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 #78    2016 April 15Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   The tuffaceous hill upon which Civita stands is undermined by the continuous erosion caused by two streams flowing in the valleys below and by the action of rain and wind: thus it is crumbling away, slowly but inexorably. The village, in which only a f...

  WTI Magazine #63    2015 June, 27Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   The Fagagna village is actually made up of seven ancient and separate suburbs that construction development put together in a single urban centre over the last decades, extending spaces of the countryside to new buildings. Like other areas in the north...

  WTI Magazine #73    2015 November 27Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   Hanging between the peaks of Gran Sasso and Tirino Valley, a miracle of stone takes its form right before our eyes: it is Castel del Monte, represented by a big bell tower. Here, the time of memory is sweeter then elsewhere and it materializes itsel...

  WTI Magazine #80    2016 June 17Author : I borghi più belli d'Italia      Translation by:   Perched on a wall of peaks and pinnacles amid a fantastic rocky landscape, Castelmezzano has preserved its original medieval conformation. It is in fact a cluster of concentric houses set in a terraced rocky hollow, with roofs tiled with sheets of sands...

  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...