7 Absolutely charming Alpine villages in Italy


Italy is famous for its dramatic landscapes. In this unique country you may find palm trees and snowy mountains right in one village. As well as Mediterranean, the Alpine region offers absolutely charming atmosphere!

1. Arco
Just take a look at these magnificent views from Lago di Garda to Alpes! You will see Arco Castle, which is located on one of the perpenicular limestone cliffs. This place is a real inspiration for artists: it is even depicted on watercolors of Albrecht Durer.

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2. Canale di Tenno
This medieval village was almost uninhabited after the First World War. But the artist Giacomo Vittone adored this place. He lived, created his artworks here and helped to revive this place.

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3. Fiera di Primiero
It used to be the smallest municipality in Italy. In 2016 it was merged with some neighboring villages and became Primiero San Martino Di Castrozza. Now Fiera has only 500 inhabitants.

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4. Vigo di Fassa
This village used to be the capital of Val di Fassa — one of the several Dolomite valleys. This is the only place where you can hear the rare Romance language.

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5. Terlano
In this village famous red and white wines are produced. It is a popular stop on Strada del Vino (Wine Road) in the Alto Adige. Also this place is famous for asparagus and apple crops.

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6. Glorenza
One of the most beautiful villages in Italy! Here you will find a unique mix of Renaissance, Tyrolean and Gothic architecture. One of the reason for crowds of tourists here are amazingly beautiful buildings.

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7. Sterzing
Sterzing (Vipiteno) is the northernmost town of Italy. Until the end of WWI it belonged to Austria. Even now most of the locals speak German, not Italian language. Anyway, this place is fascinating!

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