Often when you visit a country you look for the most popular touristic sites.
If you have never been to Italy before you first want to see must visit places like Rome, Florence, Venice and many more, the list is endless.
If you have time on your hands whilst visiting you should also look for small villages and places hidden away from touristic view, they are often incredibly rich in history and culture, they can be unique in their gender and unspoilt from mass tourism.
A good example is the small village of Valvasone which I visited last month. It is situated in the North East of Italy (the area where I grew up).
Valvasone is a small medieval village, which origins date back to Roman times. It has important buildings that grow all around a castle, which is in Renaissance style and its interiors are still preserved plaster and frescoes of the fourteenth century.
When we arrived in the main village square the children were crying out for a hot chocolate but there were no coffee bars on sight.
We began walking around the village and the stillness of the place was incredible. It seemed like a ghost town of past times. No one in sight either.
A mild breeze gave me a chill through the spine: I thought sooner or later a ghost would appear!
Instead no ghosts but a friendly man who suggested we took a look at the ancient mill, still featuring its wheel and dating back to the 15th century. The children loved it and asked lots of questions about why a village needed a mill. They obviously had no supermarkets to buy flour from..!
I loved the Venetian style of the buildings, so typical of the area.
If you are passing by around the middle of September there is a Middle Age festival all around the town, very picturesque and interesting. Don’t miss it!
In the end we managed, in the outskirts of the village, to find a place to have a nice hot chocolate (thick and creamy, very Italian style!).
The perfect way to end a good day out!