Kind of a jam-packed post but I wanted to talk about I Borghi Più Belli d'Italia, as well as two towns that we visited one night before our return to Pacentro- Popoli and Pettorano sul Gizio (Pettorano sul Gizio which is associated with the aforementioned 'most beautiful villages in Italy'). I Borghi Più Belli d'Italia is basically a private association that nominates little villages or hamlets each year from all of Italy's regions to be part of their coveted list. They aim to bring attention to hidden gems of the country. Essentially, to be considered, a village must have a spiccato interesse artistico e storico - a stand-out appeal or attractiveness in an artistic and historical sense. The photograph below was taken from a piazza in Pettorano sul Gizio while we were waiting for a table at a nearby restaurant (Il Torchio) which was still beyond boisterous at 10pm. The following two photos were taken at Popoli. We had gone for a walk around the upper part of the town and I couldn't help but get chills from how deserted it was. Not even a dog in sight, and mysteriously, the church clock read midnight when it was only early evening. Due to the earthquake several years ago, many buildings were still un-restored and the cracks and crumbles only added to the feeling of an Italian ghost town.
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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