The most beautiful Italian Villages in Emilia Romagna


The most beautiful Italian Villages in Emilia Romagna

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They are 14, they are different from each other in terms of characters and characteristics, but they share the same desire to redeem and become acquainted: they are the Most Beautiful Italian Villages that rise in Emilia-Romagna.
We present them one by one, proceeding along the Via Emilia from Piacenza to Rimini, with the link to the related card we made for our section Villages:

Castell’Arquato, Middle Ages among the vineyards
Bobbio, between cinema and legends
Vigoleno, the fortified village
Fontanellato, art and gastronomy in Parma Lowlands
Gualtieri, the town of the Bentivoglio Family
Compiano, and its Castle
Fiumalbo, a jewel of stones at the foot of Monte Cimone
Dozza, between murals and good wine
Brisighella, the cradle of hospitality
Verucchio, from Etruscans to the Malatesta’s Family
San Leo, a borderland of mysterious charm
San Giovanni in Marignano, Malatesta’s barn
Montefiore Conca, a window with a view on the Conca Valley
Montegridolfo, the village between two rivers

  • Castell’Arquato

  • Bobbio

  • Vigoleno

  • Fontanellato

  • Gualtieri

  • Compiano

  • Fiumalbo

  • Dozza

  • Brisighella

  • Verucchio

  • San Leo

  • San Giovanni in Marignano

  • Montefiore Conca

  • Montegridolfo

The Club of the Most Beautiful Italian Villages, born in March 2001 for the will of the ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities), aims to promote the great heritage of history, art, culture, environment and traditions of the small Italian centers, who often stay out of the beaten tracks.

A marginality that over the years threatened to cause depopulation and abandonment of these villages, but that today made them the true custodians of the most authentic memory and identity of our Country, an intangible heritage that the Club seeks to preserve through its activity of protection, recovery and valorization.

To be admitted to the Club, each Municipality must have some standards specified as essentials in the Quality Paper and un the Disciplinary, such as:
to have no more than 2.000 inhabitants in the village and no more than 15.000 in the related Municipality;
to possess a certified architectural and/or natural heritage;
to be appreciated for urban quality (in terms of accessibility and preservation) and architectural quality (in terms of harmony and homogeneity);
to demonstrate, through concrete facts, a desire to valorize, develop, promote and animate their heritage.

If a borough demonstrates to have these features, it can become part of this exceptional circuit, which now gathers about 260 centers and is a true quality certificate for visitors…try to believe!



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I love traveling, both physically and with imagination, thanks to movies and books, and I celebrate every day with a smile.


  1. Lindsay Rose

    Hi Elisa,

    Thanks for the great post! I was wondering if you had any recommendations for the village which is best to visit if you don’t have access to a car but on the hunt for amazing restaurants, local produce and access to foodie tours?

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