The German heritage is strongly to the fore with the survival of three churches, two Lutheran and one Baptist, dating from the 1880s.

Facing west, it offers a beautiful 180° view on the Ardèche and the foothills of Massif Central.

Capital of the region of “Enclave des papes”, Valrèas is classified as “station verte de vacances” and is surrounded by renowned vineyards, lavender fields and olive gardens.

Vietri sul Mare, just west of Salerno, marks the beginning of Amalfi's coastal road and is the ceramics capital of Campania.

Vietri's pottery production dates back to Roman times, and back in the day the royal court of Naples was its most important client.

Settled by mostly German farmers in the 1870s, it was named after a town in Westphalia in about 1879.

Late in World War I it was renamed Frenchton, but reverted to Minden in 1930.Click below to subscribe – you’ll have unlimited access to while supporting local journalism. If you need help, check out the FAQs at RTD 101 or contact us.Current seven-day subscribers to the Richmond Times-Dispatch can add unlimited digital access to their account for no extra charge. Minden is a rural locality on the Warrego Highway between Marburg and Hatton Vale, 23 km west of Ipswich.The area was originally named Back Plain or Rosewood.It all adds up to a postcard-perfect Italian summer escape in an area so special that it's UNESCO-protected.