27th April 2018
Montepulciano is a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s known for its vino nobile red wine. The town is primarily famed for its, full-bodied variety of red grape and how delicious it is. But rustic Tuscan beauty is also why so many visitors choose to head to this red-brick and terracotta town. Its tight-knit lanes weave their way up to the centre, where the Piazza Grande shines with marble masterpieces, the Communal Palace with its striking crenulations, the Palazzo Tarugi, enfolding chiselled columns and shadowy archways.
San Miniato is a town in the province of Pisa, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. It sits at a historically strategic location on top of three small hills where it dominates the lower Arno valley between the valleys of Egola and Elsa. It sits high and pretty, just beckoning to you to come and visit it's quiet streets and secret corners.The atmosphere of this little town is enchanting and will give you the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs, purchase a few gifts while admiring some beautiful panoramic views between Pisa and Florence.
Forget the Seven Hills of Rome, San Gimignano’s 15 towers are just as handsome and breath-taking and worthy of the camera-toting troupes they draw from the capital and nearby Florence each summer. Spiking into the Tuscan sky under an hour’s drive of pretty, red-brick Siena, this cascading town stands out.
Sandwiched between the wide coastal stretches that run their way along the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the marble-clad pieces of Pisa just to the south, Lucca clings to the lowlands of the Serchio River basin. It’s encircled on all sides by the well preserved Renaissance bulwarks in all of Tuscany, which have become moss-clad and claimed by the cypress and eucalyptus trees over the centuries. It is topped with parkland and entirely walkable. In the heart of the town, the elliptical Piazza Anfiteatro dominates with its ochre-painted stucco and sun-splashed al fresco spaces, while nearby the rises of Lucca Cathedral rarely fail to draw a gasp.
Draped over the rising hillsides of the pre-Apennines on the extreme eastern fringes of Tuscany, Cortona is a stone-clad town topped with one gorgeous medieval tower, and filled with winding alleyways where swinging washing lines give way to blooming hanging baskets of rose flowers and sage. Thanks to its high-perched position over the rolling plains of the Valdichiana below, sweeping panoramas of Central Italy are available from most all of the flagstone-covered piazzas; the shimmering waters of Lake Trasimeno glimmering like a jewel between the rugged valleys in the distance. Marketplaces also erupt on the weekends, crammed between Garibaldi Square and the Santa Maria Cathedral in a medley of red wines and lampredotto sandwiches.
Let us know if you are planning your next summer getaway to Tuscany :D