Castelmezzano (159)

Hilltop villages

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

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Altomonte8 photos

Altomonte (14) Santa Maria della Consolazione
AltomonteCalabria - Italy

Coordinates: 39° 41′ 52″ N, 16° 7′ 38″ E

Altomonte is a municipality in the province of Cosenza, in the region of Calabria. The city was first called Braal, then Bragalla, Bragallum, Antifluvius until 1343 and finally Altomonte by order of Queen Joan II of Naples. Altomonte was first a… [Read more]

Arsoli32 photos

Arsoli (72)
ArsoliLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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,… [Read more]

Bagnoregio75 photos

Bagnoregio (298)
BagnoregioLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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[Read more]

Bundi70 photos

Bundi (291) Taragarh Fort
BundiIndia

Coordinates: 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 Jaipur[Read more]

Calcata106 photos

Calcata (184)
CalcataLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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 emptied… [Read more]

Caprarola43 photos

Caprarola (105)
CaprarolaLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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 … [Read more]

Castelmezzano41 photos

Castelmezzano (159)
CastelmezzanoBasilicata - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Cervara di Roma60 photos

Cervara di Roma (94)
Cervara di RomaLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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 a… [Read more]

Craco234 photos

Craco (534)
CracoBasilicata - Italy

Coordinates: 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[Read more]

Farnese65 photos

Farnese (4)
FarneseLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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 … [Read more]

Ios47 photos

Ios (296) Chora
IosGreece

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

Labro47 photos

Labro (134)
LabroLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Matera357 photos

Matera (52)
MateraBasilicata - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Meteora110 photos

Meteora (1451)
MeteoraGreece

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

Monte Sant’Angelo141 photos

Monte Sant’Angelo (189)
Monte Sant’AngeloApulia - Italy

Coordinates: 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 vassal… [Read more]

Morano Calabro35 photos

Morano Calabro (44)
Morano CalabroCalabria - Italy

Coordinates: 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 imposing … [Read more]

Oria47 photos

Oria (159)
OriaApulia - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Ostuni178 photos

Ostuni (655)
OstuniApulia - Italy

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

Patmos211 photos

Patmos (309) Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
PatmosGreece

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

Patrica46 photos

Patrica (178)
PatricaLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Pietrapertosa28 photos

Pietrapertosa (104)
PietrapertosaBasilicata - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Pitigliano68 photos

Pitigliano (101)
PitiglianoTuscany - Italy

Coordinates: 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 own… [Read more]

Rocca Imperiale104 photos

Rocca Imperiale (270)
Rocca ImperialeCalabria - Italy

Coordinates: 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 of[Read more]

Rocchette38 photos

Rocchette (214)
RocchetteLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

Romagnano al Monte144 photos

Romagnano al Monte (346)
Romagnano al MonteCampania - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Santorini211 photos

Santorini (287) Oia
SantoriniGreece

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

Sorano30 photos

Sorano (22)
SoranoTuscany - Italy

Coordinates: 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 relative… [Read more]

Toffia40 photos

Toffia (264)
ToffiaLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Tolfa31 photos

Tolfa (30)
TolfaLazio - Italy

Coordinates: 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. [Read more]

Vico del Gargano88 photos

Vico del Gargano (338)
Vico del GarganoApulia - Italy

Coordinates: 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… [Read more]

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