Kiss and Tell in Vicolo Baciadonne!

January 30, 2013 / Local Interest
Citta' della Pieve, Umbria

cittapieveCitta’ della Pieve has many churches to be sure, hence the name “city of the churches”. Perched atop a cliff in Umbria overlooking Tuscany, this town is very unique. When you walk the medieval street winding to the main piazza, you are overwhelmed by the elegant brickwork.

Famous for its clay soils the citizens built their ramparts and homes entirely of brick as they had no access to stone. However, its unique claim to fame is the narrowest street in Italy! Only 50 centimeters (18 inches) wide, it is the Vicolo Baciadonne.

vicolobaciadonnasignRumor has it that the owners of the two adjacent homes were in a feud and did not want their properties joining, hence the tiny street in between. Called the women kissing alley, it is narrow enough that one man could lean out the window of one home and kiss a woman in the other. Of course, most unlikely if they were feuding!

Lovers however like to walk down this street with just enough room to face each other and kiss to ensure good luck forever!


Colleen Simpson

by Colleen Simpson

Colleen followed a long-held dream and made a home in Piegaro, which is a pristine medieval glass-making village south of Lago Trasimeno in Umbria. She is the innkeeper at

10 Responses to “Kiss and Tell in Vicolo Baciadonne!”

  1. There is a via of the same name in Viterbo, Lazio, it too is narrow and I have always wondered why it was called this.

  2. Ginny Siggia

    In Whitstable, England, there is a similar passageway called “Squeeze-Gut Lane.” It was so narrow that I, with an excessively ample stomach, was not sure I could pass through. I did, barely. I don’t remember the story of the Lane, but I doubt that even the most ardent lovers could make it through.

  3. I always thought Pieve meant something more like ” neighborhood” & chiesa meant church. My family comes from Pieve San Paolo—even ” della” is singular in the name of this town—-just trying to understand— :). Is it dialect from this town-although it is Tuscan.

    • Colleen Simpson

      Denise: I asked a friend in Citta della Pieve and she told me it means “parish church” in the Umbrian dialect they speak. Hope this helps!

  4. Colleen, I’ve heard that this is a charming town and this story makes it even more appealing. Love these vignettes…grazie!

  5. Colleen Simpson

    Denise: I asked a friend in Citta della Pieve and she told me it means “parish church” in the Umbrian dialect they speak.

    Glad you all liked this little note. It is a lovely town to visit, right on the border of Tuscany and just 10 minutes from my village of Piegaro.

  6. Gloria Smith

    And there is a “Vicolo del Bacio”, in Vico del Gargano on the Gargano Peninsula,
    Italy. Now I will need to visit “Vicolo Baciadonne”. Grazie mille!!!


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