Top 10 most beautiful villages and towns in Tuscany
12 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
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No matter how beautiful Florence, Siena and Pisa are, Tuscany has much more in store for you! A holiday in Italy is not complete without the picture-perfect villages that Tuscany is famous for: on top of a hill or in the middle of a green plain. Choosing is difficult, when you consider that the whole of Italy is full of beautiful hidden gems. These ten most beautiful villages of Tuscany are certainly worth it!
Chances are that San Gimignano needs no introduction. It is one of the most famous small towns in Tuscany and is known for its fourteen tower houses and the authentic medieval atmosphere. You would want to shoot a vacation snap from almost every street corner. The picturesque squares, the stone well, frescoes and special towers…. Where should you look? Tip! Book your stay at Hotel Sovestro and you will never want to leave if we are to believe holiday makers who preceded you. © Offered by Zoover Media BV
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One of those gems is UNESCO world heritage site Pienza, located in the Val d'Orcia- region. This place was built as "the ideal city" according to a master plan by Renaissance architects, commissioned by Pope Pio II. He wanted to make his birthplace perfect. Whether that was successful? You have to see that with your own eyes! And when you are there anyway, score the famous pecorino cheese from Pienza for the home front. Yum! [caption id = "attachment_130192" © Image Wiki Commos | sailko [/ caption]
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Suvereto is a picturesque, ancient village on the Etruscan coast. It has medieval architecture, beautiful scenery and lots of cats. While strolling through the streets you really go back in time. And the great thing is: you really have the time, because Suvereto is still relatively undiscovered. Also check that view from the upper part of the village. Bellissima!
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Lucca is surrounded on all sides by the best preserved defensive walls from the Renaissance. Fully covered with moss, cypresses and eucalyptus trees, but no less impressive. In the heart of the village, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro steals the show with ocher-yellow buildings and sun-drenched frescoes. And that cathedral! A beautiful piece of history.
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Another gift for the eyes: the medieval Montepulciano, a stone's throw from Siena. The architecture here is so authentic that no large structure has been built since 1580. Really! Piazza Grande is the heart of the village, where you certainly want to order a glass of local Nobile wine while admiring the Duomo from the terrace.
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That terracotta dot between the spruce and olive forests of the Apuan Alps is Fosdinovo. You can recognize the charming village by the Malaspina castle, which has been defining the skyline since the 12th century. If you look closely, you will see the Tyrrhenian Sea from Fosdinovo, where the Tuscan land ends.
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Pinocchio saw the light of day in Collodi and you understand that this village is under the spell of this beloved children's story. Don't miss the Parco di Pinocchio, full of bronze statues in beautiful gardens with mazes and fountains. Collodi is also home to the villa and gardens of Garzoni, a wonderful example of typical Italian Renaissance.
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Pitigliano is really such a place on a hilltop that you normally only see in the travel brochures or on Instagram. A village on red, volcanic tuff where you can walk in the center over winding cobbled streets and dive under beautiful arches and seas of bougainvillea. Pitigliano is also called small Jerusalem, and when you see all the synagogues, you immediately understand why. Tip! Taste the local Jewish delicacy Sfratti: cookies filled with ground walnuts, honey, nutmeg, orange peel covered with dough.
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In Montalcino the wine flows abundantly, and especially the famous Brunello red wine that comes from here. Really one of the Italian wine toppers. But not only the wine is top. The 16th century village is surrounded by beautiful olive groves, beautiful oak trees and picturesque roads through the most picturesque vineyards. Apartment Residence Brizio is a top tip when it comes to accommodation, because after all those tasty wines you really don't want to continue your trip.
Is your holiday incomplete without outdoor activities? Put Barga on your list! A must see if you are going to explore the Garfagnana area and northern Tuscany. It lies in the mountains of the Tuscan Apennines at 410 meters above sea level and is surrounded by fantastic forests.