We are instead in Toiano, in the municipality of Palaia, a few kilometers from Pisa. It’s an ancient village dating back to the Middle Ages, with a castle and a drawbridge (or at least what remains of it). It is a real “pearl” in the heart of the countryside and the hills of Pisa.
Toiano is one of the many “ghost” towns of Tuscany; in other words, one of those settlements that over the course of time were abandoned.
It is this peculiarity that makes it even more magical and enchanting, so much so that it was inserted by the FAI in the list of “I Luoghi del Cuore” (Places I Love) that need to be saved.
The charm and unique atmosphere of Toiano has made an indelible impression even the well-known and eccentric Milanese photographer Oliviero Toscani, who once organized here a photo contest to bring every corner of the center alive again.
Like Toiano, in Tuscany there are other solitary villages.