We have chosen for you 10 villages, ten places rich in things to discover, an ideal accommodation, a typical dish to taste, an event to which participate. Here they are our precious selections of Italian excellences:
Less than an hour from Venice, you have the possibility to immerse yourself in a magical green shrine, where the natural wealth and that of its historic architecture will bewitch you. The San Floriano Park, the Gorgazzo sources, the alleys of the town and its surroundings. What then of staying in a magnificent house of nineteenth century in typical Venetian style? Casa in Borgo, with its magical riverside terrace awaits to give you an exclusive stay, a true haven of peace for lovers of tranquillity and elegance. While walking to the village also visit the Culinary Art Museum, dedicated to the cuisine of Alto Livenza: they leave with mouth-watering, craving to enjoy fantastic typical dishes, such as the traditional Frico friulano.
In the magic land of Montefeltro, Frontino quickly strikes for its shape: a village along narrow and located on the ridge of a hill which dominates the Adriatic sea. About an hour and twenty from Rimini and Pesaro, Frontino will amaze you with its small streets and the generosity its territory; hills suspended between Marche and Tuscany, on which arrives the scent of the sea. Only ten minutes from the village you can embrace the Montefeltro in all its wonder at the Locanda Le Querce Country House, incomparable for its beauty and its hospitality. Relaxation and good living will be insured, between biological products, local delicacies, excursions and laboratories to you for you with the tradition and nature. Also art is at home in Frontino, then the choice is yours: from the monumental Montefiorentino's Convent, one of the most great of the whole Marche Region, to the Franco Assetto Museum, considered the precursor of Italian Pop Art.
The enchantment that Borghetto leaves in the heart of everyone who have visited it has no need for presentations. Less than an hour from Brescia, Verona and Mantua, if this village is your easter destination we recommend you to schedule it quickly, because Borghetto is always a very craved destination. For your stay let yourself be seduced by the Maison Resola in Valeggio and from its magnificent rooms in venetian style. In a suite of the house there's even a small private spa. In Borghetto is absolutely required a selfie on the bridge that crosses the turbulent waters of Mincio river or, for the most bucolic ones, from Ponte Visconteo bridge. Do not forget to taste a good dish of tortellini!
Who'll have time and manner to reach Sicily and see the spring explosion in this fantastic land will truly withstand the envy of all. Landing at Catania, in an hour and a half you will find yourself in one of the most fascinating Sicilian villages, rich in history, wonders and authentic flavors, that will make you want not to come home anymore. A novel of Montalbano police chief in the bag and then get lost in the alleys of the village, between the ruins of the Akrai Greek Theatre or in the details of baroque facades of its churches. Your weekend in the sicilian land then will be bautifully crowned by staying at Borgo del Carato, a farm house with swimming pool about twenty minutes from the historic center.
If it's Northern Italy you want, at the foot of Alpe di Siusi the magnificent Kastelruth will seduece you with its alpine charm. Only 40 minutes from Bolzano, between regenerants outdoor activities and mountain flavors, staying in the historic Zum Turm Hotel and its magical atmosphere will be a daydream. On Easter Sunday do not miss the traditional concert by Kastelruth Music Band, with final bicchierata in the village sqaure.
The Langhe have always been a loved territory for the excellence of its wines and its gastronomic traditions. The village of Neive represents, just as grapes in purity, the whole remote and at the same time resilient spirit of these lands. About an hour driving from Turin and almost two from Milan, here the wines are the masters. You can enjoy a well deserved rest, between design and antique objects at the Langhe Country House, formed inside a dwelling of half eighteenth century, finely restored. Grappas and spirits of local production and typical Piedmontese cuisine: a passover from gourmet!
Liguria certainly boasts a series of villages and typical features uncommon and spirit of this land dominates uncontested wherever you decide to go by choosing among its many destinations. Only the scent of the loaf or the farinata freshly prepared as basil of a good dish of trenette al pesto deserves a journey to the discovery of Liguria in every season of the year. For our selection, we recommend Camogli (half an hour from Genoa, an hour from La Spezia) with its multicolored buildings overlooking the Gulf of Paradise, the Dragonara Castle and the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. Get lost in the typical casing of the Ligurian villages and feel like the sea penetrates among the carrugi. To relax after your walk and your snacks based on local delicacies, entrust yourselves to the care of the unique Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi, with its swimming pool overlooking the sea and its rooms rich in class and charme. For a delightful excursion to discover the hidden corners, get accompany in boat or addressed to walk the paths that lead up to Abbazia of San Fruttuoso, situated below the promontory of Portofino.
If you want to feel enveloped in the atmospheres of the Apulia Adriatic coast, admire that blue painted blue that saw the birth of the great Modugno and enjoy a pleasantness without time, come and discover the beauty of Polignano and its historical center perched on the last strips of rock overhanging the sea. Less than forty minutes from Bari and an hour from Taranto, Polignano will make you fall in love. And what would be more romantic than sleeping with the sea just outside the sill of the window? B&B Amoredimare, just 3 minutes from the historic center, offers rooms of a villa with garden, from which you can admire all the colors of the sea and of the sky merge as if they were a single thing on the horizon. While strolling among the alleys of the village visit also at the Pino Pascali Museum and the fascinating works of this authoritative exponent of the arte povera. Before leaving then, do not forget to buy a record of Modugno and sing it out loud.
At just 30 minutes from Crotone and an hour from Catanzaro, Santa Severina will bewitched the lovers of villages with its stunning architecture, that from Greek-Roman period, passing through the Byzantines and Normans, has never ceased to be enriched with suggestive details. From Carafa Castle, that from centuries dominates the village from the top, you can admire the enchanting panorama that opens on the territory that surrounds it. About a quarter of an hour from the historic center, the nature and the colors of the countryside will surround you and will make yours a well deserved rest at the Agriturismo Armirò, where you can also enjoy the dishes of the calabria cuisine and familiarize with animals and the countryside life. Going up to the Castle, do not forget to visit also the Contemporary Art Museum.
We close our selection with a land that boasts an unparalleling number of villages, artistic treasures and gastronomic delicacies. We speak of the Tuscan Maremma and for you we chose the charming and tiny village of Montemerano, whose small tale of stone will seduce you. Unique Place and scenographic approximately two hours from Rome and two and a half hours from Florence, Montemerano rediscover ancient traditions and local dishes, such as tripe montemeranese. For a delightful stay in the peaceful Maremma countryside, at the shadow of a secular oak with more of five hundred years, with restaurant and the pool, try the Relais Ciavatta Country Hotel at just two minutes from the historic center.
These our 10 exclusive proposals for your Easter weekend in the villages. We remind you that on the site of Villages magazine you will find all the information and tools you need to get more suggestions from the villages proposed, please contact directly the structures, discover that time lettingà in borgo chosen, which events will animate the villages or make the reservation directly on BOOKING. Take also a look at our article about the religious events in the villages. Everything for an easy planning of your Easter weekend.
Happy Easter from Borghi magazine!
cover image by Paki Cassano