Fancy visiting Italy, but not able to right now? Well, mi amico, let us take you on a virtual tour of Italy instead! Even if you can’t be there in person, a virtual trip is good for the soul. Let us look at Italy's Most Colorful Villages that are a sight to behold.
The Bay of Naples’ smallest island is also its best-kept secret. Off the mass-tourist radar, Procida is like the Portofino prototype and is refreshingly real. August aside – when beach-bound mainlanders flock to its shores – its narrow, sun-bleached streets are the domain of the locals: kids clutch fishing rods, parents push prams and old seafolk swap yarns. Here, the hotels are smaller, fewer waiters speak broken German and the island’s welcome hasn't been changed by a tidal wave of visitors.
On the western coast of Sardinia, delightful Bosa, overlooked by the Malaspina castle, stands out for its colorful houses amid a green hilly landscape. Bosa is one of Sardinia’s most beautiful towns. Seen from a distance, its rainbow townscape resembles a vibrant Paul Klee canvas, with pastel houses stacked on a steep hillside, tapering up to a majestic, golden castle. In front, moored fishing boats bob on a glassy river elegantly lined with palm trees.
Pastel-coloured Comacchio in Emilia-Romagna is built on more than 13 islets connected by small bridges, with the colours beautifully reflecting on the water. Comacchio is situated in a lagoon just north of the present mouth of the Reno. It is built on more than thirteen different islets, joined by bridges. The wetlands south of the town, the Valli di Comacchio, are classified as a Site of Community Importance and a Special Protection Area in Italy. They are also rated internationally important by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
On the Amalfi Coast, world-famous Positano is perched on a cliff and is best admired from the sea. Dramatic, deluxe and more than a little dashing, Positano is the Amalfi Coast's front-cover splash, with vertiginous houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta. No less photo-worthy are its steep streets and steps, flanked by wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable retailers.
Many beautiful villages overlook Lake Como, among them is Varenna, with its colorful houses reflecting on the lake and creating a perfect contrast with the lush vegetation around. Varenna is a beguiling village bursting with florid plantlife, exotic flowery perfumes and birdsong, is a short ferry ride away from its rival in Como-esque beauty, Bellagio. In many ways the villages are similar: pastel-coloured houses stacked up on mountain slopes defying the standard laws of physics and narrow lanes which are often little more than long staircases.
The second-smallest and the oldest of the Cinque Terre towns, Manarola will enchant you. Tucked away in a particularly mountainous kink at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, the villages of the Cinque Terre (pronounced chin-kwe ter-re, with a rolled 'r' sound) were shaped by their profound isolation. The Cinque Terre is a destination with timeless appeal, and it’s impossible to do it justice in a day trip. It really is the kind of place that rewards taking it slow, whether you’re kicking back at a waterfront table in Vernazza, glass of wine in hand, or listening to birdsong and resting your weary legs at an ancient sanctuary on a clifftop high above.
Perhaps Italy’s most famous colorful village, Burano, an island in the Venetian lagoon, is known precisely for its bright-colored fishermen’s houses. All visitors of Burano remain intrigued by the many colours and the colorful houses that are reflected into the green waters of channels, by the leaning bell tower, by the tranquillity and the calmness with which the elderly ladies embroider original Burano lace by their tombolo (or lace pillow), while they are laughing and chatting in squares among them. It seems to be in paradise. Children who dart freely with their bicycles, balconies with multicolored flowers, fishermen who put up fresh fish from their traditional boats.
Source(s):Lonelyplanet, ItalyMagazine, isoladiburano