UPDATE November 2017!
I just come back from an amazing tour of Tuscany where I treat myself with this vacation package across some unknown area and now I felt the need to add 1 more place to the list (it will be the last one!)
Enjoy your reading!
When visiting Tuscany, there’s no doubt that there are lots of things to explore there. It may be in the form of places, foods, wines, culture, and much more. There surely are lots of things to explore there, and you will be amazed to find that some of them aren’t even mentioned in your usual travel blogs. If you are looking for something new or probably hidden for the eyes of many in Tuscany, then this article will provide you with that kind of information. Check out these hidden gems in Tuscany that you should witness for yourself.
Pienza – If you are looking for a historic town then this is the right place for you to start. This ideal Renaissance town has been rebuilt around 1460 by Pope Pius II and in 1996, it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This town has some picturesque streets that are steeped in history. If you want to go to this place, then you can find it in the province of Siena which can be located in the south-east area of the region.
Il Giardino di Tarrochi – Otherwise known as The Tarot Garden, is located in the Maremma area in the southern area of Tuscany and is somewhere near the border with Lazio. Upon visiting the place, you will surely be amazed because of how it resembles a true work of art that rests on a tree green hillside. It was built by an artist named Niki de Saint Phalle during the late 70s until she passed away back in 2002. This esoteric sculpture is an image of her style in which it has some great influence from tarot cards.
Lucca – This town is somewhat similar to Pienza wherein it is famous for having Renaissance buildings and the in-tact city walls that still surrounds the centre of the town. If you want to visit this town, then you should head to the northern part of Tuscany. A lot of visitors would usually consider visiting this town instead of choosing the larger ones such as Florence and Pisa. You will enjoy the historical landmarks this town brings along with its lively atmosphere that also includes annual events like the Lucca Summer Festival and the Lucca Film Festival.
Montemassi – This fortified village is found to the north of the city of Grosseto in Maremma. You can find a ruined castle on the highest point of the village wherein one of which belonged to the Salimbeni family. When you’re in the location of the castle, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys.
Hot Springs in Bagno Vignoni – If you love hot springs then this one is the right place to be considering that it has been used by both locals and tourists for hundreds of years already. You can find the old thermal bath in the centre of the town and even though that it may no longer be in use, you can take the short walk to the Parco dei Mulini to give its natural thermal springs a try. You can stay there for 1 day of more, since there are resorts all over the place. I used an organised tour but truth to be told you can easily do it yourself because they speak English quite well.