People look for villas to
rent in Tuscany for a variety of reasons. Some want a chance to explore the local
culture, others want to sample the region's infamous food and wine. Many people choose to come to Tuscany because
of the region's strong connection to medieval times. You can travel to almost any country in
Europe and find a castle for the middle ages, but there's something about
Tuscany's many walled in cities and centuries old churches that keep bringing
people back. If you want to see some
true architecture from the past, try visiting a these towns.
San Gimignano sits atop a hill that's about 50km south of Florence, and
this small town of less than 7,000 people has been towering over the Tuscan
landscape for centuries. If you visit
San Gimignano you'll notice that the town is surrounded by 14 enormous
towers. Those towers, along with the
limestone walls, walkways and buildings, have been in the town since it was
formed during the middle ages. This
small town has a very relaxed atmosphere, you could spend a lot of time
visiting local shops and sampling local cuisine. If you can handle the climb, go to the top of
Torre Grossa on Popolo Square so that you can see a breathtaking and striking
360 degree view of the idyllic Tuscan countryside.
Siena is technically the name of a province and a city in Tuscany, but if
you want to see architecture from the middle ages you'll want to head to the
city. The center of Siena has been
declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once you see it you'll understand
why the city earned this distinct honor.
The city is famous for the annual Palio di Siena horse race, and it has
been held for centuries in the city's Piazza del Ciampo. Before Florence was considered the epicenter
for Italian art and culture, there were artists in Siena working hard to make a
name for themselves. The Torre del
Mangia is filled with sculptures and paintings from a variety of artists from
the middle ages.
Labels: Italian medieval towns, towns from the middle ages, Tuscan attractions, villas to rent in Tuscany