Just to let you know that the prize for the best Medieval village in Italy has just been awarded to Gradara.
A place not on many people's list when visiting Il Bel Paese but well worth the trip and even more so now.
It is in the Northern part of Le Marche and still holds a very genuine and warm welcome for one and all.
Small but very well preserved and with a fabulous castle and a lovely little restuarnats within this walled city.
Fabulous unspoiled villages and drives nearby and only 30 minutes drive to Urbino too.
Well worth thinking about if you still want to discover some of the less known and less touristy places.
Have a look at www.borghitalia.it for more info.