Welcome To Abbateggio – One Of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages!
Which village is the most beautiful in Italy?
Well, by official count, it’s a 334-way tie for first!
This photo of the village of Petrapertosa is a great example – I love this story because it highlights incredible villages like this!
This is a photo of Boccada credited to Photographer Robe Roellaan – stunning!
This story came from an article on The Washington Post’s website.
Reporter Chico Harlan filed this story, which is a terrific deep dive into efforts to save Italy’s villages, thanks to an organization formed to shine a spotlight on these incredible villages…as he reports:
“The villages range from the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy to the back roads of Sicily in the Mediterranean, each with the same designation: Most Beautiful. They have been so named by Italy’s Borghi Più Belli (Most Beautiful Villages) association, a group that began 20 years ago with the goal of preserving and promoting its endangered hamlets.”
So what does it mean to be “Most Beautiful”? The Borghi Piu Belli association has a technical answer. A town is eligible only if at least 70 percent of the buildings in its historic center predate 1939. There must be a “harmony” of roof materials and decorative elements. There are 72 parameters in total, dealing with aspects of community and history, and a scientific technical committee that assesses bids.
This is the gorgeous Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily…the town isn’t on the list because too much of it is modern, but this ancient theater certainly fits the bill!
Click here for a tour!
The Washington Post story goes on to report how more modern towns can get on this list:
“In some instances, towns may gain Most Beautiful status provisionally, with the requirement that they make certain changes — such as making their historic centers off-limits to cars, for instance. They’re booted if they don’t follow through. As part of the final assessment of a town’s application, an expert from the association makes a site visit.”
My wife Alex and I have been to Italy several times, and actually got to explore a few of the small villages there, like one outside of Taormina Sicily.
Sicily is filled with amazing sights to tour, like the original locations used for “The Godfather!”
One of the locations was up a steep road, so we took a small motorized cart and what a ride!
Check it out:
There were so many other cool locations, including us sitting in the exact same spot as Al Pacino!
This is a quaint little village high up in the hills above the Ionian Sea – an escape into the past:
See our tour of these “Godfather” film locations by clicking here:
Also, check out this shot we took from the greek theater in Taormina – see what’s right behind Alex?
Yes, that’s Mt. Etna!
It’s the most active volcano in Europe!
As some of you may remember, Alex and I got to hike to the top!
Check out this clip:
If you want to see what it takes to climb an active volcano, just click on my story here for more!
While we were near the top of Sicily, we also walked along the shoreline, where we discovered a “part time” island!
You see, it’s an island when the tide is high, but not when it’s low!
Clcik here to find out more about the magical “Isola Bella!”
By the way, Sicily is the largest island in Italy… and Sardinia is the second-largest – and we went there too!
Our hotel was unique – because it was also the set of a James Bond film!
Click here to see which one!
The food of Italy is incredible, so I had to try and make some back at home after our trip!
This “Cassatedde” went well with lava wine – click for the recipe!
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