One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Italy holds a special place in any visitor's hearts once they step foot in this historic and culturally-enriched country. Not just home to great food and wine, Italy is also home to lots of still-unspoiled destinations for nature travelers or tourists who want a fresh of pace.
So if you're thinking of making a trip to Italy, consider visiting the village of Venzone. Recently, it bagged the honor of winning the most beautiful village in the 2017 Il Borgo dei Borghi competition, according to Lonely Planet.
Venzone is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the northeastern part of Italy and is home to just over two thousand residents. Despite suffering from a devastating earthquake in 1976, Venzone was rebuilt into the beautiful village as it is today, garnering this respectable recognition.
The Cosmopolitan reported that Venzone was chosen among 19 other shortlisted villages. The decision was made through online voting and a panel of judges. One of the reasons Venzone was chosen according to one of the judges is because it represented "one of the most extraordinary examples of architectural and artistic post-earthquake recovery."
Venzone is not just a scenic village, it's also declared a National Monument back in 1965. Even though most of the city center is destroyed during the 1976 earthquake, the residents painstakingly rebuilt their home which was finished in 1990.
The village is famous for its distinct Venetian-Gothic architecture and medieval walls-- just walking in this village's streets feel like you're trapped in the 17th century. A fairly simple town bursting with culture and unique personality, no wonder it's voted as the most beautiful Italian village.
The restoration of this quaint, old town is fascinating. You would have never thought it's only restored a few years ago. It's an apt place for nature travel, as it's also surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape.