• Monte Argentario

    Connected to the mainland only by two thin strips of land and a causeway, Monte Argentario feels like an island.... Read More
  • Saturnia

    Saturnia was settled even before the Etruscan period, but nowadays it's best known not for what lies buried beneath... Read More
  • Barga

    Barga is a lovely little city (one of Italy’s smallest under that classification) with a finely preserved medieval... Read More
  • Montalcino

    Tiny Montalcino, with its commanding view from high on a hill, can claim an Etruscan past. It saw a fair number... Read More
  • Cinque Terre

    "Charming" and "breathtaking" are adjectives that get a workout when you're traveling in Italy, but it's rare that... Read More
  • Pisa

    If you can get beyond the kitsch of the stalls hawking cheap souvenirs around the Leaning Tower, you'll find that... Read More
  • Abetone

    Abetone is one of the most-visited vacation spots in the Apennine Mountains, where Tuscans, Emilia-Romagnans, and... Read More
  • Bagno Vignoni

    Bagno Vignoni has been famous since Roman times for the mildly sulfurous waters that come bubbling up into the... Read More
  • Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

    Castelnuovo di Garfagnana might be the best base for exploring the Garfagnana, because it's central with respect... Read More
  • Prato

    The wool industry in this city, one of the world's largest producers of cloth, was famous throughout Europe as... Read More
  • San Quirico d'Orcia

    San Quirico d'Orcia, on the modern Via Cassia (SR2) south from Siena toward Rome, has almost-intact 15th-century... Read More
  • Viareggio

    Tobias Smollett (1721–71), the English novelist, wrote in the 1760s that Viareggio was "a kind of sea-port on the... Read More
  • Greve in Chianti

    If there is a capital of Chianti, it is Greve, a friendly market town with no shortage of cafés, enoteche (wine... Read More
  • Chianciano Terme

    People from around the world come to the città del fegato sano (city of the healthy liver) to experience the curative... Read More
  • Chiusi

    Chiusi was once one of the most powerful of the ancient cities of the Etruscan League, and it's now a valuable... Read More
  • Elba

    Elba is the Tuscan archipelago's largest island, but it resembles nearby verdant Corsica more than it does its... Read More
  • San Marcello Pistoiese

    This small town—small, but still the largest in the area—bustles in summer and winter (when it's one of Tuscany's... Read More
  • Castellina in Chianti

    Castellina in Chianti—or simply Castellina—is on a ridge above three valleys: the Val di Pesa, Val d'Arbia, and... Read More
  • Radda in Chianti

    Radda in Chianti sits on a ridge stretching between the Val di Pesa and Val d'Arbia. It is easily reached by following... Read More
  • Montepulciano

    Perched on a hilltop, Montepulciano is made up of a pyramid of redbrick buildings set within a circle of cypress... Read More
  • Volterra

    As you approach the town through bleak, rugged terrain, you can see that not all Tuscan hill towns rise above rolling... Read More
  • Cortona

    Cortona is called "Mother of Troy and Grandmother of Rome" in popular speech, and may be one of Italy's oldest... Read More
  • Panzano

    The magnificent views of the valleys of the Pesa and Greve rivers easily make Panzano one of the prettiest stops... Read More
  • Colle di Val d'Elsa

    Most people pass through on their way to and from popular tourist destinations Volterra and San Gimignano—a shame,... Read More
  • Arezzo

    Arezzo is best known for the magnificent Piero della Francesca frescoes in the church of San Francesco. It's also... Read More
  • Siena

    With its narrow streets and steep alleys, a Gothic Duomo, a bounty of early Renaissance art, and the glorious Palazzo... Read More
  • San Gimignano

    When you're on a hilltop surrounded by soaring medieval towers silhouetted against the sky, it's difficult not... Read More
  • Lucca

    Ramparts built in the 16th and 17th centuries enclose a charming fortress town filled with churches (99 of them),... Read More
  • Massa Marittima

    Massa Marittima is a charming medieval hill town with a rich mining and industrial heritage—pyrite, iron, and copper... Read More
  • Pitigliano

    From a distance, the medieval stone houses of Pitigliano look as if they melt into the cliffs upon which they are... Read More
  • Sovana

    This town of Etruscan origin was once the capital of the area in southern Tuscany dominated by the Aldobrandeschi... Read More
  • Buonconvento

    Buonconvento dates back to the 12th century, though it was surrounded by defensive walls in the later middle ages.... Read More
  • Asciano

    Founded by the Etruscans around the 5th century BC, Asciano is now a sleepy little town surrounded by 13th-century... Read More
  • Monteriggioni

    Tiny Monteriggioni makes a nice stop on the way north to Colle di Val d'Elsa, San Gimignano, or Volterra. It's... Read More
  • Gaiole in Chianti

    A market town since 1200, Gaiole is now a central destination for touring southern Chianti. A stream runs through... Read More
  • Passignano

    Other than its Romanesque abbey and the few houses clustered around it, there is very little to actually see in... Read More
  • Sansepolcro

    Originally called Borgo San Sepolcro (City of the Holy Sepulchre), this sprawling agricultural town takes its name... Read More
  • Forte dei Marmi

    Forte dei Marmi is a playground for wealthy Italians and equally well-heeled visitors. Its wide, sandy beaches—strands... Read More
  • Carrara

    Carrara, from which the famous white marble takes its name, lies in a beautiful valley midway up a spectacular... Read More
  • Bagni di Lucca

    Pretty Bagni di Lucca was a fashionable spa town in the early 19th century—in part because of its thermal waters.... Read More
  • Livorno

    Livorno is a gritty city with a long and interesting history. In the early Middle Ages it alternately belonged... Read More
  • Montelupo

    This small town, which straddles the Arno, and its surrounding villages have been producing ceramics for centuries.... Read More
  • Empoli

    Empoli, roughly halfway between Florence and Pisa, is a small town with a long history. References to the city... Read More
  • Vinci

    The small hill town from which Leonardo da Vinci derived his name is a short drive or bus ride north of Empoli.... Read More
  • San Miniato

    San Miniato has a history dating to Etruscan and Roman times; today it's a tiny, pristine hill town of narrow streets... Read More
  • Montecatini Terme

    Immortalized in Fellini's film 8½, Montecatini Terme is the home of Italy's premier terme (spas). Known for their... Read More
  • Pistoia

    Founded in the 2nd century BC as a support post for Roman troops, Pistoia grew over the centuries into an important... Read More
  • Pienza

    Pienza owes its appearance to Pope Pius II (1405–64), who had grand plans to transform his hometown of Corsignano—its... Read More