Italian Towns and the Centro Storico

In centro storico in Caltagirone

The first few times I saw a sign for Centro Storico I didn’t know what it was. That was before I had taken Italian and really could not recognize too many signs in Italy.  Now I understand that the words are Italian for the “historic center.”

Centro storico with laundry – Caltagirone

The historic district of Italian towns is called the centro storico. It is the oldest part of  these towns, and the centro storico was the original town, and is what made up these towns when they were first built.

Narrow stairway in Centro Storico of Caltagirone

As the towns grew larger with more people, other structures were built further out. That is why so many towns in Italy have an old section  and a new section. Usually the old section is higher if the city is built on a hill.

San Remo in La Pigna

Most typically have a centro storico which is where the most interesting staircases, alleys, doorways, houses and buildings seem to be. People actually live here and the lifestyle is rugged, since  one may have to walk down a hundred steps to go anywhere.

Perugia Centro storico

There is so much character here in the centro storico and Italy does its best to retain and restore these places when damaged over the years. The centro storico is always one of my favorite places to wander around and get lost.

Apricale caruggi

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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2 Responses to Italian Towns and the Centro Storico

  1. Dan Douglas says:

    The gentleman with his dog is my favorite. Wonderful pics!


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