Following the great success of the article dedicated to the most beautiful villages in Tuscany, I’ve decided to make a Part II.
Tuscany, the cradle of the Renaissance, is also a land rich in medieval villages and citadels that are part of a bucolic landscape made of enchanting valleys and scenic hills. Each borgo has its medieval story to tell, a story made of towers, walls, fortresses and narrow streets.
As there are really many surprising and suggestive smaller hill towns in Tuscany, here you’re going to find further special places to visit! Extraordinary medieval villages and fortified towns that rise spectacularly on the wonderful Tuscan hills.
Great scenery, fantastic views, picturesque alleys, lovely squares and medieval buildings… enchanting places not to be missed! Let’s discover some of them 🙂
Best Towns and Villages of Tuscany
We are in the famous Chianti area between Florence and Siena, where lovely hill towns rise here and there amid verdant hills and lush forests. Montefioralle is one of the many charming villages of Chianti, it is very tiny but incredibly beautiful and characteristic in itself. Its stone houses adorned with flowers and its incredibly narrow alleys paved with stone, make it absolutely peculiar! Here is also produced a superb Chianti wine.
Rising at the center of the Elsa valley in the province of Florence, Certaldo is extremely beautiful and suggestive. The dominant color of this little hamlet is the one of the red bricks of its impressive and magnificent medieval buildings. The views from Certaldo are also amazing, especially on the part that looks at the wonderful San Gimignano with its unmistakable towers. Here, the famous Tuscan writer Boccaccio spent the last days of his life.
Bagno Vignoni is a unique peculiar village in Val d’Orcia, where you find the most suggestive and impressive landscape and hill towns of whole Tuscany.
This is a beautiful and very characteristic place, with fantastic thermal springs and an amazing square with an ancient Renaissance pool at its center and magnificent buildings all around. For its suggestive atmosphere suspended in time, Bagno Vignoni is also one of the most romantic places to stay in Italy.
Rising on a hill top in the province of Grosseto, Sorano is also defined as the Matera of Tuscany for the peculiar characteristics of its wonderful buildings carved directly into the tuff rocks. The same characteristics are also peculiar of the more famous Pitigliano and Sovana, that all together make the so-called the città del tufo.
The village is perched at 379 meters above the sea level on a spectacular cliff overlooking the river Lente. Its suggestive center is a maze of alleys, courtyards, arches, stairs, balconies and cellars dug into the stone.
Very close to Sorano and almost on the border with Lazio, lies another hidden gem of Tuscany, the Etruscan town of Sovana. Its enchanting center developed during the Middle Ages over an Etruscan necropolis, under the control of the Aldobrandeschi family, who built the castle and the Rocca.
The heart of the village is the fabulous Piazza del Pretorio, a peculiar square unique in itself, overlooked by beautiful ancient buildings. Sovana also preserves an ancient gold treasure, that was accidentally discovered here in recent years! Follow the link above to know more!
Don’t miss the Best Towns and Villages of Tuscany – Part I, that covers San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona, Pitigliano, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, and also has a Map!