told by true lovers of "MADE IN ITALY"
told by true lovers of "MADE IN ITALY"
Tuscany, with its picture-postcard landscapes, rolling hillside vineyards and charming medieval towns, is a favorite destination for travelers seeking the quintessential Italian experience. While the famous cities and landmarks undoubtedly retain their charm, Tuscany boasts a plethora of hidden beauties waiting to be discovered during summertime.
In this article, we invite you to embark on a journey off the beaten track, revealing the lesser-known treasures that make Tuscany a true summer paradise. So here are some unusual places to visit in Tuscany this summer!
The pretty Etruscan Coast: sun, sand and Mediterranean calm
Nestled between Livorno and Piombino, the Etruscan Coast is an unspoilt stretch of coast offering peaceful beaches, azure waters and a relaxed atmosphere. Explore the charming coastal towns of Castiglioncello, San Vincenzo and Baratti, unusual little places off the typical tourist routes of international travellers. Here it is possible to slow down and immerse yourself in the slower pace of life in full Mediterranean style between the beach, the sea, small towns and typical seaside restaurants.
The wild lands of Maremma
Another option is to explore Maremma, a rough and wild region in southern Tuscany, where nature reigns supreme. Maremma is characterized by a great diversity of landscape; it is in fact possible to meet swamps, pine forests, rolling hills and crystalline waters. If you want to experience some outdoor activities in contact with nature, you can immerse yourself in the Maremma Natural Park and perhaps seek out the cool air in the woods of Monte Amiata. If, on the other hand, you are looking for unusual villages, the Maremma will amaze you between Capalbio, Pitigliano, Saturnia, Talamone and many others!
The enchanted forest of the Casentino: a fairytale escape
A wonderful option to turn from the great classics of international tourism in Tuscany and immerse yourself in authentic nature is to choose to spend a day in the enchanting Casentino Valley; a hidden gem nestled in eastern Tuscany. Surrounded by ancient forests and dominated by the imposing sanctuary of La Verna, this valley exudes a fairy-tale atmosphere. Indeed, it is possible to explore the mystical forests of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park and get in touch with the authenticity and spirituality of the place by visiting the Hermitage of Camaldoli, dating back to the 11th century. Indeed, the Casentino Valley promises a journey of tranquility and connection with nature.
Lari and the Pisan Hills for a taste of authentic Tuscany
Lari is a small medieval village perched on the hills surrounding Pisa where it is possible to walk its cobbled streets, where time seems to have stopped, and admire the imposing Castle of Lari, evidence of the historical importance of the town in the past. Also noteworthy are the rolling hills surrounding Lari, adorned with vineyards and olive groves and where it is essential to stop for food and wine taistings. Indeed, it is possible to immerse yourself in the local flavours, savoring the wines and olive oils as well as other locally produced Tuscan delicacies in this hidden corner of Tuscany.
Poppi: a medieval jewel
Located in the Casentino area, Poppi is a hidden medieval jewel that fascinates with its architectural splendor. Dominated by the majestic Castello di Poppi, this charming town offers breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. Stroll through its medieval streets, visit the beautiful Palazzo dei Conti Guidi and immerse yourself in the artistic heritage of this lesser-known Tuscan jewel.
Tuscany, with its rich history and breathtaking landscapes, goes beyond its most famous spots, offering a treasure trove of hidden beauties waiting to be explored during the summer. From calm coasts and wild nature reserves to charming medieval villages and Renaissance gems, Tuscany's hidden gems are the evidence of its diverse and captivating spirit. These are just some of the natural places and unusual villages that you can discover in Tuscany but we hope we have given you the inspiration to discover the true essence of Tuscany in all its summer magnificence.