Hilltop villages

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Castelmezzano (159)

Castelmezzano (159)

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

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Positano - Amalfi (1)

Positano - Amalfi (1)

Amalfi Coast

40° 38′ 4″ N, 14° 36′ 11″ E

The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), on the south of Naples, extends from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east.

Arsoli (1)

Arsoli (1)

Arsoli

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 (1)

Bagnoregio (1)

Bagnoregio

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

Brienza (1)

Brienza (1)

Brienza

40° 28′ 51″ N, 15° 37′ 34″ E

Brienza, is a town in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.

Bundi (1)

Bundi (1)

Bundi

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 (1)

Calcata (1)

Calcata

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 (1)

Caprarola (1)

Caprarola

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 (2)

Castelmezzano (2)

Castelmezzano

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 (1)

Cervara di Roma (1)

Cervara di Roma

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 (1)

Craco (1)

Craco

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 (1)

Farnese (1)

Farnese

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…

Ferrandina (1)

Ferrandina (1)

Ferrandina

40° 29′ 34″ N, 16° 27′ 19″ E

Ferrandina is a town in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata, famous for producing the highest level of quality Olive Oil.

Ios (01)

Ios (01)

Ios

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…

Labro (1)

Labro (1)

Labro

42° 31′ 33″ N, 12° 47′ 60″ E

Labro, a municipality in the Italian region Latium, is located about 70 km north-east of Rome and about 15 km north-west of Rieti.

Licenza (1)

Licenza (1)

Licenza

42° 4′ 27″ N, 12° 54′ 5″ E

Licenza is a village located about 40 km north-east of Rome.

Matera (01)

Matera (01)

Matera

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 (1)

Meteora (1)

Meteora

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 (1)

Monte Sant’Angelo (1)

Monte Sant’Angelo

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 (1)

Morano Calabro (1)

Morano Calabro

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…

Olevano Romano (1)

Olevano Romano (1)

Olevano Romano

41° 51′ 36″ N, 13° 1′ 50″ E

Olevano Romano is a municipality located about 45 km east of Rome. It is the birthplace of the composer Giovanni Gentile.

Oria (1)

Oria (1)

Oria

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 (5)

Ostuni (5)

Ostuni

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 (1) Chora

Patmos (1)

Chora

Patmos

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…

Patrica (1)

Patrica (1)

Patrica

41° 35′ 29″ N, 13° 14′ 35″ E

Patrica is a village in the Italian region Lazio, located about 70 km south-east of Rome and about 10 km south-west of Frosinone. It is part of Ciociaria, not far from the Monti Lepini.

Pentidattilo (1)

Pentidattilo (1)

Pentidattilo

37° 57′ 15″ N, 15° 45′ 40″ E

Pentidattilo is an abandoned village in the Italian Calabria region.

Pietrapertosa (1)

Pietrapertosa (1)

Pietrapertosa

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.

Pisticci (1)

Pisticci (1)

Pisticci

40° 23′ 24″ N, 16° 33′ 6″ E

Pisticci is a town in the province of Matera known for its Rioni.

Pitigliano (1)

Pitigliano (1)

Pitigliano

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…

Polino (1)

Polino (1)

Polino

42° 35′ 5″ N, 12° 50′ 34″ E

Polino, a village in the Italian region Umbria, is located about 70 km south-east of Perugia and about 15 km east of Terni.

Rivello (003)

Rivello (003)

Rivello

40° 4′ 30″ N, 15° 44′ 53″ E

Rivello is a town in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.

Rocca Imperiale (2)

Rocca Imperiale (2)

Rocca Imperiale

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 (1)

Rocchette (1)

Rocchette

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 (1)

Romagnano al Monte (1)

Romagnano al Monte

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.

San Vito Romano (1)

San Vito Romano (1)

San Vito Romano

41° 52′ 59″ N, 12° 59′ 1″ E

San Vito Romano, a municipality in the Italian region Latium, is located about 40 km east of Rome.

Santorini (04) Fira

Santorini (04)

Fira

Santorini

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 (1)

Sant’Agata de’ Goti (1)

Sant’Agata de’ Goti

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…

Scanno (1)

Scanno (1)

Scanno

41° 54′ 12″ N, 13° 52′ 49″ E

Scanno is a town with alleys and narrow streets in the province of L’Aquila, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy.

Sorano (1)

Sorano (1)

Sorano

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…

Toffia (1)

Toffia (1)

Toffia

42° 12′ 44″ N, 12° 45′ 5″ E

Toffia is a village in the Province of Rieti in the Italian region Lazio, located about 40 km north-east of Rome and about 25 km south-west of Rieti.

Tolfa (1)

Tolfa (1)

Tolfa

42° 9′ 11″ N, 11° 56′ 19″ E

Tolfa is a town of the Province of Rome. It is the main centre in the Tolfa Mountains, an extinct volcanic group between Civitavecchia and the Lake of Bracciano.

Vallo di Nera (1)

Vallo di Nera (1)

Vallo di Nera

42° 45′ 17″ N, 12° 51′ 49″ E

Vallo di Nera is a village in the region Umbria, located about 60 km south-east of Perugia.

Vico del Gargano (1)

Vico del Gargano (1)

Vico del Gargano

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…

Vitorchiano (2)

Vitorchiano (2)

Vitorchiano

42° 28′ 12″ N, 12° 10′ 28″ E

Vitorchiano is a village in the Latium, located about 70 km north-west of Rome and about 7 km north-east of Viterbo.

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