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5 Must See Small Towns in Tuscany

must see small towns in Tuscany

Tuscany is the forever romanticised heart of Italian countryside.  It’s a page out of a romance novel and it’s not hard to see why so many people have celebrated it in song and literature.  The long winding roads cutting through wide green fields reaching out to connect towns etched in stone and time.  There are so many places to visit but here are out 5 must see towns in Tuscany.

Lucca

The stunning fortress town of Lucca sits on the Serchio River in Tuscany.  Famous for its amazingly preserved renaissance period city walls that trace around the historical city centre.

The city centre has an amazing ampitheatre which has been transformed into a stunning piazza.  Take time to visit the Casa di Puccini where the great composer Puccini was born.

Lucca is a quintessential Tuscan town and if you want to see more you can check out our list of 5 things to do in Lucca Italy.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a beautiful city south west of Florence that deserves a place on the list of must see small towns in Tuscany.  Come to San Gimignano to see the beautiful medieval architecture of the houses surrounding the centre city square.

Make sure you visit the The Duomo di San Gimignanos.  This 12th-century church has amazing frescoes by Ghirlandaio.

Barga

Barga is in the Lucca region of Tuscany and is a stunning town surrounded by nature.  The Garfagnana region of mountains and forest has the town of Barga at its centre so enjoy the drive in.

The main church of Barga – Collegiate Church of San Cristoforo – sits on a hilltop and takes in breathtaking views.  Construction of the church started in the 11th century and continued into the 16th century.  You’ll find fresco’s and carvings depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

Volterra

Volterra is definitely on of the must see small towns in Tuscany.  The centre of Volterra has an amazing piazza, Palazzo dei Priori has medieval frescoes and a bell tower that takes in views of the city.

You’ll also find ruins of 3rd-century baths in the cities Roman Theatre complex.  Stop by the Guarnacci Etrurian Museum, it has an vast collection of archaeological artefacts.

Explore the city more with a local Volterra tour guide.

Pitigliano

Known as Little Jerusalem for it’s local Jewish community the town dates back to 1061.  You’ll find extensive historical Etruscan remains throughout the city.

Stop by to see the The Church of Santa Maria and the city’s striking Synagogue, built in 1598. Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets and step into Italy’s Etruscan past.

Tuscany is a place to learn how to live like an Italian.  Understand why the people of this region live life with so much passion.  Meet the locals with a local Tuscany tour guide.

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