Last week, a friend in town asked for our advice on planning a trip to Italy. The travelers had limited time, so were sticking to the grande destinations—Rome, Florence, and Lake Como. Just as I was finishing up my email to my friend with my Italian must-sees in those cities, an email arrived from The Walks of Italy (www.walksofitaly.com) with their favorite small towns of central Italy. 

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Welcome to Citta della Pieve.

All this Italian temptation got my wanderlust in full gear since we love Italy. So, I thought I’d share our favorite central Italian small town—Citta della Pieve.

We first landed in Citta della Pieve in June 2010 while traveling through Italy with my sister and her partner. We arrived late in the afternoon after a long drive from Rome and the craziness of the international airport. Imagine climbing a small, hilly road dotted with old stone farm homes and olive groves, then entering the old archway of this ancient town. The sun was fading over the hills and the last rays made the town’s tile rooftops glow. It was just like stepping into a brochure for the Italian tourism ministry. Perfect!

Todi's main square. The perfect place for lunch.

Todi’s main square. The perfect place for lunch.

Sue and I have since returned to Citta della Pieve and each time we fall more in love with its charming setting and easy-going pace. The town is a perfect base for us while visiting our vendor partners in central Italy. Everything is not more than a 90-minute drive. Plus, it’s close to Todi (one of the towns on Walks of Italy’s list) and Orvieto with it’s spectacular cathedral.

There’s just something about this part of Italy that is magical. I think it’s a combination of the light, the landscape, the people, and the food. Perfetto!

Italian Tourism—www.Italia.it

Umbrian Tourism—www.regioneumbria.eu

Le Marche Tourism—en.visit.marche.it

Hotel Vannucci—www.hotel-vannucci.com

Let us know if you’ve been to one of these towns or if you have a favorite. Or, if you haven’t been to Italy, but want to go. Which cities would you like to visit?