5 picturesque places to visit in Tuscany

Probably most of you have seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. I don’t know about you, but I personally loved the movie and what’s more, it really made me want to go to Tuscany and see the region myself instead of dreaming about it when watching the movie. But then again, Tuscany is huge, covering almost 23 000 square kilometers. So if you were to go there, which places should you really visit there, what might be some of the picturesque and worthwhile places to check out?

It would only make sense to start with this location considering it was also one of the locations the movie was filmed, the town which was actually made famous by the movie, or book (written by Francis Mayes). It is a picturesque hill-town surrounded by Etruscan walls which were built roughly 3000 years ago. With its beautiful views, medieval architecture, museums with valued paintings, it’s definitely one of the must-visit towns in Tuscany. And if you are thinking of making the most of your stay there, and without feeling the need to immediately buy a villa there that needs to full reconstruction, you might want to consider looking into private vacation villa rentals in the Tuscan sun.


Being the capital of the Tuscany region, and according to some, maybe the most beautiful city in Italy, it’s another must-visit place, especially for art and architecture lovers. It’s the birthplace of the Renaissance and inside its numerous galleries you can see Michelangelo’s “David” as well as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.”

A small medieval town with just 6000 people that hasn’t been discovered by so many tourists yet. It still has the ancient atmosphere of medieval towns with its narrow streets, characteristic houses. Anghiari is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Of course, truth be told, the same thing has been said about very, very many villages in Italy.

Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
A small town away from usual tourist paths, located southwest of Florence and southeast of Pisa. A town surrounded by forests of chestnut trees. If you’re looking for something quiet, romantic, and beautiful, Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina might be a good choice.

San Gimignano
One of the most famous Tuscan village, also known as the “city of beautiful towers” (The Town of Fine Towers, depending on the source). Besides the towers the city is also famous for Collegiata, which is an ancient church featuring notable frescoes.

As you can imagine, there are hundreds of villages worth checking out in Tuscany, but you need to start somewhere, and these would be just some to guide you on your way towards discovering the beautiful region of Tuscany.

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