jamuna news desk: Do you ever wonder what the villages of Europe were like centuries ago, and how people lived? Well, some of these breathtaking villages are still around for you to explore and bask in all their old world glory. They’ve been debated by people around the world as the most beautiful villages in Europe, and we’re hard-pressed to disagree.
1. Conques, France
This village in France is a simply gorgeous piece of romanesque art. Its abbey-church is an awe-inspiring beauty as well. Conquer was originally built around an oratory that turned into a monastery. Visit and hang out with the monks in this lovely setting.
2. Manarola, Italy
This town perches on the side of a cliff and is full of vibrantly colored buildings. It’s a tiny fishing town in Northern Italy, in the province of La Spezia, running along the stunning coastline at the Ligurian Sea. The harbor is the most beautiful, with bright homes perched on the rocky ravine.
3. Hallstatt, Austria
Dubbed “Austria’s most beautiful lake town, one look at Hallstatt and that’s hard to deny! It’s located between Graz and Salzburg in a lake district that offers the most breathtaking views you’ve possibly ever seen. It’s one of the oldest settlements in Europe that’s still lived in, lending to its magic, and takes only 30 minutes to walk from one side of the town to the other.
4. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
This absolutely beautiful medieval, volcanic town sits on a pinnacle overlooking a windy canyon. You enter through a massive passageway made of stone 2,500 years ago. Unfortunately, this fantasy-like town is in danger as it’s constantly eroding, and might crumble away one day.
5. Soglio, Switzerland
Sitting in Switzerland near the Italian border and nestled away in the mountains is the serene village of Soglio. It’s famous for being the muse of the Swiss-Italian painter Giovanni Santini in the late 1800's.