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Which Towns to Visit?

Pauline Kenny

One way to plan a trip is to find books about Italy and see what historically or artistically significant towns they list. Here are some lists of towns from my reference books.

Cento Citta: A Guide to the "Hundred Cities & Towns" of Italy

Cento Citta: A Guide to the "Hundred Cities & Towns" of Italy, by Paul Hofmann, Henry Holt and Company, 1988.

THE SERENE VENETIAS

Padua

Adria

Chioggia

Trieste

Udine

Cividale del Friuli

Asolo

Bassano del Grappa

Treviso

Vicenza

Cortina d' Ampezzo

Ortisei/St. Ulrich/Urtijei

Bressanone/Brixen

Bolzano/Bozen

Merano/Meran

Trent

Rovereto

Verona

THE DYNAMIC NORTHWEST: Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria

Como

Campione d'Italia

Bergamo

Brescia

Mantua

Cremona

Pavia

Piacenza

Aosta/Aoste

Lerici

Portofino

San Remo

THE HEARTLANDS: Emilia, Romagna, and Tuscany

Parma

Modena

Ferrara

Faenza

Forli

Ravenna

Rimini

Republic of San Marino

Fiesole

Pistoia

Lucca

Pisa

Volterra

Portoferraio

San Gimignano

Pienza

Siena

Montepulciano

Chiusi

Arezzo

Sansepolcro

Cortona

THE HINTERLANDS OF ROME: Umbria, Latium, the Marches, and Abruzzo

Frascati

Palestrina

Anagni

Tivoli

Subiaco

Spoleto

Foligno

Assisi

Perugia

Gubbio

Citta di Castello

Orvieto

Todi

Bracciano

Viterbo

Tarquinia

Porto Santo Stefano

Rieti

L' Aquila

Chieti

Sulmona

Urbino

Ancona

Pesaro

Loreto

Macerata

Ascoli Piceno

Anzio

Terracina

THE MEZZOGIORNO: Southern Italy

Gaeta

Cassino

Caserta

Benevento

Capri

Sorrento

Positano

Amalfi

Ravello

Salerno

Cosenza

Lecce

THE ISLANDS: Sicily and Sardinia

Taormina

Syracuse

Enna

Agrigento

Erice

Monreale

Sassari

120 Historical Towns in Italy: Between History and Poetry

"120 Antichi Borghi D'Italia, Tra Storia e Poesia" by Guido Persichino, Cybele, June 2002

This book has a one page description of 120 towns in Italy - showing photos and lists of hotels, agriturismo, and restaurants for each town. The text is in Italian. I bought this book in Italy.

ABRUZZO

Atri

Capestrano

Castelli

Cocullo

Rocca Calascio

Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Scanno

BASILICATA

Melfi

Venosa

CALABRIA

Gerace

Rossano

Tropea

CAMPANIA

Amalfi

Capua

Ischia

Ravello

Sorrento

EMILIA-ROMAGNA

Brisighella

Busseto

Castell'Arquato

Comacchio

Santarcangelo di Romagna

FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

Aquileia

Cividale del Friuli

Grado

Muggia

Palmanova

San Daniele del Friuli

Spilimbergo

Venzone

LOMBARDIA

Bergamo Alta

Castellaro Lagusello

Limone sul Garda

Sabbioneta

San Benedetto Po

Sirmione

MARCHE

Gradara

Jesi

Mondavio

Moresco

Recanati

San Leo

Sirolo

MOLISE

Agnone

PIEMONTE

Alba

Fossano

Orta San Giulio

Saluzzo

Verbania

PUGLIA

Alberobello

Altamura

Gallipoli

Lucera

Ostuni

Peschici

Trani

SARDEGNA

Aighero

Bosa

Castelsardo

SICILIA

Cefalu

Erice

Lipari

Monreale

Noto

Taormina

TOSCANA

Artimino

Bagno Vignoni

Bolgheri

Camaldoli

Capalbio

Certaldo

Giglio Castello

Montalcino

Montefioralle

Monteriggioni

Pienza

Populonia

San Gimignano

Saturnia

Sorano

Sovana

TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE

Brunico-Bruneck

CasteIrotto-Kastelruth

Glorenza-Glurns

UMBRIA

Assisi

Bevagna

Gubbio

Montefalco

Norcia

Orvieto

Spello

Todi

VENETO

Arqua Petrarca

Asolo

Bassano del Grappa

Borghetto

Este

Feltre

Giazza

Lazise

Marostica

Monselice

Montagnana

Porto Tolle

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany

The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany, by James Bentley & Hugh Palmer, Thames & Hudson, 1995. A coffee table book with great photos of Tuscany.

Around Florence & Lucca

Bagni di Lucca

Castelnuova di Garfagnana

Castiglione di Garfagnana

Cutigliano

Uzzano

Collodi

Vicopisano

Artimino

Scarperia

Vicchio

Stia

Poppi

Camaldoli

Around Arezzo & Siena

San Gimignano

Casole d'Elsa

Radda in Chianti

Castellina in Chianti

Monterchi

Monte San Savino

Foiana della Chiana

Lucignano

Pienza

Montalcino

San Quirico d'Orcia

Castiglione d'Orcia

The South

Cetona

Radicofani

Sovana

Arcidosso

Abbadia San Salvatore

Saturni

Pitigliano

Montemerano

Magliano in Toscana

Populonia

Ansedonia

The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Tuscany

The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Tuscany, by James Bentley, photographs by Alex Ramsey, Thames & Hudson, 2001. A coffee table book with great photos of Tuscany.

Northern Tuscany

Barga

Bibbiena

Fiesole

Impruneta

Montecatini Terme

Pescia

Pontremoli

San Casciano in Val di Pesa

San Miniato

Sansepolcro

Central Tuscany

Castiglion Fiorentino

Certaldo

Colle di Val d'Elsa

Montepulciano

Monteriggioni

Volterra

Southern Tuscany

Chianciano Terme

Chiusi

Massa Marittima

Orbetello

The Hill Towns of Italy

The Hill Towns of Italy, photographs by Richard Kauffman, text by Carol Field, Chronicle Books, 1997

Tuscany

Siena

San Gimignano

Montepulciano

Pienza

Volterra

Cortona

Arezzo

Umbria

Perugia

Assisi

Orvieto

Todi

Spoleto

Gubbio

Italian Hilltowns

Italian Hilltowns, by Norman F. Carver Jr., Documan Press, 1979

NORTHERN ITALY

Aosta

LIGURIA

Apricale

Cinque Terre

Triora & Andagna (inland)

Zuccarello

TUSCANY

Pontito

Val di Fafora, west of Florence, 7 tiny villages -

Empoli

San Gimignano

Siena

Castelnuova

Archidosso

Sorano

Pitigliano

Monte Rubiaglio

UMBRIA

Gubbio

Perugia

Pierele

Spoleto

Postignano

Vallo di Nera

MARCHE

Urbino

LAZIO

Caprancia (south of Rome)

Sperlonga (south of Rome, on coast)

Vallinfreda (east of Rome)

Vitorchiano (north of Rome)

Latera

V. Romano

Pietra Secca

Orvinio

Riofreddo

Anticoli Corrado

Colli di Montebone

Frascati

ABRUZZO

Pereto, Abruzzi, east of Rome

San Stefano

Calascio

Castelvecchio Calviso

Prata, in Abruzzi mountains

SOUTHERN ITALY

Pentadatillo, on toe

Maiera & Grisolia

R. Imperiale

Rivello

Tursi

Craco

Pisticci

Matera

Alberobello, on the heel - trulli houses

Locorotondo

Val di Itria

Martina Franca

Locorotondo

Ostuni

Vieste, tip of Gargano peninsula

Sannincandro

Polignano

Cisternino

S. Cataldo

SICILY

Cimmina

Cefalu, north coast of Sicily

island of Stromboli off north coast of Sicily

Nicosia

Menfi

Pietraperzia

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