The most amazing villages and towns of Toscany

The most amazing villages and towns of Toscany


San Gimignano is one of the most famous Italian villages, known for the countless towers that dominate its landscape. These were the symbol of wealth and power and served defense purposes in the conflict of the patrician families who controlled the town. San Gimignano maintains a feudal atmosphere and states to have the “best ice cream” in the world.

 

Pitigliano

It would be a mistake to miss the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s birthplace, Lucca. The city is encircled by massive walls that were kept intact despite its expansion. The maze of narrow alleys leads to the Churches of San Michele in Foro and the Basilica of San Frediano, the statue of Puccini, and the oval-shaped Piazza del Anfiteatro. Climb the Guinigi tower with oak trees on the top to enjoy an excellent view of the city. Each year on 13th September, Lucca is decorated with candles, and at night they switch off all the electric lights when the procession begins.

San Gimignano

Like many other charming villages in Tuscany, Montepulciano lies on a hilltop surrounded by a typical landscape of Tuscany, dotted with cypresses and vineyards, producing one of the best-quality wines in the world.

Monteriggioni

Small buses and escalators facilitate visitors to get to the top of Siena, dominated by the impressive cathedral. Michelangelo, Bernini, Donatello, and the Pisanos all contributed to the cathedral’s sculptures. The unique marble mosaic and “graffito” inlay of the floor took 500 years to complete.

Siena

Descend to the main square, the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race takes place every year. The representatives of different districts make three rounds at the fastest speed possible on the sand-covered square. The event is marked by spectacular celebrations. The circular city wall fortified with 14 towers is the main attraction of Monteriggioni. 

Part of this wall is passable, from where visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of the peculiar city. Its medieval festival attracts plenty of visitors every year.  Volterra is known for its Etruscan origins, but it also abounds in ruins from Roman times. The Roman theater is one of its main attractions. Volterra is also the city of alabaster stone that is sold all over the world.   Pitigliano was called “Little Jerusalem” because of the Synagogue and the Jewish quarter built around it, who found refuge against prosecution. Amazingly, the town was carved out of volcanic rock.

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