In addition to the great city destinations, many towns and villages have important historical monuments, and as population centres may go back several millenia. Here we have gathered together towns and villages which have well preserved historical cores - areas where you can really get the feel for a previous age.
We have concentrated on small cities, towns and villages - as many of the great cities of the world like Rome, Florence and Venice are historical masterpieces in their own right. This list covers some less well known destinations that are all well worth visiting. Check out the holiday guide for how to travel to one.