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The television programme "Il Borgo dei Borghi", now in its eighth edition, officially starts again this year. An exciting challenge involving 20 of Italy's most beautiful villages, hosted by the talented Camila Raznovich.
Italian villages encapsulate culture, gastronomy and age-old traditions that allow tourists to get to know the true essence of that place.
It is precisely for this reason that the programme "Borgo dei Borghi 2021" wants to share with Italians the various villages in our country, to make them known and appreciated even by those who have not yet had the opportunity to visit them.
The aim of the programme is to allow viewers to discover new places in Italy, which have become real tourist destinations, and everyone will be able to vote for their favourite village among those in the challenge.
How to vote
It is possible to reveal one's preference from the 7th of March at 17:00 until the 21st of March at 23:59 in a simple way. It is necessary to vote on the Rai website dedicated to the above-mentioned competition. If the user who wishes to vote is not yet registered, he/she must first create a new account on RaiPlay by entering his/her e-mail, password and username and then proceed to vote for his/her favourite village. It is important to know that the rules of the competition specify that only one preference can be chosen per day by voting. Therefore, each user has the opportunity to support his or her favourite village 15 times during the event.
The evening in which the Borgo dei Borghi 2021 will be elected will be held on Sunday 4 April in prime time, on channel Rai3.
To find out more about the competing villages and their history, the website dedicated to the competition has a section in which each village is shown a short video that briefly explains the village and mentions some historical facts. Images of the village are also shown, so that even if you are not familiar with the place, you can get a clear idea of it.
The winning village will be the one with the highest percentage of votes on the web and from the jury of three experts.
All that remains is to wait for the evening when the Borgo dei Borghi 2021 will be elected. In the meantime, while waiting for 4 April to arrive soon, you can vote for the village of your heart that you would like to see win.
Here are the competing villages:
- Albori (Campania - Salerno)
Village located on the splendid Amalfi Coast.
- Baunei (Sardinia - Nuoro)
One of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole region, where mountains and sea mix.
- Borgo Valsugana (Trentino-Alto Adige - Trento)
Medieval village on the banks of the river Brenta.
- Buonconvento (Tuscany – Siena)
One of the villages in Tuscany that has remained intact over time, you need only turn a corner in the historic centre to find yourself with your mind turned back to the past.
- Campli (Abruzzo – Teramo)
As well as having hundreds of years of history behind it, Campli is also a village linked to religious and spiritual stories handed down from generation to generation.
- Cocconato (Piedmont-Asti)
Thanks to its location, this village enjoys a mild climate, ideal for enjoying the surrounding landscape.
- Corciano (Umbria – Perugia)
The numerous concentric stone alleyways leading up to the municipal tower in the middle of the village make the village unique.
- Finalborgo (Liguria – Savona)
The historic centre enclosed by medieval walls and overlooking the sea makes it a very charming village.
- Geraci Siculo (Sicily – Palermo)
This village is completely surrounded by nature and has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
- Grottammare (Marche – Ascoli Piceno)
The medieval village dominates the maritime town from the top of the hill, in fact among the narrow streets of the centre you can admire a truly wonderful landscape.
- Issime (Aosta Valley - Aosta)
Crossed by the river of the Lys Valley, this village offers tourists a holiday in contact with nature.
- Malcesine (Veneto - Verona)
On the shore of Lake Garda, Malcesine offers suggestive views to visitors, especially on the village's cable car.
- Pico (Lazio - Frosinone)
Among stairways and narrow streets, in Pico you can breathe clean air thanks to the proximity of the Monti Aurunci Natural Park.
- Pietramontecorvino (Apulia – Foggia)
In addition to the still intact landscape, the village is characterised by its typical cave-shaped houses.
- Poffabro (Friuli-Venezia Giulia - Pordenone)
The tranquillity of this place is especially noticeable from the structure of the houses, which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Pomponesco (Lombardy - Mantua)
The history of Pomponesco can still be felt today thanks to the small port located on the bank of the river Po.
- San Giovanni In Marignano (Emilia-Romagna - Rimini)
The strategic position and the very fertile land have made the village a unique place in the whole region.
- Trivento (Molise – Campobasso)
The most famous feature of the village is the 365-step stone staircase and the world's longest crocheted carpet that covers it every year.
- Tropea (Calabria – Vibo Valentia)
A village made of rock overlooking the sea that attracts thousands of tourists every year, especially in summer.
- Valsinni (Basilicata – Matera)
The Aragonese village has many legends, fanciful stories and myths to discover.