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A little inland from the Gulf of Poets but still enjoying spectacular views of Tuscan seas, snow-capped mountains and a river (The Magra) is Ameglia. Picture this: narrow winding streets, colorful houses perched on hillsides, and the scent of the Mediterranean wafting through the air. That's Ameglia for you, a small town that packs a punch when it comes to authentic Italian charm.
It has consistently been chosen as one of the best villages in all of Italy and there are no tourists... yet.
Every single thing about Ameglia is charming beyond belief, people are super friendly, the views are spectacular and the narrow lanes are a joy to explore.
I could go on all day, but, I think pictures will probably do a better job than I ever could of explaining why it is so marvelous...
One place you absolutely cannot miss is the Piazza, the beating heart of Ameglia. It's the kind of square where time seems to slow down, and you can truly soak in the Italian way of life. Grab a gelato, find a bench, and just people-watch. Trust me, it's the best show in town.
The first time I visited the piazza, I experienced the friendliness of the locals. My son and I had just hiked fifteen miles around the peninsular (click for a map of the area) from another lovely town called Tellaro. We sat down in the piazza... to find everything closed.
We resigned ourselves to our fates.
Then a lady from the little bar on the left of the photo ran out to offer us a huge, free, and very cold bottle of sparkling water. She wouldn't accept a cent from us.
You wouldn't get that in Rome or Venice!
The people of Ameglia are like your long-lost Italian relatives. Warm, welcoming, and always ready to share a story or two. Don't be shy – strike up a conversation at the local cafe, and you'll see what I mean. It's these interactions that turn a trip into an unforgettable experience.
If you're a history buff (or even if you're not, because who can resist a good story?), Ameglia has got you covered. The town is steeped in history, with medieval roots that give it that timeless feel. Explore the cobblestone streets, stumble upon ancient churches, and let the history nerd in you revel in the past.
If you'd like to stay a few days rather base yourself at the Hotel Fiascherino in Tellaro.
Make sure that you visit Montemarcello and Tellaro as well - both of them are rated as being among the loveliest little towns in Italy too. There are few other destinations in Italy where you'll find three of the top little towns within a few miles of each other.
View of Tuscany, the Magra river and the Apuan Alps. Ameglia is right on the border between Tuscany and Liguria and the difference in landscape between the hills and forests of Liguria to that of the Tuscan plane below is breathtaking.
The Castle was built in the twelve century and the view from here is stunning. In summer you might be lucky enough to visit when one of the occasional concerts is held here – these are unforgettable – stars above, old town lights below and an atmosphere unlike any other.
In a nutshell, Ameglia is the Italy you've been dreaming of – picturesque, delicious, and full of character. So, add it to your list, and get ready for a trip that's nothing short of magical. Because in Ameglia, la dolce vita isn't just a saying – it's a way of life.
Cheers to Ameglia, the hidden gem of Liguria!