Tuscany in Italy is known to us for its Renaissance art, architecture and its diverse natural landscape encompassing the rugged Apennine Mountains and the island of Elba’s beaches. Although Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo’s “David” statue and more are the top attractions in Tuscany, its small towns and villages are also something not to be missed. The rustic villages sitting top of a hill, with slanting red-tiled roofs, ancient Etruscan settlements are something truly unique. Located at the foothills of the Apennines and enthralling mazes of stone and marble, these villages are some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. This is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, and these are the 5 Beautiful Villages In Tuscany-
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.
The full-circle view afforded from Fosdinovo’s hill-top location is remarkable. On clear days you can see all the way to the coast with the island beyond, and the spectacular vista of mountains that legend has it, inspired Dante’s Inferno. Charming narrow streets snake through the village, leading you to Piazza Garibaldi – an ideal square to watch the world go by and admire the setting.
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.
Located on a hill, San Gimignano is a beautiful village encircled by 13th-century walls. Its Piazza della Cisterna is lined with medieval houses. And the beautiful village has a 12th-century church, Duomo di San Gimignano and a skyline of medieval 15 towers. The Sant’Agostino Basilica and the 12th-century Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, its surroundings of rolling cypress groves and saffron-hued fields makes it one of the most beautiful villages in San Gimignano.
Barga is a small hill town set between Lucca and Garfagnana mountains in the Media Valle of Serchio River. Especially during summer time there’s a lively nightlife with Opera and Jazz Festivals. The main attractions are the Romanesque Duomo, the Renaissance buldings and the theatre. It is also considered the most Scottish town in Italy because of the many locals emigrated at the end of 1800. There is also a Fish and Chips Fest during summer.
This hidden ancient village in Tuscany is a rabbit-warren of very narrow cobbled streets, tiny squares, and steep staircases. The Duomo in the centre is ancient and beautiful, and provides panoramic views. Practically untouched by tourism, Barga is perfect for soaking up the true Tuscany, undisturbed by tourists.
Birthplace of the author of The Adventures of Pinocchio, Carlo Lorenzini, Collodi is a little hamlet, under the province of Pistoia. The cascade of houses descending down from a steep hill, Villa Garzoni with its amazing garden Baroque style and Monumental Park of Pinocchio are the main attractions of the village.
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.
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.