Most Beautiful Towns in Tuscany, Italy
Spend your holiday in Tuscany is the perfect way. Many interesting towns you can find in Tuscany. The area is full of vineyards, villas and small towns will make you feel like being in a romantic journey.
Tuscany is awash with idyllic charm, everything from the architecture to the landscape is captivating and inviting in equal measure. Choosing which typical Tuscan villages and towns to visit on your holiday can be challenging, especially if you want to stay off the beaten track. The best way to explore is by car. Driving around this gorgeous region is a revelation, and a great way to see as much as possible from your villa in Tuscany. We’ve researched some the most authentic and beautiful towns and villages in Tuscany to give you a real taste of ‘vita Italiana’. Medieval histories, walled towns and renaissance stylings await.
Tuscany offers many different experiences, on one hand there are the art cities such as Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca, on the other there’s the countryside with its towns, villages, hills, castles and vineyards. One of the best things about Tuscany is getting lost in the small roads of the territory and discover new hidden gems: beautiful and ancient towns where we can feel a different atmosphere from everywhere else in the world. If you don’t know from where to start, here you’ll find a charming small towns that boast the Bandiera Arancione.
6 Best Towns in Tuscany
Montepulciano is a medieval and renaissance village with Etruscan origin, set in southern Tuscany in the province of Siena. It is renowned for the production of food such as pork, Pici pasta, lentils and for the famous Vino Nobile Red wine. The main sights to see are the Romanesque style Town hall, the Piazza Grande, several churches, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Biagio and many workshops and mosaic studios in the centre.
Certaldo is one of the few medieval hamlet still intact built between 12th and 15th century, set in the heart of Tuscany. The centre hosts workshops, taverns and traditional restaurants, churches and museums. Do not miss the famous Mercantia festival, international festival of street arts during the month of July.
Barga is a must-see if you are going to explore northern Tuscany. This medieval town is a true hidden gem due to its location in the Tuscan-Apennine hills at 410 metres above sea level, dominated by the Pania della Croce, a mountain in the Apuan Alps.
In Castiglion Fiorentino everything is either up or down. The peak is more like a pimple head and everything else is on the side. Located between Arezzo and Cortona, it is renowned for the Etruscan archeological site and for the nine arch loggia, overlooking the valley, constructed by Vasari in 1513.
Chiusi is a very small town but it boasts some extraordinary necropolis, the Porsenna’s Labyrinth and the National Archaeological Museum, which houses a real treasure of Etruscan finds and Greek and Roman pottery. The Etruscans of Chiusi made a particular kind of pottery called Bucchero ware that is very dark and imitates metal. The lake of Chiusi (located northeast of the city) is a perfect place in tuscany for those who love nature and sports. Among the local products, do not forget to taste the olive oil DOP Terre di Siena and wine (Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, IGT Toscana).
The most well-known Tuscan village on our list, this one may be bordering on town status, but San Gimignano started life in the 1150s as an Etruscan village. Today, the 14 towers of this Medieval walled community provide an understandable draw for tourists seeking history, atmosphere and a taste of the rural Italy of old. Several museums and galleries make this a varied and cultural village to visit in Tuscany.