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Forget the usual tourist trail of Florence, Siena and Pisa, because Tuscany has plenty more up its sleeve than just leaning towers and the Ponte Vecchio. Laden with rustic villages of slanting red-tiled roofs, ancient Etruscan settlements draped over the foothills of the Apennines and enthralling mazes of stone and marble, this region has to be one of the most beautiful in all of Italy.

Tuscany has many beautiful hamlets to show to the whole world. Each area of the region, Lunigiana, Garfagnana, Versilia, Etruscan Coast, Maremma, Chianti, Val d’Orcia, Casentino or Valtiberina are plenty of small jewels to visit. You cannot come to Italy without visiting some of these little villages in Tuscany, on the top of a rolling hill or in the middle of a green grassy plain....

San Gimignano Forget the Seven Hills of Rome, San Gimignano’s 15 towers are just as handsome and breathtaking. Spiking the Tuscan sky and under an hour’s drive north-west of pretty, red-brick Siena, this cascading commune was first raised by the ancient Etruscans, who came and clad the undulating hills in slate and stone cottages. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Church took over, patronising the town with the glorious Sant’Agostino Basilica and the 12th-century Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, while bringing with them a steady stream of pilgrims and poets who were quick to eulogise San Gimignano’s beauty and majestic surroundings of rolling cypress groves and saffron-hued fields.

Lucca Sandwiched between the wide coastal stretches that run their way along the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the marble-clad frontispieces of Pisa just to the south, Lucca clings like a limpet to the verdant lowlands of the Serchio River basin. It’s encircled on all sides by the best-preserved Renaissance bulwarks in all of Tuscany, which have become moss-clad and claimed by the ubiquitous cypresses and eucalyptus trees over the centuries....

Marciana is situated on the slopes of Mount Capanne on the west side of the Island of Elba at 375 meters above sea level. The village itself can’t be considered mountainous, but the Mount Capanne is the highest peak on the island of Elba and reaches 1,019 meters above sea level. Its peak can be reached via cable car from Marciana and offers breathtaking views over the island, the Tuscan coast and Corsica. Marciana is one of the most ancient settlements on the island, its foundations dates back to 35 BC. The surrounding area is covered with vineyards that produce excellent wine, but you can also count on seeing a thermal spring and beautiful beaches.

Cortona Draped over the rising hillsides of the pre-Apennines on the extreme eastern fringes of Tuscany, Cortona is a stone-clad town topped with one gorgeous medieval tower, and littered with winding alleyways where swinging washing lines give way to blooming hanging baskets of rose flowers and sage....

Fosdinovo gate of the old historical area of Lunigiana in northern Tuscany, is a small village on the top of a hill overlooking Val di Magra and Luni Plains with a 360-degree view of Apuan Alps and of the Mediterranean Sea. It is famous for the beautiful 12th century Malaspina Family Castle. You can visit its rooms and towers and listen to the tales of its old inhabitants. Do not miss to taste the delicious traditional food as Sgabei, Testaroli, honey and Vermentino wine....

Montepulciano is primarily famed for its eponymous, full-bodied variety of red grape, as testified by the town’s endless vineyards. But rustic Tuscan beauty is also why so many visitors choose to head to this red-brick and terracotta municipality on the ridges of the Val’dOrcia every year. Tight-knit lanes weave their way up to the centre, where the Piazza Grande shines with marble and travertine masterpieces. Here you’ll find the Palazzo Comunale and the Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi, with their enfolding chiselled columns and shadowy archways....

Cutigliano village Part of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the medieval village of Cutigliano stands at a height of 678 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the mountains of the Abetone ski resort. The nearest major city is Pistoia, at about 25 kilometres northwest. Thanks to its charming atmosphere, Cutigliano was awarded the “Orange Flag” label (Bandiera Arancione), a tourism quality mark given by the Italian Touring Club.
In the main square of the village you will find the yellow town hall that features coats of arms of the various Captains of the Mountain and the ancient courthouse. All around, narrow streets and quiet corners mix with ancient churches, such as the Church of the Madonna di Piazza, dating back to 1600. If you love to ski, Cutigliano is the place to be!

Collodi is the birthplace of Pinocchio, the animated marionette protagonist of one of the “best-selling book” in the world, The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Italian author Carlo Collodi. The little hamlet, under the province of Pistoia, It looks like a cascade of houses descending down from a steep hill. At the end of the town, there’s Villa Garzoni with its amazing garden Baroque style. To visit, there is also the Monumental Park of Pinocchio with fascinating sculptures of the Novel characters.

Anghiari is set on a spur of rock, it is one of the most suggestive medieval villages in Tuscany close to the border with Umbria in the area of Valtiberina. It is protected by 13th century defensive walls. Its name reminds to the famous battle between Florentines and Milanese Troops of the Visconti Family on 29 June 1440, also described by Leonardo da Vinci on a fresco in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Arcidosso is one of the municipalies of Monte Amiata standing at about 700 metres above sea level and located about 35 kilometers northeast of Grosseto. Today it is best known as the gateway to Monte Amiata Fauna Park, but also has interesting things to see in the historical center, such as the Aldobrandeschi Fortress: its construction dates back to about the year 1000. The historic centre of Arcidosso is considered one of the most striking in Amiata and develops in a long pyramid shape along the plateau dominated by the castle.

Isola Santa isn’t a typical Tuscan village because it is almost abandoned, but it still preserves its charm and it is worth a visit for its dreamy atmosphere. It is located in the Apuan Alps, in the Garfagnana area of Tuscany and most likely has medieval origins. It is thought to have been a lodging place for travellers and pilgrims. It underwent a big change in the ‘50s, when the construction of a hydroelectric plant forced the residents to leave their homes. Once in Isola Santa, you can see the artificial lake and visit the Church of San Jacopo, built in 1260 for pilgrims, and then take a beautiful hike towards the peaks of the Apuan Alps.


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