There are extraordinary places where you can feel as the character of a fairytale. These are marvelous and uncontaminated places where the mind can rest and the thoughts run free; Bobbio in Val Trebbia is certainly one of them.

Bobbio, the most beautiful village in Italy

Devil's Bridge Bobbio Italy
Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash

Awarded as “The most beautiful village in Italy” from the Italian television program Il Borgo dei Borghi, Bobbio is located in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Italian Peninsula. In fact, after 20 years of work by the local administration, the small district in the province of Piacenza has finally been given the deserved recognition. When the passion for one’s own land encounters the undeniable beauty of the landscape the birth of something magic is assured. The mayor of the village, Roberto Pasquali, speaks with emotion when he underlines the importance of this recognition for him and for all the residents. He says: “The recognition represents the successful completion of 20 years of work in order to create our own touristic brand”.

One of the most enchanting valleys in the world

Valle del Fiume Trebbia
Valle del Fiume Trebbia, photo by Fabio Poggi, via Panoramio

Even the writer Hemingway described Val Trebbia as the most enchanting valley in the world. And certainly, in that magnificent place, there is plenty of poetry.
The river that flows through the village evokes lots of memories for the inhabitants and his sweet sound guides laugh and silences of the occasional visitors. The regions of Liguria, Piemonte and Lombardia have a strong influence on the cultural enrichment of this little village.

The village is rich in traditions, ended down from one generation to another, which makes the little streets warm and welcoming.
In fact, “nebbiolo” and “dolcetto” (whose plantation dates back to the 18th century) still grow on the surrounding hills.

Mount Penice is the background of the village, which counts 3500 inhabitants until summer when the destination attracts so many tourists that the population triples.



The history of Bobbio is old and full of charm, strongly connected to the life of the Irish missionary Colombano, who died in 615. The well-known abbey of Saint Colombano was built in 614 thanks to him. All around the abbey, there is a series of buildings where you can visit the museum and the scriptorium.

San Colombano Abbey
Interior of the abbey of San Colombano, photo by Davide Papalini, ShareAlike 3.0, via wikipedia

The director Marco Bellocchio was born here and every year he organizes his festival of the cinema (film festival). In the old streets of Bobbio in Val Trebbia, you can still find the so-called “acciottolo”, which consists of rounded rocks next to each other.

Devil’s Bridge

Devil's Bridge
foto via needpix

Finally, one of the most important and suggestive sites of the village is Ponte Vecchio, also known as “Gobbo” or “Ponte del Diavolo”, due to its particular wavy shape. It dates back to the romanesque age with baroque superstructures; it is 280 m long and it has 11 unequal arches.

Devil's Bridge Bobbio
photo by Greta Ceresini, via Wikipedia

Bobbio in Val Trebbia is one of those must-see places where you can enjoy calm and tranquility in an enchanted valley.
Let yourself enjoy a journey back in time through the magnificent landscapes and flavors, within walking distance of the chaotic city life.

Author: Ambra Proto

My name is Ambra Proto and I'm 26 years old. I was born in Abruzzo but I live in Trentino. I have a degree in “Sociology and criminology”. I'm currently studying in Trento "Sociology of Organizations and territory" and I'm also attending a master's degree in "Global marketing - Communication & Made in Italy”. I have a lot of interests such as photography and writing. The latter is the most important part of my life and thanks to it, I won many poetry competitions. Most of my life is dedicated to writing and through it, I can exprime my deeper emotions.
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