The most beautiful villages in Italy
The most beautiful villages in Italy (I Borghi più belli d'Italia), is an Association that notes small Italian towns of strong artistic and historical interest. It was founded in March 2001, upon the instigation of the ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities), with the intent of helping to preserve, maintain and revitalise small nuclei, which are common but sometimes even individual villages, which, being outside the main tourist routes, risk, despite the great value of being forgotten with consequent degradation, depopulation and abandonment.Initially the group included a hundred villages, later increased to 206 (November 2013).
Criteria for inclusion
Admission to the Association requires the meeting of the following requirements:
- integrity of the urban, architectural harmony
- quality of life of the village
- artistic and historical heritage for public construction and private services to citizens.
The association holds within the villages, initiatives within the villages, such as festivals, exhibitions, fetes, conferences and concerts that highlight the artistic and architectural heritage, the traditional cultural, historical, gastronomic, dialect, involving residents in the demonstrations and Local Authorities, municipalities, schools, cultural associations, local poets and musicians.
Region Province Village Photo Emblem Sicilia
Catania Castiglione di Sicilia Enna Sperlinga Messina Brolo Castelmola Montalbano Elicona Novara di Sicilia San Marco d'Alunzio Savoca Palermo Cefalù Gangi Geraci Siculo Sardegna
Carbonia-Iglesias Carloforte Oristano Bosa Sassari Castelsardo
- Bandiera arancione (it. orange Flag)