Villages of Italy: discovering what is there but not seen

by Luigi Colella

It is commonplace to most that some countries are dead or destined to die; instead there is an Italy that is there and that is not seen, or that many do not see and enjoy in few: that of the villages. That fascinating, fortified, urban agglomeration dating back to the period from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, often built around a castle or palace belonging to the noble family that is in power, at that time, is the village, often armed with walls. In Italy there are about 270, from the Dolomites to Sicily, and are the symbol of Italian culture that preserves artistic and architectural heritage, tradition and eno-gastronomic treasures. Italians and foreigners are updating their perception of wonderful places where fireflies and smoking chimneys are still found, far from mass tourism. It is here that he will discover the resilience, in those villages where they still live children of past generations; you glimpse in the streets with holes filled with stones by the same inhabitants, in this Italy that always endures the attention to a coast that is becoming more and more fake, and the larger and more crowded cities. They are places to be enjoyed today because our children are known less and less people who are places preserved and protected jealously. To be submitted to the Unesco heritage to crystallize the state of things as it is, areas are in the sun to come, they will be able to resist, despite everything. Those villages that have undergone or undergo a make-up for that diffused hospitality have become realities, which has become the new offer in a still niche market. Through careful interventions, but also debatable and criticized by the purists, many active centers revive thanks to a careful tourism with few pretensions. It is inevitable that our country has hit, especially in the last forty years, shifted its attention to public areas and in particular to those villages, in fact, which are the most vulnerable places to the shaking and subsequent emigration of the resident population.