taranto>

Sardinia - Sardegna - Regional Capital is Cagliari - Sardinia is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Europeans. It boasts beautiful resorts, enchanting beaches and is the second largest island in the Mediterranean.

Towns in Sardinia: Arbatax, Alghero

Sicilia - Sicily - Regional Capital is Palermo - In spite of Sicily's reputation for being the birthplace of some rather unsavory characters, it is, in truth, a haven for art and poetry.

Towns in Sicily: Palermo, Taormina

Toscana - Tuscany (9) Regional Capital is Florence - Tuscany has received some notable attention in recent years as a Mecca for toruism but it is deservedly one of the best destinations in Europe. The beautiful countryside and charming towns have lost little under the assault of the Izod masses.

Towns in Tuscany: Florence, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena

Trentino Alto Adige - Trentino South Tyrol (4) Regional Capital is Trento - Somewhat more German and Austrian then Italian, this former portion of the Austria-Hungarian Empire is an alpine paradise.

Towns in Trentino Alto Adige: Merano

Umbria (10) Regional Capital is Perugia - Located in the centre of Italy, Unbria consists of rolling hillsides and quaint villages.

Towns in Umbria: Assisi, Baschi, Bettona, Citta di Castello, Corciano, Gubbio, Montefalco, Norcia, Orvieto, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Perugia, Spoleto, Todi

Valle D'Aosta (2) Regional Capital is Aosta - Valle D'Aosta is in the far north-western part of Italy and is notable for its winter sports.

Towns in Valle D'Aosta: Aosta, Saint Vincent

Regional Capital is Venice - Unchallenged as Italy's art and cultural centre, Veneto gathers in more tourists each year than any other part of the country.

Towns in Veneto: Abano Terme, Venice, Verona

Most Popular Destinations in Italy

Tuscany The most visited destination spot in Italy. Here are some of the more travelled areas: Florenc e: Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Perhaps the most wealthy city in Europe during the reign of the powerful Medici family, Florence is home to many well-known works of art.

Chiant i: The classic Italian wine gets its name from this region in Tuscany. Although Chianti is quite good, it has become a victim of its own publicity and now commands a steep price in most places.

Val d'Elsa : Yet another reason to visit Tuscany, this area is known for the production of fine crystal.

Val di Chian a: Again, located in Tuscany, Val di Chiana has one of the best preserved Lombard forts in Italy.

Val d'Orci a: The southern part of Tuscany known for its rolling hills and excellent wines.

Crete Senesi : An agrarian area in Tuscany with lovely lunar landscapes.

Elba : An island off Tuscany made famous as the place where Napoleon was imprisoned. A popular palindrome, "Able was I ere I saw Elba," is attributed to him but this is unlikely. Napoleon hated the English language.

Cecina Valley : A coastal area of Tuscany.

Val di Merse : The area of Tuscany south of Chianti.

Florentine Mountains : Mountains surrounding Florence with surprising pristine hiking areas.

Sicilian Coast and Islands

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has beautiful beaches and a thriving agrarian culture. It is also a centre of art and music.


Everyone has heard of the Venetian canals but Venice was also the launching point for many of the crusades during the middle ages.

Costiera Amalfitana

Located south of Rome, the Amalfi coastline is peppered with beautiful towns and villages.

Italian Riviera

Located in the north of Italy, along the Mediterranean, the Italian Riviera is known for mild weather and covers most of the coastline of Liguria.

Lake Garda

This alpine lake in Northern Italy is a famous tourist destination with resorts and fine hotels dotted along its coastline.

Apulia Coast

Comprising the "heel" of Italy and parts north, the Apulia Coast borders the warm waters of the Adriatic. Civilization here goes back to ancient times.


These mountains in northeast Italy were formed from uplifted seabed and are considered some of the most beautiful in the world.


Located on the eastern part of the Italian Riviera, Portofino is a commune, resort and fishing village.


A volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples, Ischia has sweeping vistas and thermal spas.

Riviera dei Fiori

The westernmost coastline of the Italian Riviera.

Cinque Terre

The easternmost coastline of the Italian Riviera.


Located in the northern part of Trentino Alto Adige, Merano is known for its spa resorts.

Riviera delle Palme

The section of the Italian Riviera between Riviera dei Fiori and < Portofino.


A resort island going back to ancient times, Capri is famous for the Blue Grotto, a spectacular water cave.

Riviera Romagnola

This is the Italian Riviera many Italians prefer to go to on holiday. The towns are family friendly (especially Cesenatico) and the Adriatic is warm.