Hilltop villages

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The most beautiful hilltop villages and mountainside villages around the world.

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Arsoli

Arsoli (1)
Arsoli (1)
42° 2′ 28″ N, 13° 1′ 11″ E

Arsoli, in the province of Rome, dates back to the 11th century and has nice narrow ancient streets, a medieval centre still preserved, as well as a castle, once a possession of the Benedictine Order. The castle is built at the end of a spur,…

Bagnoregio

Bagnoregio (1)
Bagnoregio (1)
42° 37′ 38″ N, 12° 6′ 43″ E

Bagnoregio is located about 90 km north-west of Rome and about 28 km north of Viterbo. Anciently it was called Novempagi and Balneum Regium, whence the medieval name of Bagnorea. During the barbarian invasions of Italy, between the 6th and 9th

Bundi

Bundi (1)
Bundi (1)
25° 26′ 57″ N, 75° 38′ 17″ E

Bundi, is a city in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state in north-west India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and step well reservoirs known as baoris. The town is situated 35 km from Kota and 210 km from…

Calcata

Calcata (1)
Calcata (1)
42° 12′ 59″ N, 12° 25′ 9″ E

Calcata, in the Province of Viterbo, is located 50 km north of Rome over the valley of the Treja River. In the 1930s, the fortified centre was condemned by the government who feared that the volcanic cliffs would collapse. In the 1960s, the…

Caprarola

Caprarola (1)
Caprarola (1)
42° 19′ 42″ N, 12° 14′ 14″ E

The Palazzo Farnese located in the medieval village of Caprarola was designed by Vignola and built between 1559 and 1575. It takes its pentagonal shape from the foundations of a fortress designed by Antonio da Sangollo. The frescoes are from the…

Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano (2)
Castelmezzano (2)
40° 31′ 49″ N, 16° 2′ 48″ E

Castelmezzano origins’ are dated to the 7th century BC. In the 19th century, it was an ideal refuge for many bandits due to its own territorial placement consisting of natural hiding places among the rocks and lush vegetation.

Cervara di Roma

Cervara di Roma (1)
Cervara di Roma (1)
41° 59′ 19″ N, 13° 4′ 0″ E

Cervara di Roma, located about 50 km east of Rome, was founded by Benedictine Monks in the 8th or 9th century. The historic centre of Cervara, this small picturesque hill town which faces the Simbruini Mountains, can only be reached by foot after…

Craco

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Craco (1)
40° 22′ 41″ N, 16° 26′ 25″ E

Craco, an abandoned Italian village located in the region of Basilicata and the province of Matera, was called the area “Grachium” which means “from the little ploughed field”. Tombs were found suggesting the settlement dates back to the 8th

Farnese

Farnese (1)
Farnese (1)
42° 32′ 54″ N, 11° 43′ 25″ E

Farnese in the Province of Viterbo is located about 100 km north-west of Rome and about 35 km north-west of Viterbo and is the origin of the influential Farnese family in Renaissance Italy. Its most important members include Pope Paul III and the…

Ios

Ios (01)
Ios (01)
36° 43′ 21″ N, 25° 16′ 51″ E

Ios (Ίος) is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini. The Port of Ios (Gialos) is at the head of the Ormos harbour in the north-west. The village, known as Chora, is a white and very…

Matera

Matera (01)
Matera (01)
40° 39′ 48″ N, 16° 36′ 37″ E

Matera, a town in the region of Basilicata, is perched on the edge of a small canyon eroded by the Gravina. The lower Sassi (caves) district is divided into the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso.

Meteora

Meteora (1)
Meteora (1)
39° 43′ 16″ N, 21° 38′ 3″ E

The Metéora (Μετέωρα), lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above”, is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The monasteries are built on…

Monte Sant’Angelo

Monte Sant’Angelo (1)
Monte Sant’Angelo (1)
41° 42′ 21″ N, 15° 57′ 19″ E

Monte Sant’Angelo is a town in Puglia, about 15 km north of Manfredonia, on the southern slopes of Monte Gargano. Between 1081 and 1103, Monte Sant’Angelo was the capital of a large Norman dominion under the control of Count Henry, who was a…

Morano Calabro

Morano Calabro (1)
Morano Calabro (1)
39° 50′ 20″ N, 16° 8′ 20″ E

Morano Calabro is a town in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It inspired one of Escher’s obsessive, dreamlike architectural woodcut compositions. The old quarter is perched high up around the remains of the…

Oria

Oria (1)
Oria (1)
40° 29′ 53″ N, 17° 38′ 30″ E

Oria, a town in the Apulia region, was founded by the Messapians sometime after the abortive siege of the Sicanian city Camicus. Between 217 and 84 BC the city was minting its own coins. The coins often feature Iapagus, the Iapygian national hero.

Ostuni

Ostuni (5)
Ostuni (5)
40° 44′ 3″ N, 17° 34′ 42″ E

Ostuni, with its citadel build on the top of a hill, is still fortified with the ancient walls. It is reputed as an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to “The White Town” (“La Città Bianca”, in Italian) for its white walls and its…

Patmos

Patmos (1) Chora
Patmos (1)Chora
37° 18′ 33″ N, 26° 32′ 45″ E

Patmos (Πάτμος) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. The highest point is Profitis Ilias, 269 m above sea level. Patmos’ main communities are Chora (the capital city), and Skala (the…

Pietrapertosa

Pietrapertosa (1)
Pietrapertosa (1)
40° 31′ 5″ N, 16° 3′ 49″ E

Pietrapertosa is a town in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. Pietrapertosa is inside the Park of Gallipoli Cognato and Dolomites of Lucania, characterised by the fantastic shapes of sandstone.

Pitigliano

Pitigliano (1)
Pitigliano (1)
42° 38′ 4″ N, 11° 40′ 4″ E

Pitigliano is a town located about 80 km south-east of Grosseto. The quaint old town is known as the little Jerusalem, for the historical presence of a Jewish community has always been well integrated into the social context that here had their…

Rocca Imperiale

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Rocca Imperiale (2)
40° 6′ 34″ N, 16° 34′ 47″ E

Rocca Imperiale is a village situated on a rise about 200 m above sea level in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is dominated by a Castle, constituted from rests of a huge complex fortress built by Frederick II…

Rocchette

Rocchette (1)
Rocchette (1)
42° 22′ 28″ N, 12° 37′ 31″ E

Rocchette is a village located in the heart of Sabina in the Lazio. A few kilometres from the border with Umbria, the twin strongholds of Rocchette and Rocchettine are overlooking the gorge of the Laia River. The environment around the…

Romagnano al Monte

Romagnano al Monte (1)
Romagnano al Monte (1)
40° 37′ 42″ N, 15° 27′ 28″ E

Romagnano al Monte is a village at the borders of Campania with Basilicata. It was destroyed in the Irpinia earthquake of 1980 and rebuilt a few kilometres away. The ghost town, at the beginning of 21st century, became a tourist attraction.

Santorini

Santorini (04) Fira
Santorini (04)Fira
36° 25′ 9″ N, 25° 25′ 50″ E

Santorini (Σαντορίνη), classically Thera, and officially Thira, is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous…

Sant’Agata de’ Goti

Sant’Agata de’ Goti (1)
Sant’Agata de’ Goti (1)
41° 5′ 21″ N, 14° 30′ 10″ E

Sant’Agata dei Goti in the Province of Benevento in the Italian region Campania, is located about 35 km north-east of Naples near the Monte Taburno. The name does not derive from the Gothic domination of Italy (5th-6th centuries), but from the…

Sorano

Sorano (1)
Sorano (1)
42° 40′ 54″ N, 11° 42′ 50″ E

Sorano is a town in the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany. It has an ancient medieval hill town hanging from a tuff stone over the Lente River. Sorano was probably inhabited by Villanovan culture, but the first historical mentions are…

Vico del Gargano

Vico del Gargano (1)
Vico del Gargano (1)
41° 53′ 47″ N, 15° 57′ 18″ E

Vico del Gargano is a village in the region Puglia and is part of the Parco Nazionale del Gargano. Vico del Gargano is also famous for the number of churches and chapels. There are about thirteen of them in total. Many are very simple in design…

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