Italy’s most beautiful villages and their gastronomic delights

Italy’s most beautiful villages and their gastronomic delights
Italy’s most beautiful villages and their gastronomic delights
27 November 2019, Redaction

If you like to discover news places and enjoy trying new food, keep on reading. In this article, we present to you some of be most beautiful villages in Italy and their gastronomic delights.

Castelsardo

View of Castelsardo / Wikimedia commons
View of Castelsardo / Wikimedia commons

The medieval village of Castelsardo is located in the centre of the Gulf of Asinara, in the province of Sassari and enjoys a privileged and wonderful view of Corsica. Perched on a spectacular rocky headland overlooking the sea, Castelsardo boasts a thousand-year history, dating back even to the Neolithic. The famous nuraghi are a peculiar feature of the surrounding landscape; the historical centre dates back to the 7th century, with the fortifications built by the Doria family. The beautiful cathedral, whose coloured bell tower can also be seen from the sea, dates back to the 15th century.

The wonderful history of Castelsardo blends with an exquisite gastronomy mainly based on fresh fish and shellfish "zero km".

The traditional recipes of the village place lobster as a favorite dish, to be combined with a sauce prepared with the same eggs of this crustacean for the version "alla Castellanese" or with chicken eggs, capers and parsley for the version "all'aragonese".

The fish soup Castellanese is also simple but delicious. It combines the broth of mullet, crabs and various rock fish to garlic, onion, fresh tomato and chilli.

Greve in Chianti

Piazza di Greve in Chianti / Wikimedia commons
Piazza di Greve in Chianti / Wikimedia commons

Greve in Chianti is the gateway to the beautiful area of the Chianti hills, if you come from Florence towards Siena.

Greve's history has been linked since the Middle Ages to its main square, the market place. Still today, every Saturday, Piazza Giovanni da Verrazzano, dedicated to the famous navigator, hosts the historic gastronomic market that attracts both Greve’s inhabitants and tourists.

In addition to the historic centre of Greve, just one and a half kilometres away, you will find the charming fortified village of Montefioralle, built on a hill that provides breathtaking views.

The gastronomy of Chianti seems to reflect the natural wonder of its landscapes: simple ingredients and respect for traditions are in fact the secret that lies behind the culinary excellence of these areas.

Bread and olive oil are able, on their own, to make the taste buds of lucky gourmets fall in love. A simple addition of tomato, onion, basil and cucumber creates the famous Panzanella.

Another simple dish that has become famous throughout the world for its deliciousness, is Ribollita: a soup made with stale bread, beans, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, pork rind, all seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Certaldo

Certaldo, Tuscany / Wikimedia commons
Certaldo, Tuscany / Wikimedia commons

Certaldo is definitely one of the most picturesque villages in Tuscany, in a strategic position in the territory of Val D'Elsa. Giovanni Boccaccio was born here (you will find his museum house) and the village won the Orange Flag of the Touring Club of Italy.

This small village shines for the multitude of events and festivals that it organises every year including Mercantia. Now in its 33rd edition, this festival, which takes place every year in July, brings together the most famous street artists... you'll be amazed by the balance artists, acrobats, jugglers and many others.

Among the delicacies of the area are the onion soup zuppa di cipolla vernina di Certaldo, a hot dish made with the dark red onion typical of the village, or the famous Francesina, a type of casserole elaborated with the famous onions and a tablespoon of tomato.

A delicacy that must be tasted!

Offida

Offida, in the province of Ascoli Piceno / Wikimedia commons
Offida, in the province of Ascoli Piceno / Wikimedia commons

One of the most beautiful (and cheapest) villages in Italy. To avoid depopulation, the municipality has decided not to make new citizens pay taxes for ten years. A truly commendable initiative!

But what is so special about this village in the Marche region? Offida stands on a rocky embankment (the Church of Santa Maria della Rocca, an old Lombard fortress surrounded on three sides by cliffs) and is adorned with walls dating from the 15th century. In the village, remember to check out the Piazza del Popolo with the Town Hall and its elegant loggia.

As far as culinary traditions are concerned, an ancient proverb used by the citizens of the neighbouring villages says “In Offida you don't spend much and you eat well”.

Offida specialities that you should try include Taccù (a simple local dish consisting of tagliolini to be cooked dry or in broth), Chichì ripieno (a tasty rustic focaccia stuffed with tuna, capers, anchovies, peppers and olives) and the so-called Funghetti (typical sweets of the area usually prepared during the Carnival period).

Tropea

Tropea, Calabria / Pixabay
Tropea, Calabria / Pixabay

Surrounded by white beaches and turquoise waters, Tropea stands on a cliff that is reflected in the sea. According to legend, this village was founded by Hercules on his return from the Columns of Hercules. The old town is a collection of ancient palaces dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, beautiful alleys, squares and facades that will leave you amazed as well as the visable views of the island of Stromboli and Etna. On a small headland in front of Tropea, you will find the symbol of the town and icon of Calabria: the sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola.

The gastronomic excellence of the area is certainly the Sweet Red Onion of Tropea, to be tasted in a fresh salad or fried for sauces. In summer, the village festival celebrates the red onion and blue fish as basic elements of the gastronomic culture of Tropea. To these are added exquisite flavours that can be found throughout the province of Vibo Valentia: from the "fileia", homemade pasta with meat sauce, to the "pitte di San Martino", biscuits filled with pine nuts, raisins, chocolate, walnuts and cooked wine.

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