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Hi Purva, There are some most scenic villages of Italy worth adding to your bucket list. They include charming towns and rural villages with possibly the most magical backdrops you'll ever witness and photograph on your travels. Italy has no shortage of picture postcard spots, but we've narrowed these down to idyllic villages and communes that truly stand out. Manarola Colourful fishing village on a rocky cliff Manarola is among the oldest and most popular towns in the Ligurian Cinque Terre coastal region. Its stacks and blocks of 12th-century houses in different pastel colours look over the tiny bay from the top of the rocky cliff. You can walk down to the bay to enjoy the closer view, and even enjoy a host of recreational activities such as boating or swimming in the beautiful blue waters. Follow the footpath along the adjacent cliff west from the bay and you’ll find the best viewpoint overlooking the whole town – magical both by day and night. Location: Riomaggiore, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy Portofino The port of dolphins This fishing village dates to Ancient Roman times and its name means the “Port of Dolphins” thanks to the many sea mammals that visit the bay. Nowadays, its bay area is dotted with rows of fishing boats and regal superyachts gently bobbing over the calm waves, but it remains a scenic and quiet place to be. Overlooking the small bay is a quaint cobbled square lined with small cafés and restaurants, and the Chiesa di San Martino is high up on the green hillside, with its campanile towering over the port. Location: Genoa, Italy Matera City of stone In the Basilicata, one of Italy’s driest regions, Matera stands out as a medieval “stone city” – aptly nicknamed “Sassi” (‘stones’ in Italian). It’s picturesque from afar, with a series of stone buildings carved out of the rocky mountain. From up close, as you walk along the stone paths and stairways that connect one level to another, you may come across stone towers – they’re actually chimneys of houses that are underneath your feet! While beautiful, this is a barren city. Living conditions were poor and it was finally evacuated in 1952. Location: Basilicata, Italy Castelmezzano Beautiful village carved into the mountain Castelmezzano is one of Italy’s most unique ancient villages, with most of its building and interconnecting pathways fused into the mountain’s contours and rocky terrain. The village is in the region of Basilicata, around a 2-hour drive east from Naples, among the jagged peaks of the Lucanian Dolomites. The rocky features make up its scenic backdrop, best viewed on your drives towards the rural area. After exploring the small town, consider enjoying the view from up high on the Angel Flight – an exhilarating zipline ride over the rugged valley, between Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa. Positano One of the jewels of the Amalfi Coast As one of the most dramatic communes along the Amalfi Coast, Positano is worth the combined train and bus trip from Naples. Admire the breathtaking sight of the village’s colourful houses perched over the cliffs. Down below, you’ll find a pebbly coast with steep and narrow paths, where you can choose a spot at any of the cafés for a drink with the view. Positano inspired and won the hearts of many, including top celebrities, such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Location: Salerno, Amalfi Coast, Italy Positano One of the jewels of the Amalfi Coast As one of the most dramatic communes along the Amalfi Coast, Positano is worth the combined train and bus trip from Naples. Admire the breathtaking sight of the village’s colourful houses perched over the cliffs. Down below, you’ll find a pebbly coast with steep and narrow paths, where you can choose a spot at any of the cafés for a drink with the view. Positano inspired and won the hearts of many, including top celebrities, such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Location: Salerno, Amalfi Coast, Italy I have also attached an article written by a traveler on Tripoto. Please see below. Thanks!
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