Tuscany is a region known throughout the world for its breathtaking landscape, historical and cultural wealth, as well as the undeniable charm of its villages. In addition to the well-known places, there are others a particular village of Tuscany, that is, places where this incredible country can leave even those who think they have seen everything. Just discover them and if you don’t know them, visit them as soon as possible.
Immersed in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, Pienza is an architectural treasure that stands out for its Renaissance heritage. Designed by Bernardo Rossellino under the pontificate Pius II, born Enea Silvio Piccolomini, the city is a well-preserved example of ideal Renaissance urbanism. Walking through its streets, you perceive the harmony of proportions and the beauty of the facades overlooking the ancient square.
It is no coincidence that this village was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. No less important is the aspect of food and wine, p pecorino from PienzaPAT cheese known for its unique taste, which you can taste in many local shops.
Also in the Val d’Orcia is Bagno Vignoni, which stands out for its characteristic historic center that revolves around Piazza delle Sorgentithermal pool from 1500. This small fairyland it is famous for its thermal waters, which flow out with a constant temperature of around 52 degrees.
To visit Bagno Vignoni is to take a step back in time, to walk among the ancients stone buildings which overlook the thermal baths, today surrounded by cafes and craft shops. Among other things to see in the village, don’t miss the Church of San Giovanni and the Parco dei Mulini.
Migration Maremmafind Pitigliano, a city carved out of tuff. Also known as “Little Jerusalem” due to the historical presence of the Jewish community, this village fascinates with its cultural heritage and labyrinthine streets.
Once you reach the village, you should include it in your itinerary Cathedral, whose facade dates back to 1700, the Fountain of the Seven Gargoyles, the Palazzo Orsini Museum and the ancient Jewish Ghetto. In addition, not far from the village by car, you can also relax in the beautiful Terme di Saturnia.
Monteriggioni is located in the heart of Tuscany and is surrounded by charming countryside perfectly preserved medieval village. Its walls, some of the most famous and intact in all of Italy, surround a small village that can be explored on foot.
Walking through the cobbled streets you will understand why this is one of the lesser known Tuscan villages to visit. Among the various attractions, you can admire the main square, Piazza Roma, where the church of Santa Maria Assunta turns off. You can also walk along the village walls, which offer a panoramic view of the Siena hills.
San Gimignano can be defined a bit like the Manhattan of the Middle Ages. This village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an extraordinary example of ancient urban organization as it has remained almost untouched for centuries. Architecture and numerous towers they reflect its rich history when the center was a transit point on the Via Francigena.
Of the things to see we have to mention Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo, as well as the Civic Museum and Rocca Park. However, food and wine lovers cannot resist the call of the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignanoa delicate white wine that goes perfectly with local culinary specialties.
Another “unusual” village that you must not miss is definitely Chiusdino, located in the province of Siena. Known for hosting Abbey of San Galgano, only 12 kilometers from the center, the city is definitely worth a visit. The peculiarity of the abbey is that it is located in the open air, due to the fact that it does not have a roof. The place is certainly suggestive, and various cultural and musical events are still held here today.
It is also located nearby Montesiepi Hermitage, where there is a sword in the stone, exactly as it is in the legend. In fact, it is believed that he was placed there by San Galgano as a rejection of the military life. Finally, curiosities are also found in the surrounding countryside ancient mill famous for being immortalized in “Mulino Bianco” advertisements.