Towers, castles, villas and abbeys characterize the landscapes of the Tuscan towns. Come with us on a journey to discover the most beautiful villages near Florence!
Tuscany is one of the Italian regions with the highest concentration of villages.
This phenomenon is closely linked to its history dating back to very distant times when the ancient Etruscans founded the towns of Populonia, Volterra, Chiusi, Sorano, Pitigliano and Saturnia.
Evidence of Etruscan grandeur and their urban planning abilities are still visible today, just think of the “Vie Cave” that connects Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano.
Between 1150 and 1350 the erlier villages are transformed into the medieval villages, enriched with brick houses and palaces that replace the wooden houses with thatched roofs typical of the first villages. Castles and fortresses are built to protect the population and wealth.
Some of these beautiful villages, such as Greve in Chianti, are formed from the expansion of the square where the market took place. Traders and artisans then established their homes near the square.
Tuscany registers a large number of “certified” villages that have obtained a quality recognition and a “brand” that guarantees its excellence.
Some villages have received more than one recognition. For example both certifications “Most beautiful villages in Italy” and “Orange flags” were obtained from:
Pienza, San Gimignano and the Val d’Orcia are also declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Tuscany is a territory of excellence regarding medieval villages and landscapes.
Seeing them all would take a long time so the tourist visiting the “Cradle of the Renaissance” can certainly concentrate on the villages near the city and easily reachable for exciting trips outside the city.
But which are the most beautiful villages near Florence? Here is a possible list.
A beautiful village a few kilometers from Florence, between the rolling of hills and rows of cypresses, where the production of blades and “sharp tools” ensured fame to local artisans.
Certaldo is the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio. A real medieval jewel crossed by narrow streets and small squares dominated by the Palazzo Pretorio, right on the top of the hill.
Pienza is located on a hill opposite the beautiful Val d’Orcia. It is a Renaissance city recognized since 1996 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The village of Pitigliano was all built in tuff and even today the spectacular inhabited area hides another underground city beneath it, made up of rocky oratories, tunnels and tunnels.
A village with an ancient history as evidenced by the Etruscan presence of the important excavations of Poggio Colla. Vicchio is also the birthplace of the great painter Giotto and offers the opportunity to visit the “Casa di Giotto” Museum on the hill of Vespignano.
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