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The top 10 most beautiful villages of Tuscany

<i>In Toscane is veel historie te vinden. Elke stad heeft zijn charme en eigen verhaal. Cultuurrijke steden of middeleeuwse dorpjes, ze zijn allemaal even bijzonder. Wil je weten welke steden je niet mag missen tijdens de vakantie in Toscane?</i>
1. The castle of Populonia
Populonia is a small village of only 2 streets. The eye catcher of the village is the castle with a beautiful tower. You can already spot this tower from far. Next to the village is a large archaeological park where you can stroll around for hours. There are 4 different routes that you can walk. When you visit Populonia and you don’t like archaeological sites, you can also choose to spend a day at the beach.
2. Historical and beautiful Siena
Siena is one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. There are many historical buildings, of which the black and white striped buildings are the best known. Visit also the Palazzo Pubblico, Duomo and old town hall. In Siena you can find many small restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Italian dishes on the terrace. One of the most beautiful squares of Siena is the Piazza del Campo, in the form of a shell.
3. Capital Florence is breathing art and culture
Florence is the capital and busiest city of Tuscany. Every year more than 10 million tourists are visiting Florence. It is a beautiful city with a rich history and architecture and a lot of pictorial art, lecture and sculptures. Over the years many art-historical treasures and palaces are given to the city. If you are visiting Florence for just one day , you have to plan well in advance what you want to see. For only the highlights you can already spend a week in the city.

In the centre of Florence many nice restaurants can be found. Do you want a simple pizza or do you want to dine culinary? It is all possible!
4. Cycle on the city wall of Lucca
Lucca is well known of its cities walls. Tip! Hire a bicycle to ride over these city walls. Furthermore the city has many churches which you can visit. The most known cathedral is the Duomo di San Martino, which is named after the patron saint of the city Sint Maarten. The Torre dei Giunigi is also famous in Lucca. It is not only famous because of the beautiful view over the city, but also because of the trees on top of the tower.
5. San Gimignano with 14 towers
San Gimignano is known because of the many towers in the city. It used to be 72 towers , but nowadays only 14 of them are left. Every summer the city attracts many tourists. There are a lot of different squares and shopping streets. Many buildings in San Gimignano date from the 12th and 13th century. There is a lot to see that you don’t want to miss out. You can think of Porta San Giovanni and Porta San Matteo with its special medieval architecture. All roads in San Gimignano lead to the highest point of the village where the Piazza Duomo is located.
6. Volterra less known, but not less beautiful
Volterra is a small city in the West side of Tuscany. The city used to be an important economic pillar. A lot of iron and silver was extracted from the soil. However Volterra is less known then Siena or Florence, it is equally beautiful! The narrow streets, nice shops and the architecture in combination with the Italian sun will give you an unforgettable impression of the city.
7. Magnificent 16th century Pitigliano
Pitigliano is a small village in the province of Grossetto in the south-west part of Tuscany. On your way to the village you will have a beautiful view on the surroundings. From far away you can already see the magnificent village. Pitigliano has city walls, who are built in the 16th century. The village is car free, which means that if you want to visit the centre you have to park outside.

If you walk under the big city gate you will enter the old centre of the village. First you will see a small square , where the theatre is located. A bit further you will see the most important square of Pitigliano, namely Piazza Fortezza Orsini with a beautiful fountain. During high season you can find multiple terraces and nice restaurants.
8. The thermal baths of Saturnia
Saturnia is a small village build on a hill and famous because of its thermal baths. You can see these thermal baths from the hill. The baths come from various sources that extend from the mountain Amiata till the hills of Roselle. The thermal baths can be used for free and many tourists are making use of that. The water has a comfortable temperature of 37 degrees. It is recommendable to wear water shoes because of the greyish sand and possible sharp stones.
9. Pisa is much more than a leaning tower
Pisa is almost the best known city of Italy. The city is famous because of its famous monument, the leaning tower, also called ‘Torre pendent di Pisa’. The tower is located near the cathedral ‘Duomo di Pisa’. After all Pisa is more than its famous tower. Every year millions of tourists are visiting Pisa to learn more about the history of the village. Another attraction in this city is the oldest botanical garden in the world! Pisa is a real student city with a university which is built in 1343. One of the most famous students of this university was Galileo Galilei. The historical centre is still partly enclosed by city walls. These cities walls are built in the 12th century. Back in the days it was possible to walk over these walls , but nowadays this is not possible anymore.
10. Campsites in Tuscany
Stay in one of our luxurious mobile homes in Tuscany. Our accommodations can be found on top campsites in Tuscany and the Tuscan coast. These campsites have an excellent location to discover the beauty of Tuscany. In addition each campsite offers a wide range of facilities and activities for the whole family.
Do you want more information about 1 of these cities or about a campsite near these cities?
Do you want personal advice? Call with one of our employees of the Gustocamp office. Monday until Friday reachable by telephone from 9.00 until 17.00 at telephone number +44 (0)1706438006 or send an e-mail to info@gustocamp.co.uk.
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