I Borghi più Belli d’Italia
The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy
Sweet atmospheres of Italy: the Club of the Country’s finest villages.
In the tourist imagination Italy is, throughout the world, considered the place of refined culture. Its ancient stones, the beauty of the landscape, its artistic treasures are the true wealth of the nation. These deposits of culture are often to be found in small little-known municipalities, or Communes, untouched by the building decay of historical centres and the reduction in activities and services.
To preserve the identity of these communes, to make their wealth and beauty stand out and offer them to the more aware visitor, the Association grouping Italian Communes (Anci) has created the Club of “Italy’s Finest Villages”.
This is a prestigious assembly bringing together the best of that smaller Italy which is, thanks to it’s niche products such as wine, oil and handicrafts, at the heart of the national diet and creativity.
The Finest Villages initiative, as well as being a sort of census of the country’s residual beauty, serves to link the experience of small communities whit the more evolved tourist practices and whit what has become known as “proximity tourism”, with its awareness for local culture.
By stressing its quality, the club’s seal gives a village a huge contribution to its fame. The quality seal villages, linked to each other online, are destined to become part of Italy’s main tourist destinations.
As open air museums in one of the worlds most beautiful Countries, the distinctive trait of the “Finest Villages” is naturally beauty, as Stendhal saw it, as “a promise of happiness”, the atmosphere emanating from landscape marked by the sedimentation of time.
Villages drenched in atmosphere: open air museums with rhythms far removed from those of the ringroads and suburbia. Places where to capture the true sense of the flowing of the seasons and the right relationship between man and nature.
As far as all other aspects are concerned, all classes are included: from fortresses to medieval shelters, from fishing villages to mountain ones, from castle or manor villages to architectural nuclei of spontaneous constructions.