Tag Archives: Villages

Village Walks: Rocchetta Nervina In Liguria, Italy

Rocchetta Nervina is a small village in the province of Imperia in Liguria (Italy) with 291 inhabitants. It is built at an altitude of 235 meters, at the bottom of the Barbaira valley, a tributary of the Nervia coming down from the ridge separating the valleys of Nervia and Roya.

Surrounded by mountains, Monte Abelio (1015m), Monte Terca (1070m) and Monte Morgi (870m). Its French twin locality is Sospel. They are located at the same level and at an equal distance (approximately 10 km) on each side of the border.

Rocchetta means small rock or fortress, citadel.Nervina is derived from the name of Nervia. Old fortified town in the 12th century, it was called “Castrum Barbairre”, it was destroyed by the Marquis of Dolceaqua (the same as that of the michettes).

In the middle of the 16th century the castle of Monte Abelio controlled the Roya valley Rochetta is isolated and in a cul-de-sac, its defensive system is particular, access is allowed there thanks to two bridges from medieval times called “humpbacks”.It is still inaccessible today except on foot and of course by Vespa!!!

Village Walks: Sonlerto In Southern Switzerland

The town of Sonlerto lies in Bavona Valley (Val Bavona), arguably the wildest one among the valleys of Ticino. This spectacular side valley is part of the Maggia Valley. The whole region is part of the Lepontine Alps – a mountain range that covers various parts of Switzerland (Valais, Ticino, Uri, Graubünden) and Italy (Piedmont and Lombardy).

The Bavona Valley has seen massive rocks fall from mountains time and time again. Sometimes the stones are as big as houses. Locals then build new houses next to the stones after they fall. Locals refer to it as Splui. As such, it is no surprise that the houses in this area are built from stone.

Harvests: Peppers Turn A Serbian Village ‘Crimson’

Donja Lokosnica is an unassuming agricultural village in Serbia. That is until it’s time for the annual pepper harvest, where around 250 out of 280 households in the village engage in growing the crimson crop. The sweet peppers are the lifeblood of the small village that produces 60,000 tons of peppers a year.

To learn more about how the Serbian farmers turn the quaint village a rich red, tune in brand new episodes of Europe From Above. Thursdays at 8pm, on National Geographic UK

Village Tours: Todenham In The Cotswolds, England

Nestled near Shipston on Stour and just north of Moreton in Marsh, Todenham is a lovely hidden gem, worth visiting in the Cotswolds.

Todenham is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England. The village is significant for its Grade I listed 14th-century parish church. 

Village Walks: Mougins In Southeastern France (4K)

Mougins is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It is located on the heights of Cannes, in the district of Grasse. Mougins is a 15-minute drive from Cannes. The village is surrounded by forests, such as the Valmasque forest. In the village there are pines, olives, and cypress trees.

The village of Mougins is where Pablo Picasso lived for the last 12 years of his life and where he died in 1973 at the age of 91. Picasso was buried close to Aix-en-Provence. Picasso first visited Mougins in 1953, when he was living in nearby Cannes with his long-time muse, Francoise Gilot.

Lakeside Village Walks: Morcote, Switzerland (4K)

The former fishing village of Morcote is situated on the shore of Lake Lugano and is undoubtedly one of the most frequently photographed places in Ticino. It was not without just cause that picturesque Morcote was voted Switzerland’s most beautiful village in 2016.

The overall appearance of Morcote is characterised by its division into two parts: a secular part on the Lake and an ecclesiastical part on the slope. Both parts have their own characteristic buildings.

The bank of the lake is lined with numerous imposing buildings such as Palazzo Paleari, as well as a number of simple buildings. The row of houses by the lake, with their magnificent arcades, is one of the most distinctive features of Morcote and characterises the view of the village from the lake in particular. Just behind these, the winding, cobbled laneways of the village centre unfold. Even today, these still clearly reveal its mediaeval origins.

Views: The Lavender Fields Of Montclus, France

The small village of Montclus is a picturesque village in the northern area of the Gard department of Languedoc-Roussillon.

This historic village is situated in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Cèze river surrounded by vineyards, lavender fields and woodlands and on a small hill with almost a complete lack of modern development nearby so it has retained a great deal of its charm and is now listed among the ‘most beautiful villages in France‘.

Village Views: Geiranger In Western Norway (4K)

Geiranger is a village in western Norway, at the head of Geirangerfjord. The Norwegian Fjord Center has multimedia on the history of the region and its inhabitants.

Video timeline: 00:00 Opening 00:28 Best view of the geiranger Fjord 01:04 Waterfalls and Mountain all around the Village 02:48 The Seven Sisters Waterfall 04:51 Farm Villages 06:16 Aerial View of Geiranger

Part of the steep Trollstigen mountain road weaves through the village, connecting to Flydalsjuvet lookout, which has views over the fjord. The fjord’s waterfalls, including the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil, are visible by boat.

Walks: Dean Village In Edinburgh, Scotland (4K)

Dean Village is a peaceful village on the Water of Leith, Edinburgh’s largest river. Founded during the twelfth century by the Canons Regular of Holyrood Abbey, it is also known as the Water of Leith Village.

Dean Village (dene means “deep valley” in Scots) was a prosperous hamlet for over 800 years. In the past, the area had eleven working mills on the strong currents of the city’s river.

Trade in Dean Village diminished and the village soon fell into decay and abandonment especially during the second half of the twentieth century. Ten years later, the greenness, tranquillity and proximity of the hamlet to the city centre made this area extremely popular and plans to redevelop it were put into place. It quickly became one of the most sought-out residential parts of Edinburgh.