Favorite Colorful Villages in Italy

Burano
Burano

There are countless villages in Italy that make my heart sing, and some are so colorful and vibrant that they’re downright cheerful. Makes it hard not to smile when you’re walking along their avenues.

Here are a few of my favorites. Oh, and I’ve purposefully left out what you might do or see there, because sometimes it’s all about inspiration, contemplation and pure enjoyment through color.

Portovenere
Portovenere

Portovenere. Just south of Le Cinque Terre in Italy’s Liguria region, Portovenere faces the seaport to the south with its back set into steep, rocky hills. The colors of this ancient fishing village are at their most vibrant in the early morning hours as the rising sun touches the buildings with gold. Get your camera ready as the backdrop of blue sky becomes more intense. Stunning.

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Spello
Spello

Spello. Dubbed the town of flowers, Spello, in the green heart of Umbria, is built mostly of pink and white stone from the Sibillini Mountains. A walk up the town’s steep avenues in summer is intoxicating with flowers of every imaginable color spilling from vases along the way. Of course the sweeping views across Umbria will take your breath away too. Just lovely.

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Civita di Bagnoregio
Civita di Bagnoregio

Cività di Bagnoregio. Cività di Bagnoregio, perched along its tufo hilltop in northern Lazio, appears like something out of a fairytale. The ancient town is constructed of the local tufo stone which, when struck by the late afternoon sun, blazes golden. Plan your visit on a clear, sunny afternoon and you’ll be rewarded with a deep gold set against a stunning blue that will make your heart skip a beat. Pure bellezza.

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Deruta
Deruta

Deruta. Nestled in the Umbrian hills, and famous for its colorful majolica ceramics, the town of Deruta is actually decorated with its own ceramics. In addition to delightful shops showing off their ceramic wares, you’ll find buildings, street signs and even benches decorated with brightly glazed ceramics. In Deruta it’s not just about color, but also intricate designs passed down through the centuries. Wow.

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Corniglia
Corniglia

Corniglia. The least visited of the Cinque Terre villages, simply because it is the least accessible, Corniglia is naturally my favorite. The pastel colors of its cielo a terra buildings perched on a green carpet of vineyards is spectacular. Set all that against the Mediterranean Sea and you have a postcard. Simply gorgeous.

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Burano
Burano

Burano. Although travelers who visit Venice are familiar with Murano, where famous Murano glass is produced, most have never heard of Burano. This tiny island fishing town, reached by Venice’s vaporetto ferryboat, boasts quaint avenues flanked by homes painted in bright pastel and primary colors. Burano is quite simply irresistible. Color magic at its best.

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Pamela Haack creates and hosts boutique-style, small group tours and custom workshops that are a combination of the very best of Italy: the exciting and the peaceful, the popular and the secret, the talked about and the never-heard-of-before. From art experts and operettas to authentic cooking classes and ancient Etruscans, Pamela helps guests experience the spectacularly beautiful, endlessly interesting cities and countryside of Italy in an up-close and personal way – off the beaten strada.

Pamela is also the author of Top 10 Favorite Etruscan Sites. She lives with her husband, Lou, in Umbria, Italy.

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  1. Have you considered doing a trip that includes all of these? Would be wonderful! 🙂

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