On the Villages

Italy has countless small villages filled with charm. Although we drive through many, my favorites are the ones nestled on the hillsides or serving as a crown on a hill. Enjoy your trip to a few of these picturesque gems. Any favorite?

Pinocchio on the Square in Collodi

Collodi is the village of Pinocchio

.

My maternal grandmother was born up there in Uzzano

Uzzano

Uzzano

.

Palleggio is on the way to my paternal grandparents hometown

Palleggio

Palleggio

.

San Cassianoโ€™s church built in the 8th Century

San Casciano

San Cassiano

.

Dotting the countryside, and imagine more on the opposite slopes

Hillside Spots

.

The towers in San Gimignano, which is more than a village

San Gimignano

San Gimignano

.

Look closely – The villages of the Cinque Terra

Cinque Terra

Cinque Terra

.

Vernozza, one of the Cinque Terra villages

Vernozza

Vernozza

.

Lucchio is a treasure where chicken eggs are cube shaped

Up to Lucchio

Up to Lucchio

Across to Lucchio

Across to Lucchio

Lucchio at the Top

Lucchio at the Top

.

Debra at Bagni di Lucca and Beyond has wonderful posts. Not only does she capture the essence of Italy, she features here own collections of photographs when she visits Tuscan villages. See for yourself in the sample below.

Advertisements

63 thoughts on “On the Villages

        • Catalina,
          Welcome first-time commenter! On this trip I was able to capture some good photos, especially as a nonphotographer. if you’re interested, go to the sidebar > Catagories > Words …. where you will find some that I used in themes as corridors, arches, windows, shadows, etc. … A few more post from this trip are in About Me and Travel. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

          Like

  1. The boys from Top Gear UK ended up in a town (I forget the name) with some streets too narrow for even their minicars (like the new FIAT 500), and surrounded by an earthen wall so wide, there was a two-lane road on the top. Absolutely gorgeous! Any of the mountain towns with late Medieval/early Renaissance architecture.
    Were any of these towns in the northern/midway-east-west area that got hit with the earthquake last year? (Or was that 2011 – dang, the memory is offline tonight.)

    Like

    • John,
      I don’t believe any of these places were affected by the last major quake … although Lucchio is the closest to a common quake zone. Regarding Top Gear, maybe you’ll catch the name on a re-run.

      BTW – great to have you back!

      Like

  2. All are wonderful, of course, Frank. They’re in Italy. But I have to say that I do love it when the mountains meet the sea — that’s why l love Maine. So I will choose any of the Cinque Terra villages. Any one will do. They serve Italian food in all of them, don’t they?

    Like

  3. I think every place in these pictures looks lovely, with the exception of the Pinocchio head shrine. That’s a little creepy. I feel like I’d walk past and glass eyes would follow me or one of the mouths would open slowly as if to speak.Of course, everyone else around me would be oblivious to this freaky deaky stuff.

    Like

  4. I too enjoy the sight of such villages. Have been to Italy a number of times, and enjoyed it very much… Especially the warm human relations. And of course, we have such villages too in our country. Thanks for the tour.

    Like

  5. Gorgeous, Frank. You know how fascinated I am with Italy. It’s too hard to pick a favorite, but I like the Cinque Terra ones, and the San Cassianoโ€™s church looks amazing. Thanks for sharing these!

    Like

    • Mobius,
      Lucchio was very interesting! What a perch!!!! Meanwhile, the success of the second image was due to luck, but I do appreciate the thoughts from your trained eye.

      Like

  6. Lucchio is my favorite, Frank. I love the villages of the countries around the Mediterranean. I’ve seen similar looking places in Spain, especially the pueblos blancos (white towns) of southern Spain. Thanks for the tour!

    Like

  7. Truly beautiful images Frank, each one pulling at me to visit Italy. It would be difficult to choose a favorite, but if I had to it would be Across to Lucchio. Wonderful!

    Like

  8. Each of these photos and locations they represent are so incredibly beautiful I don’t think I could pick a favorite. I love the villages up on the hills and the photos with a hint of fog and clouds creates such a peaceful setting. I really enjoyed seeing Pinocchio’s “home” and the village above the beautiful coastline calls my name! ๐Ÿ™‚ What wonderful memories from this trip you have and I’m sure you’ll always have a strong pull to return. i know I would!

    Like

    • Debra,
      Pinocchio’s home village is very small, but with a grand estate that is now a museum. Because the coastline is calling your name, besides the Cinque Terra, add the Amalfi coast to your wish list!

      Like

  9. Just wonder how they make their way home … if they leave their villages … some climbs. Wonderful photos all of them. Last photo my favorite … working on your challenge – but I can’t find any post that fit’s two of the letters. Really stranded, not so easy as I thought.

    Like

    • Viveka,
      The road to Lucchio as a narrow and winding up the hill. But back in the day, it must have been a protective place. Meanwhile, on the challenge …. sometimes creativity is the key … besides, you also have a second language. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Like

  10. I would happily visit any one of those! I like the picture of Vernozza because it looks like you could step straight through the picture and start walking up that street! I like those kind of streets that you get in Mediterranean towns and villages, they’re kind of dark, but then you can turn down a little street off them and be in a glorious sunlit square.

    Like

  11. Cinque Terra was already on my list of places to see next time I get to Italy. But you make every street sound desirable. For us Americans, the thrill of seeing things that have been standing for hundreds of years speaks to us in a nearly spiritual way. I love Europe and Italy is so warm and welcoming. You must be proud of your roots.

    Like

    • Renee,
      No doubt, Cinque Terra is a must visit. My cousins took us there, so that was my first time – only visited Monterosso and Vernozza … and by train, not foot. Nonetheless, we view Europe like you do!

      Like

  12. Thanks for the pics. I went to Italy years ago and those pics immediately reminded me of what I loved so much about my time there. Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!

    Like

Comment with respect.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s