10 Beautiful Villages In Tuscany

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Tuscany  in Italy is known for its Renaissance art, architecture and its diverse natural landscape encompassing the rugged Apennine Mountains and the island of Elba’s beaches. Although Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo’s “David” statue and more are the top attractions in Tuscany, its small towns and villages are also something not to be missed. The rustic villages sitting top of a hill, with slanting red-tiled roofs, ancient Etruscan settlements are something truly unique. Located at the foothills of the Apennines and enthralling mazes of stone and marble, these villages are some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. This is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, and these are the 10 Beautiful Villages In Tuscany-

10 Beautiful Villages In Tuscany

1. San Gimignano:

San Gimignano

     Located on a hill, San Gimignano is a beautiful village encircled by 13th-century walls. Its Piazza della Cisterna is lined with medieval houses. And the beautiful village has a 12th-century church, Duomo di San Gimignano and a skyline of medieval 15 towers. The Sant’Agostino Basilica and the 12th-century Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, its surroundings of rolling cypress groves and saffron-hued fields makes it one of the most beautiful villages in San Gimignano.

2. Montepulciano:

Montepulciano

   Famed for its full-bodied variety of red grape, vineyards, and vino nobile red wine Montepulciano is another beautiful village sitting on top of a hill. Montepulciano has a bunch of attractions including The Torre di Pulcinella, the Piazza Grande, and Duomo. The rustic Tuscan beauty of this village is one of the reasons why the village is so popular. The red-brick and terracotta municipality on the ridges of the Val’dOrcia is one of the most beautiful in Tuscany. 

3. Pitigliano:

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    In the province of Grosseto, Pitigliano rises vertically from the sheer-cut bluff in the middle of the borderlands between Tuscany and Lazio. The twisting cobblestone streets under archways and cascades of bougainvillea swoop low. You will find shadowy stairways lead to the front of traditional festivals erupt on the Piazza Garibaldi.

4. Collodi:

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Birthplace of the author of The Adventures of Pinocchio, Carlo Lorenzini, Collodi is a little hamlet, under the province of Pistoia. The cascade of houses descending down from a steep hill, Villa Garzoni with its amazing garden Baroque style and Monumental Park of Pinocchio are the main attractions of the village.

5. Barga:

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    Located in the province of Lucca, Barga is between the Garfagnana mountains in the Media Valle of Serchio River. The lively nightlife with Opera and Jazz Festivals in Barga attracts many tourists, especially during summertime. The Romanesque Duomo is one of the most popular attractions in Tuscany. It is also considered as the most Scottish town in Italy.

6. Monteriggioni:

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     The walled town of Monteriggioni is known for its medieval fortifications and watchtowers. Monteriggioni and the surrounding Chianti region. is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. The Monteriggioni in Arme Museum, the 13th-century Church of Santa Maria and Chianti Sculpture Park are the top attractions here.

7. Suvereto:

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     Suvereto was named after the cork oak woods that surround the village together with olive oil trees and vineyards. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany. The intact city walls and each summer many events and “Sagre” (feast) attracts many travellers to this city. 

8. Montalcino:

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     The hilly town of Montalcino is known for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. Set on the scenic Val d’Orcia this Medieval hill-top town is home to one of the world’s greatest wine. Some of its famous attractions include Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Altesino and Cipressi di San Quirico d’Orcia.

9. Volterra:

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     Volterra sits at the highland ridges of western Tuscany. The town was built by the Romans and has medieval frescoes and a bell tower at its Palazzo dei Priori. The Volterra Cathedral, the remains of the Etruscan Acropolis and the Guarnacci Etrurian Museum and the Roman Theater complex are its main attractions.

10. Cortona:

Cortona

      Cortona is a beautiful hilltop town near Arezzo. The Etruscan Academy Museum tracks the town’s Etruscan past. It has an Archaeological Park with multiple sites and Renaissance-era cathedral.

 

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