10 Italian villages that look like Christmas cards

Imagine the snow, the small and cozy houses, the wooden roofs.

All of these could be the scenario of one Christmas fairy tale.

What if we told you that all over Italy you can find, especially with the coldest temperatures, small towns that remind you of lively scenes from the Nativity scene and villages that really look like a Christmas card?

Perched on hillsides or nestled in valleys, there are many small towns where you can breatheChristmas atmosphere.

Which are the most beautiful? Let’s discover the most beautiful village postcard images.


Visiting Greccio is like taking a trip to the Middle Ages. Stone houses and cobbled streets outline the charming village perched on a hill overlooking the entire Reatina plain.

The village is famous because in 1223, in a cave where a sanctuary was built, Saint Francis of Assisi erected the first living nativity scene. Even today the village hosts one of the most beautiful nativity scenes in Italy.



In the heart of Val Gardena, Ortisei is a little treasure chest nestled at 1236 meters in a picturesque location: the town surrounded by the very high peaks of the Dolomites. Colorful buildings and stone streets make this village truly fascinating.


Scanno is one of the most photogenic villages in Abruzzo, you will notice it as soon as you drive along the hairpin that leads to the town and offers a spectacular view of the Sagittario Reserve.

The village is nestled between Montagna Grande and Monte Godi.



Brunico was declared, in 2009, the best Italian city to live.

It certainly got this record because of its excellent location in the center of two valleys and the amazing combination of the exclusivity of places with a double soul: international and traditional. The village that dominates the castle is truly enchanting.

It’s worth getting there at Christmas to admire the incredible Christmas markets.

Madonna di Campiglio


In the heart of Val Rendena, in the fantastic landscape between the Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello and Presanella glaciers, Madonna di Campiglio is a small jewel at 1,550 meters above sea level, in the province of Trento.


Bagnone seems straight out of a fairy tale with knights, dragons and princesses.

It is the ancient castle that dominates the stone village from above that stands on the banks of the homonymous stream. The town, in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park, is located in the province of Massa-Carrara.




Perched on the peaks of the rocks in the Lucanian Dolomites park, Pietrapertosa along with Castelmezzano, is one of the most fascinating villages of Basilicata.

At the entrance to the village there is an amphitheater-like fork protected by rocks.


Villalago, above the Gole del Sagittario, is a town frozen in time. Here San Domenico built a hermitage and founded several monasteries.

A small church was built in the cave where the saint lived, which at the beginning of the last century became a small church on the lake. In fact, in 1929 a hydroelectric dam was built and the water that poured into the plain formed a picturesque lake known as Lago di San Domenico.



In Fossombrone, in the Marche region, you can take a trip back in time.

The city along the course of the Metauro River and the Via Flaminia, is perched on a hill dominated by the Rocca Malatestiana. It is the perfect place to explore the Furlo Gorge.



In the province of Isernia, Carovilli is a journey through time. A small town where you can relive ancient atmospheres walking the narrow cobbled streets, with views from stone buildings.


In the Isarco Valley, Vipiteno is a village that seems to have stepped out of history: with its colorful houses and the snow-capped mountains that surround it, it is one of the most picturesque towns in Italy.

During the Christmas season you can visit the beautiful Christmas markets.

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Hidden in the gorge of two mountains, in the province of Trapani, there is a very small village consisting of quaint earthen houses, a small chapel, some stables and a narrow cobbled street.

Grotta Mangiapane is a small stone village located in Custonaci, in the Monte Cofano reserve.

Monte Sant’Angelo


With its white houses stacked on top of each other, Monte Sant’Angelo is one of the most picturesque towns in the Gargano.

Founded by the Lombards, the city is famous for a cave sanctuary.

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