Posts Tagged ‘Tuscan villages’

Many great artists and musicians throughout history hailed from Tuscany. One of the most famous Tuscan composers is undoubtedly Giacomo Puccini. Born in 1858, and whose full name was actually Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, (it’s no wonder he was just called Giacomo!) this Tuscan is known as one of the greatest Italian [...]

The word ‘Chianti’ is synonymous with the excellent, world-famous wine. But it is not only the wine that is instantly recognisable; the Chianti region itself is known for being one of the most beautiful areas in all of Italy. With lush green landscape, rolling hills, hectares of olive groves and vineyards and woodland composed of [...]

The Chianti wine region, located in Tuscany, is one of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Italy. Home to miles upon miles of gentle rolling hills, vast vineyards and historic towns and villages nestled on hilltops, a visit to Chianti is a must. As well as being the birthplace of some of the most [...]

You’ve heard of the Palio of Siena; the world famous horserace set around the city’s central square. But what about the ‘Bravio’ of Montepulciano; a small town of ancient Etruscan origin, located south of Siena and home to stunning surrounding countryside. Both of these competitions in Siena and Montepulciano are between city districts, or ‘contrade’, [...]

The Chianti region of Italy is well known for its glorious scenery, laid back way of life, tasty cuisine and of course, its world famous wine. There are a huge number of wineries located in this area, and on May 26th 2013, they will all be opening their doors to the public, for the annual [...]

What you may not know about the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena, is that it is actually made up of many small districts, all with their own church and museum, an emblem, and a host of traditions. These neighbourhoods are called the contrade of Siena. Although they have no political function, the people who belong [...]

Siena Cathedral, or the ‘Duomo di Siena’ is one of the most impressive buildings in this beautiful Tuscan city, and a Siena excursion is not complete without paying it a visit. Completed between 1215 and 1263, it has one of the most fascinating facades in all of Italy, as well as incredible examples of Renaissance [...]

Located on a hilltop near Siena and San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, characterised by its stunning medieval walls, has been labelled a quintessential Tuscan village. It is well known for its wine production, picturesque countryside location and laid back way of life. It is also one of the most well preserved and best known walled towns in [...]

San Gimignano, Siena - Tuscany

Situated in the unspoilt Tuscan countryside and overlooking the Elsa Valley at no less than 334 metres high, is the medieval town of San Gimignano, (yes, it is rather tricky to pronounce!) with its famous ‘belle Torri’ or ‘beautiful towers’. Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, the towers were used to watch out for [...]

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