More towns and villages beautiful in Tuscany

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Time seems to have stopped in some of the villages of Tuscany.. Characterized by magical atmospheres and postcard landscapes, most of these have rightfully entered the circuit of Most beautiful villages in Italy. Let's see them together ...

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.


  1. Poppi, Arezzo
  2. Pitigliano, Grosseto
  3. Chiusdino, Siena
  4. Suvereto, Livorno
  5. Castiglione della Garfagnana, Lucca
  6. Anghiari, Arezzo
  7. Buonconvento, Siena
  8. Chianciano Terme
  9. Montalcino
  10. Saint Gimignano
  11. Volterra
  12. Montepulciano
  13. Pienza
  14. cetona
  15. Monte Argentario
  16. Forte dei Marmi
  17. Lily Castle
  18. Fiesole
  19. San Miniato
  20. Sorano
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Poppi, Arezzo

From the curious name, probably derived from the archaic term poplo, that is hill, the municipality of Poppi is included in the list of Most beautiful villages in Italy.

The history of the town is linked to that of the family that ruled it, i Guidi accounts, to whom we owe the construction of the medieval village as it can be admired today. Inside the Poppi Castle the poet stayed in 1307 and then in 1311 Dante Alighieri who, legend has it, here composed the XXXIII canto of the Inferno

  • Ideal time for a visit: at the end of August for the festival "Il Gusto dei Guidi", the first weekend of August for the frog festival, at Easter for the Easter Vigil at the hermitage of Camaldoli
  • What to see in and around the city: Castle of the Guidi counts, Church of Santa Maria Assunta and San Bartolomeo, Pieve di Santa Maria, Palazzo Crudeli, Hermitage of Camaldoli, Monastery of Camaldoli. The town of Bibbiena is 15 min
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2 - Pitigliano, Grosseto

The historic center of Pitigliano is known as the "little Jerusalem", given the presence of a historic Jewish community.

Inhabited since the time of the Etruscans, the area of ​​Pitigliano was ruled for centuries by the Orsini family, only to be annexed to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1604. Its troubled history has meant that the historic center was characterized by a series of buildings, religious and not, which to date have allowed its inclusion in the list of Most beautiful villages in Italy.

  • Ideal time for a visit: on March 19th on the occasion of the Torciata di San Giuseppe, in honor of the arrival of spring
  • What to see in and around the city: the cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Pitigliano, the numerous archaeological sites, the city walls, the medieval fortress located in the wooded area near the Fiora river, Castel dell'Acquila and Castello di Morrano. The Castro caves are only 24 min
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3 - Chiusdino, Siena

The origin of Chiusdino dates back to the Lombard domination in Tuscany. As proof of this, its own name, which derives from the Latin Cluslinum, and the title of the main church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, very frequent within the Lombard settlements.

Until the th century Chiusdino was nothing more than a small nucleus placed on the top of a hill, and closed by a small wall, which opened on a door still visible today. Subsequently, probably due to the development of agriculture, the area grew so much that it was a source of contention between the Bishop of Volterra and the counts of Gheradesca.

  • Ideal time for a visit: 3 September, for the patronal feast of Our Lady of Grace, 3 December, for the feast of San Galgano, 22 May for the feast of Santa Rita da Cascia, Easter Monday, for the feast of San Galgano. the first weekend of August, on the occasion of the Sagra di Ciaccino
  • What to see in and around the city: The Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of San Galgano, Castle of Frosini, Castle of Mirandulo, Church of San Martino Church of San Sebastiano, headquarters of the Compagnia di San Galgano, Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo. The city of Siena is 36 min
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4 - Suvereto, Livorno

Suvereto is the home to some very important wineries, and is part of the Città del Vino association, as well as of the Most beautiful villages in Italy. The name of the town derives from the Latin suber, "cork", for which Suvereto is the "cork forest".

The municipality belongs to Montioni Natural Park, characterized by a rich fauna, rare examples of Mediterranean flora, and monuments from the Napoleonic era, such as the so-called "della Baciocca" baths and a commemorative obelisk dedicated to Elisa Bonaparte, princess of Lucca and Piombino.

  • Ideal time for a visit: On the occasion of the Palio di Suvereto held in May, the occasion of the patronal feasts, and on 13 August. On weekends around 8 December, on the occasion of the Wild Boar Festival
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Aldobrandesca, Palazzo del Comune, which has been the seat of the town hall for eight centuries, Fonte degli Angeli, Cantina Petra, ENEL Research Center. The city of Piombino is 23 minutes away
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5 - Castiglione della Garfagnana, Lucca

Castiglione is part of the historic region of Gafagna. The birth of the village dates back in Roman times, when it was frequent the construction of castra, or fortified lands.

The Lion Castle, highly regarded for its strategic position. This, however, did not bring him much luck as it was at the center of numerous sieges, for this reason, the Antonellines in 1371 fortified it with a robust wall, equipped with a series of towers. Very famous is the Alpine Philharmonic of Castiglione di Garfagna, founded in 1858.

  • Ideal time for a visit: the Holy Thursday before Easter, for the Crocioni, the historical representation of the death of Jesus. The first Sunday of the year for the Feast of the Gift. The Sunday closest to July 16 for the Festa del Carmine, held every 3 years. On the evening of January 5 on the occasion of the Befana. In August, when the days of the "Medieval Festival" are held. In October, on the second Sunday, for the traditional fair dedicated to the mushroom, the scorzone truffle and the chestnut
  • What to see in and around the city: the fortress, the walls, the medieval bridge, the church of San Michele and the church of San Pietro and the Castle
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6 - Anghiari, Arezzo

Anghiari is a town in the province of Arezzo, which is part of both the circuit of Most beautiful villages in Italy that of Slow City - or of the cities of good living - and is awarded the Orange flag. Anghiari's notoriety stems from having been the theater of the battle fought between Florentines and Milanese, subsequently painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

The origins of the name are still unclear which, for some, derives from the angular shape of the castle while, for others, from the mass of gravel, on which the town stands. The castle was built in the seventh century and was at the center of numerous disputes, until, in 1104, the place was donated to the Camaldolese with the obligation to found an abbey, around which the inhabited center developed.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from the end of April to the beginning of May, for the Handicraft Market exhibition, in October for the intrepid, a bicycle ride. In the first days of November, for the Centogusti dell'Appennino event. Every second Sunday of the month, when the antiques market called Memorandia is held
  • What to see in and around the city: Parish church of Santa Maria a Corsano, Cenacle of Montauto, Castle of Montauto, Villa La Barbolana, Castle of Galbino. The city of Arezzo is 35 min
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7 - Buonconvento, Siena

Buoncovento is mentioned in history books as the place where, in 1313, Emperor Henry VII of Luxembourg, better known as Arrigo, died in Italy to restore imperial authority.

The heart of the historic center is represented by the Town Hall, where the 25 coats of arms of the ancient podestà, who ruled the area until 1270, are still visible. Two stone tablets are also displayed on the facade of the Town Hall: one with the result of the plebiscite of 1860, which saw Tuscany annex to the kingdom of Savoy , and one in 2011, for the 150th anniversary of the union of Italy. It is part of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy

  • Ideal time for a visit: at Carnival, for the parade of allegorical floats, at Easter for the regional antiques exhibition, on Good Friday on the occasion of the Via Crucis, in the days before and after 29 June, for the Festa de Patrono of Saints Peter and Paul, in July for threshing under the walls, in September for the Sagra della Valdarbia, the race of the Carretti dei Quartieri, and the beer village
  • What to see in and around the city: Bibbiano Castle, Castelnuovo Tancredi Castle, Castelrosi Castle, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Oratory of the Arciconfraternita della Misericordia. Siena is 38 min
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8 - Chianciano Terme

Nestled between the Val d'Orcia, the Valdichiana, the hills of Montepulciano and the beautiful city of Pienza, this town is one of the most famous italian spas.

Declared Unesco heritage in 2004, it is an ancient medieval village rich in art, history and natural beauty, including: the Acquasanta Park, the Fucoli Park and the Terme di Sant'Elena Park. Also not to be missed is the Civic Archaeological Museum and the Art Museum, where you can admire important works dating back to different eras, signed by artists such as Munch and Guttuso. The surrounding countryside also makes this very pretty town the perfect place to practice outdoor activities: from horseback riding to tasty and fragrant food and wine tours, admiring the beautiful typically Tuscan landscapes.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to September, to enjoy the pleasant mild climate and the spas, far from the heat of the city
  • What to see in and around the city: Acquasanta Park, Fucoli Park, Terme di Sant'Elena Park, Clock Tower, Civic Archaeological Museum of Waters, Museum of Art, Val di Chiana, Siena and its wonders, Montepulciano (the perfect place for food and wine) , Sarteano medieval castle and Chiusi lake
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9 - Montalcino

Fairy-tale, medieval, authentic, Montalcino is one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany, which has become very famous for the production of Brunello di Montalcino: one of the most renowned Italian wines.

Embellished by its characteristic historic center, in which stands the ancient Rocca: a fortress dating back to 1361, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view over the Tuscan hills.
Very interesting are the Museums (Glass Museum and Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art), the alleys scattered among majestic palaces (Palazzo dei Priori and Palazzo Vescovile) and ancient and charming cafes, where you can get lost in the discovery of a lost time and ... of an excellent glass of wine. Do not miss a visit to the churches of Sant'Agostino, Sant'Egidio and San Francesco.

  • Ideal time for a visit: February for the Wine Festival; July, the month in which the Jazz and Wine Festival is held; early September for the Honey Festival; October for the cockerel festival and for the Thrush festival, for the occasion an ancient fair is held that involves four districts of the city
  • What to see in and around the city: Glass Museum, Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo Vescovile, Churches of Sant'Agostino, Church of Sant'Egidio, Church of San Francesco, Terme di Bagno Vignoni, stretch of the Via Francigena: from San Quirico d'Orcia to Radicofani
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10 - San Gimignano

On the road between Florence and Siena stands San Gimignano: UNESCO heritage since 1990, a town very famous for its towers (72 in origin, today only 14 remain).

The pearl of the city is certainly hers Duomo, in which are preserved important paintings by masters of the Sienese school of the fourteenth century. San Gimignano is also known for another of the excellent Tuscan wines: the Vernaccia of San Gimignano, which produced only and exclusively on the small hills of the city, dates back to the 200th century. A truly unmissable Tuscan village. Not for nothing has it been renamed the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages".

  • Ideal time for a visit: June, for the Ferie delle Messi: a knightly reenactment that takes its cue from the battles of Montaperti and Cavaldino
  • What to see in and around the city: Duomo, Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca, Torre Grossa, Archaeological Museum, Spezieria dello Spedale di Santa Fina and Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Church of Sant'Agostino, Rocca di Montestaffoli, Pisa, Siena, Florence, Gambassi Terme, Larderello and the Valle del Diavolo, with its fumaroles
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11 - Volterra

City known for the extraction and processing of alabaster, the ancient Volterra was one of the most important city-states of Etruria, of which numerous testimonies remain today.

Still currently protected by its ancient thirteenth-century walls, Volterra it contains many of its ancient treasures, which capture curious tourists: from its imposing ecclesiastical buildings that overlook the beautiful Piazza San Giovanni, to the four medieval villages (Sant'Alessandro, San Lazzero, Santo Stefano and San Giusto), which creep between mazes of winding alleys. Its museums are very interesting, ranging from sacred art to Etruscan or Roman remains (the ruins of the Etruscan Acropolis and the ancient Roman Theater can still be visited), up to the Alabaster Ecomuseum. Visiting this wonderful city will be like travel between different historical periods, in the first class of a time machine.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in May Volterrana musical spring; in July Volterra theater, in August Museums by night and Volterra Jazz; in September Fiera dell'Era and Astiludio; in October the Patron Saint's Day. In addition, the craft fair is held every third Sunday of the month
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza dei Priori and its palaces, Archaeological Park, Cathedral of Santa Maria, Etruscan Museum, Ecomuseum, excursions to the surrounding valleys: Val d'Era, the ring of Monte Nero, the Berignone reserve and the Tatti forest, Pomarance Larderello (boraciferous soffioni) , Saint Gimignano
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12 - Montepulciano

Between the Valdichiana and the Val d'Orcia rises Montepulciano: a Tuscan town of Etruscan origins, famous for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Situated on the top of a hill, Montepulciano maintains a medieval beauty, studded with Renaissance touches (its marvelous palaces) and breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside, rich in vineyards.

Its two entrances are impressive: Porta al Prato and Porta delle Farine; its elegant palaces and its Church of Sant'Agostino, which was designed by Michelozzo and which houses a Crucifix (probably by Donatello) are very elegant. The tower house is very curious, where a very nice Pulcinella beats the hours every day. Unmissable and full of beauty every corner, Montepulciano is a city waiting to be discovered, full of numerous folkloristic events that tell of its ancient and colorful culture: the famous Bravio delle Botti race. It is also an excellent spa destination.

  • Ideal time for a visit: summer, to enjoy the spa and the countryside; last Sunday in August Bravio delle Botti, the famous barrel race; in September Palio dei Carretti and Watermelon Fair; in October Pumpkin festival
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza Grande and its palaces, Duomo, house of the poet Poliziano, tasting of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in the local cellars (underground and dug into the tuff), thermal baths, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Montalcino
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13 - Pienza

A few kilometers from Montepulciano, on the top of a hill, is the beautiful Pienza: the ideal city of the Renaissance. It was Enea Silvio Piccolomini, then Pope Pius II, who created this enchanting village, to embody the ideal principles of the Italian Renaissance era. And under the skills of the masters Rossellino and Alberti, the harmonious town of Pienza was born.

Very famous its Cathedral of the Assumption, which houses precious paintings of the time; the suspended garden of the Loggia, which offers a view over the Val d'Orcia; the sumptuous Palazzo Piccolomini. The centerpiece of the town is the central Piazza Pio II, surrounded by honey-colored travertine palaces. Also not to be missed is the delicious pecorino di Pienza, to be enjoyed in typical and very curious taverns.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all summer for the mild and pleasant climate and outdoor activities; at the end of summer the Palio del Cacio Fuso takes place
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza Pio II, Palazzo Piccolomini, Cathedral of the Assumption, Pieve di Corsignano
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14 - Cetona

Dating back to the VII-VI century BC, at the time of the settlement of the first Etruscan villages between Chiusi and Sarteano, Cetona is a beautiful Tuscan village in the province of Siena, since 2001 belonging to the most beautiful villages in Italy. Among pretty alleys that lead into the center, palaces and ancient towers, Cetona is a small favor, which contains art, history and beauty.

Walking through its streets, you will be involved from the many wonders: Piazza Garibaldi (whose peculiarity is that it is completely tiled in travertine), dedicated to the memory of Garibaldi and his wife Anita, who stayed in 1849 in one of the buildings that overlook it; the beautiful churches of San Michele Arcangelo and Santissima Annunziata. The Torre di Rivellino is suggestive, which belonged to the city walls; a stop at the Civic Museum is not to be missed, which houses ancient finds: from the Paleolithic era to the Bronze Age.

  • Ideal time for a visit: 25 April for the Cetona in fiore Festival, late July-early August for La Corsa delle Brocche, 2 June for the Pastrignocchi and cuckoo festival, late June-early July for the Bico festival
  • What to see in and around the city: Monte Cetona, Sarteano, CamporseFlights, Chianciano, Chiusi and Lake Chiusi
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15 - Monte Argentario

Located in the Maremma Grossetana, Monte Argentario is a scattered municipality surrounded by the sea, which it boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tuscany. The capital is Porto Santo Stefano, one famous seaside resort which develops around the tourist port of Pilarella. The town of Porto Ercole is also very beautiful: an ancient fishing village.

The beaches of Monte Argentario are enchanting, atavistic and surrounded by sparkling turquoise coves: the most famous is Cala del Gesso. On the top of the mountain you will also find the Convent of the Passionist Fathers and a wonderful panorama that will open onto the Orbetello lagoon, for a regenerating walk among oak paths and a visit to the suggestive church. Curiosity: Caravaggio died in the Argentario. His remains and his death certificate are now kept in the cemetery of Porto Ercole.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring-summer, to enjoy nature and the wonderful beaches and coves
  • What to see in and around the city: Porto Ercole Vecchia, Orbetello Lagoon, Talamone Fortress, Roman City of Cosa, Tarot Garden, Spanish Fortress, Sar Rabano Abbey, Cala del Gesso, Cannelle Beach
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16 - Forte dei Marmi

It rises in the province of Lucca one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy: Forte dei Marmi. Etymologically linked to the Fort that still stands today in the center of the city and has become its symbol. The latter was once used for defensive purposes for the exchange and trade of marble, which represented the entire basis on which the economy of the time was based.

Another historical symbol is the pier, from which the ships that transported the marble to every part of the world departed. The undisputed pearl of the city is instead Villa Bertelli: a residence dating back to the end of the nineteenth century, which over time was used for different uses and which today houses the municipal library. Numerous statues that stand up dotting Forte dei Marmi; the Ugo Guidi Museum is very interesting: the sculptor of nature, to whom five rooms are dedicated, which tell about his art and inspiration in about six hundred works.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in summer, to enjoy the sea and beaches, spring and autumn to visit the city and its museums
  • What to see in and around the city: Massarosa, Camaiore, Stazzema, Seravezza, Marina di Pietrasanta, Versiliana Park, Massaciuccoli Lake, San Rossore Natural Park.
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17 - Giglio Castello

Located 405 meters above sea level, this beautiful bmedieval orgo rises on the island of Giglio. It was built by the Pisans in the th century and was restored by the Ganduchi of Tuscany.

Today it retains its ancient appearance, which make it unique and suggestive. Towers and narrow streets, the beautiful Piazza XVIII Novembre and the beautiful view of the Rocca Aldobrandesca: an ancient defensive construction. The numerous cellars of the village are curious and characteristic, where the typical Ansonaco wine, a must try during your stay.

  • Ideal time for a visit: mid-September, for the traditional feast of the patron saint, which occurs on September 15th
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Pietro Apostolo, Rocca Aldobrandesca, Walls of Giglio Castello, Alleys and Baschetti
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18 - Fiesole

Located just 2 km from Florence, Fiesole is a cheerful town dotted with woods and hills and from ancient remains of an Etruscan and Roman past: from the th century BC it was in fact one of the most important Etruscan cities and from the rd century BC it became an ally of Rome.

Among the most important attractions we remember thearchaeological area of ​​Fiesole, with the Roman theater, the baths, an Etruscan-Roman temple and a very interesting archaeological museum; the Villa Medici, the fourth oldest villa belonging to the Medici; the convents of San Francesco and San Domenico, dating back to around 1400, which still preserve numerous works of art; and the Cathedral of San Romolo. Finally, the beautiful landscape which you can enjoy on Monte Ceceri: suggestive place where Leonardo da Vinci tested his first flying machine.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to the end of September, to enjoy the pleasant temperature and suggestive landscapes
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza Mino, Church of Sant'Alessandro, Palazzo Pretorio, Church of Santa Maria Primerana, Bandini Museum, Franciscan Missionary Ethnographic Museum, Castello Vincigliata, Florence, Settignano
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19 - San Miniato

On footsteps of the Via Francigena, between Florence and Pisa, here is San Miniato: another of the wonderful Tuscan villages, dating back to the eighth century,very famous today for its white truffles.

Many are the attractions that make San Miniato a truly enchanting place: among squares with irregular shapes, the most famous is Piazza del Popolo, and its churches adorned with paintings and sculptures! We remember the Church of San Domenico, near which is the Via Angelica, a passage between rooms richly decorated with frescoes dating back to the th-th century. Also very interesting are the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the Cathedral, the Sanctuary of the Crucifix, the Rocca di Federico II and the Accademia degli Euteleti.

  • Ideal time for a visit: between spring and autumn, for the many festivals that take place in these periods. We point out the Baccello festival and the Market Exhibition, entirely dedicated to truffles, which has been held in March for 22 years
  • What to see in and around the city: Museum of Writing, Loretino Oratory, Pisa, Florence, Vicoli Carbonai
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20 - Sorano

It stands on a tuff cliff, 379 meters above sea level, Sorano: a village originally born as a possession of the Aldobrandeschi family, in which time seems to have stopped in the Middle Ages. Remained almost entirely intact, Sorano's past is testified by the many historical finds which attract tourists from all over Italy!

Among main attractions there are: Fortezza Orsini, a suggestive tufaceous labyrinth, rich galleries dating back to the Etruscan era; the Vie Cave, yet another Etruscan testimony, of which the original use is not known; L'rock settlement of Vitozza; the Collegiate Church of San Nicola, dating back to the 400th century, which houses a th century ciborium and a canvas by Raffaello Vanni; the Masso Leopoldino, an ancient fortification from which you can enjoy a beautiful panorama; and a whole set of testimonies to be discovered around the city, among olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields.

  • Ideal time for a visit: between spring and autumn, for the beautiful sunny days and the opportunity to take part in many outdoor activities
  • What to see in and around the city: Belvedere and rock complex of San Rocco, Rock settlement of Vitozza, Etruscan Necropolis of Sovana, Castle of Montorio, Castell'Ottieri, Tombs Pola, Tifone, Sileno and Sirena.
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