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Must-Visit Tuscan Villages

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Tuscany comes alive in its towns and villages, where traditions are honored, history is celebrated, and visitors are welcomed like family. Head to hilltop towns like Volterra to wander through medieval piazzas, riverside Lucca to bike along ancient city walls, and towns like Montalcino and Pienza to savor local specialties (wine in the former, cheese in the latter). Visit during a festival for even more flavor.
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56048 Volterra, Province of Pisa, Italy
When I travel to other countries, I find myself drawn to windows, doors and gates. I find them far more artistic than those in the States. As I wondered around the beautiful hill town of Volterra in Tuscany, I came upon this beautiful wood door to...
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53045 Montepulciano, Province of Siena, Italy
Every last Sunday of August, Bravio delle Botti ( Barrel race) and a week of amazing events take place in the historic center of Montepulciano.
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53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy
Forty-five minutes to an hour away from Florence awaits the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bordered by 13th-century walls and featuring a triangular central square lined with historic houses, the town is...
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53026 Pienza SI, Italy
The gorgeous Tuscan hill town of Pienza is probably most famous for something most people might not associate with Italy: cheese. Pienza produces some of the finest-quality pecorino cheese in the world, made from rich sheep's milk. Pienza's...
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58043 Castiglione della Pescaia, Province of Grosseto, Italy
Last summer we spent an unforgettable week in Tuscany, in the little town of Castiglione della Pescaia. It's a typical small coastal town, with people on scooters everywhere, terraces full of people enjoying cappuccinos, and fishermen going out to...
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
There is much to be said for Lucca. The buccellato bread with raisins and anise that smells sweet and green, with dots of juicy dried fruit. The storied history. The inviting restaurants. Perhaps most unique are the walls. The walls you'll hear...
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55049 Viareggio, Province of Lucca, Italy
The Viareggio Carnevale Parade may not have the cachet of Venice's famous celebration, but this crowning event of the six-day festival has an intoxicating, joyful flair. The 2013 Carnevale begins on January 27th and ends on February 17th. You must...
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52100 Arezzo, Province of Arezzo, Italy
It's worth it to plan a trip to Italy so you'll be in Arezzo the first Sunday of the month. That's when the medieval hilltop town hosts Italy's largest outdoor antique market--with over five hundred vendors spreading out their treasures in the...
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53035 Monteriggioni, Province of Siena, Italy
Monteriggioni is a tiny walled town populated by a handful of shops and restaurants. But, in its day, it was front line defence for Siena from the rival Florentines. In fact, it was so important that the town was even mentioned in Dante’s Divine...
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53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy
Driving through Tuscany this May, my husband and I loved everything about the region, from its classic Tuscan architecture and warm colors to its rich food and delicious wine. And we found no better place to enjoy Tuscany's wine than the...