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Apricale is unique. Picturesquely arranged around the small square, it has a stepped appearance, with the old stone buildings rising on several levels: thus it happens that the entrance is at the top floor, and you need to go down the stairs to get to the rest of the house.

Castiglione stands on a rise overlooking the southern shore of the Alcantara river, with houses set on a steep slope; the locations of the civil and religious power are both on the highest point of the hill.

The oldest district of Scilla is Chianalea, which takes its name from “piano della galea” (galley deck), but it is also called Acquagrande or Canalea, because the little houses built directly on the rocks are separated one from the other by small alleys, like channels, which descend directly into the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The name does not derive from the beautiful fragrant flower (lily) but from the Greek word igilio (goat) that in Latin is Gilium. In fact, on this island, as well as on the others of the Tuscany archipelago, many wild goats still exist on Montecristo Island. Giglio Castello, that still preserves the walls that originated its name, was once called “...

San Leone, together with San Marino, came here from the coast of Dalmazia to evangelize this area, the name of the village is a tribute to San Leone. The fortress of San Leo (nearly 600 feet high) overlooks the surrounding valley with the Marecchia river and a landscape of woods, between the rocks and the sea. The village is surrounded by a relaxin...

The name derives from the old latin word Locus Rotundus, rounded place. Already at the beginning of the 13th century, it was placed on a hill peak surrounded by a walled ring, the village assumed the circular shape that gave it its name, which also appeared in various documents in the following centuries.

The toponym should come from, for lexical corruption, the Massa Afraniana, a roman latifundium which belonged to the gens Afrania, an important family that had possessions in the territory.

The actual fortified area of Cordovado, also known as ''The Castle'' (11th century) is the result of centuries of modifications. The modifications involved castle's walls, towers, moats and drawbridges. The medieval village is in the area of The Castle. There are some interesting buildings : beautiful dwellings (Palazzo Ridolfi, Palazzo Bozza Marru...

  WTI Magazine #85    2016 November 21Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   One of the best preserved village of Molise with planning system that still reflects the original one, to make it interesting is the small village of stoves, of course excluding the buildings recently built, anonymous and of poor quality, that exten...

  WTI Magazine #76    2016 February 15Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   As we approach Vernazza from the sea, its small piazza seems to slowly open its arms to greet us. We come ashore, and the small harbor, where the Romans once came to take on board the famous Vernaccia amphorae, seems to close around us, sheltering u...

  WTI Magazine #65    2015 July, 24Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   The beauty of Atrani lies in the choreography of the beach around it and the intricate maze of houses, built practically on top of each other, that make it look like a nativity scene, especially at night with the lights glimmering. In the daytime, the...

The historic core of Norcia is enclosed by 13th-century walls which form a unique heart shape. Along the perimeter the eight ancient village gates can be seen, which have preserved the names and characteristics of the past, together with the medieval towers. Entering from the Roman Gate and walking along the 19th-century Corso Sertorio, the visitor...