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Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

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Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

We're headed to Italy next month with two days in Tuscany. What are your recommendations for small towns and villages in Tuscany. We'd like to avoid big cities and look for the quaint.

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1. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

We loved Pienza. Not overly touristy, small, very nice.

We enjoyed San Gimignano (sp?) in the evening after the tour buses have departed. There is the World's Best Gelato shop there - we decided it really was. Lots of good restaurants.

Certaldo is undiscovered by the tourists, very quaint but not a lot to see.

Enjoy!

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2. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

How small is SMALL?

I enjoyed walking through San Sano and meeting one of the locals out walking his dog. There is a very nice hotel/restaurant there but the whole village takes about 10 minutes to see.

Volpaia and Vertine are also wonderful to wander through but you can see both of those in less than 30 minutes. Are you looking for places to stay over night or just see?

Trequanda has a great checkerboard church complete with mummy, Serre di Rapolano has a good feel to it. I was there during their Medieval Faire with people in costumes and wonderful food and crafts demonstrations.

Monteriggioni is supposed to be amazing but also a quick visit.

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3. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

hello travellingwithtots

there are so many...take your pick: Pienza (as previously stated), San Quirico d'Orcia, Castiglione d'Orcia, Radda in Chianti, Sansepolcro, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Anghiari, Cortona...etc.

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4. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

Thanks for your replies. Next question... Where should we stay? I'm looking for a couple of rooms, a nice atmosphere, and a good price.

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5. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

I am partial to Montepulciano and Pienza is charming-- Montereggioni might as well be a Disney production it is totally 'restored' and commercialized and very tiny

there are many tiny hill towns (although they are slowly being bought up and turned in to retirement/condo communities) but the 'undiscovered' tiny towns often have nothing whatsoever to do -- as not even a place to get a cup of coffee

the tiny towns in the Etruscan tomb areas e.g. Sovana are nice to visit -- and then get a map and drive up into the hills and hike up to the old tombs

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6. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

Go to Corfino in the Garfagnana region of Lucca Province, Tuscany.

Stay at the Albergo Ristorante California. This is a quaint village of a few hundred people, unspoiled by tourists. The owners of the California speak english. The area is famous for hiking throughout Europe as well as hunting for Porcini mushrooms and the chestnut trees. The California hotel runs about 84 euros per double room/night which includes all meals for both people. There is a restaurant of course, on site. The little village enjoys magnificent views of the Garfagnana valley as does the hotel. Corfino is at 2500 ft altitude, 35 miles North of Lucca in the hills above Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

It is within easy day trips to Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Colodi (pinocchio) and many other area including the Cinque Terre beaches.

Enjoy

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7. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

Hi there, We too are looking to stay in Tuscany and Pienza looks promising. Check out the website "Heart of Tuscany-PIENZA". They are listing Holiday Houses and Historical Residences. Some look very well valued. I hope you will post your experiences once you're back. Love to know what you decided. Have a great trip.

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8. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

Pistoia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistoia ) is very nice.

The Church 'Madonna dell'umiltà' is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance

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9. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

Hi travelling with tots,

Are you travelling with tots this time?

You could try the Volterra, it is beautiful, very quaint and non too touristy, central, and if you have tots with you at Cecina you could go to Parcogallorose, children just love it, lots of animals of every kind, a restaurant in the park which serves really good food and lots of it at a very reasonable price. Plus there is plenty to see in Volterra, it has the most beautiful medieval piazza. You could also fit in a trip to San Gimigniano which is about a 20-25 min drive.

Enjoy your time in Tuscany,

Jill

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10. Re: Looking for most beautiful SMALL towns in Tuscany

My vote in Tuscany would go to Pienza, lovely small hilltop city planned, and largely rebuilt by Pope Pius II between 1458 and 1462.

San Gimignano is undoubtedly lovely but very overrun with day trippers on coaches from Florence etc.