Tuscany is not only Florence, Siena and Pisa. Tuscany has a lot of hidden gems that could be surprisingly pleasant to visit and experience, especially for those who already know this region well. However, finding them is not as simple as it may seem and that is why we have been working for you. Check out this list and prepare yourself for an alternative trip to Tuscany.
Located halfway between Siena and Arezzo, Lucignano is a small medieval village that overlooks the Valdichiana Valley. Its main attraction is probably the so called Tree of Love, proof of the grandeur of Gothic jewellery that for many years has been carrying a legend with it. In fact, it is said that paying a visit to this golden tree will bless couples, granting them good luck and a happy life.
However, Lucignano has much more to offer. Bernardo Puccini’s fortress, Vasari’s sanctuary of Madonna delle Querce and the covenant of Cappuccini are gems absolutely worth a visit. Nevertheless, what is most original about Lucignano is its architectural style. When you enter the village, you have the chance to choose between two paths: via Roma and via Matteotti. The former leads to the “poor neighborhood”, while the latter is the beginning of the “rich street”. What amazes tourists is the difference of the buildings between the two areas, that seem nothing alike.
Named after the roman God Saturn, saturnia tuscany is one of the most fascinating places of the whole country. Throughout the years, its fame has mainly increased thanks to Donysius of Halicarnassus, the famous ancient writer who has narrated Saturnia’s beauty in his works.
The town is widely known for its thermal waters, which can even reach a temperature of 37°. At the Cascate Mulino you can actually experience these waters for free and give your skin a healthy and fulfilling experience. In terms of social life, Saturnia’s main center is Piazza Vittorio Veneto, a small square with public gardens, small cafes and restaurants that are ready to amaze your palate.
“Sunken roads”, the literal meaning of this area, could already give you an approximate idea of the mystery surrounding it. Carved into mile-high tuff by the Etruscans, these long paths go through the town of Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano but their function is still unknown. Some say they were water channels, some other they were streets to transport goods, some even that they were sacred and destined to religious ceremonies. No one knows it yet, but this unique environment has an inexplicable magic.
Does this name ring a bell? Perhaps you have already heard it before but, in that case, in literature. In fact, Carlo Collodi was the pseudonym of the famous writer of Pinocchio, who spent most of his life here. And how could you blame him? Collodi is a perfect place for both children and adults. There is a park that entertains kids and families on a daily basis and that is actually dedicated to Pinocchio, there are often arts exhibitions and illustrations and the village hosts an ancient villa that belonged to the aristocratic Garzoni family. Inside the villa tourists have the chance to appreciate its marvellous garden, perfectly symmetrical and full of rare flora and fauna. A joy for the eyes.