Hidden pearls of Tuscany: the region's most romantic towns

Ideal places for a couple to spend the day

The breathtaking view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo, a sunset stroll along the walls of Lucca, sipping a glass of wine with Siena's Piazza del Campo as the scenic backdrop, or even having a chat on the beautiful Mascagni Terrace in Livorno: these are just a few of the examples of why all of Tuscany is an ode to romanticism. Apart from the spectacular art cities, there are numerous fairy-tale-like towns and cities where love just comes naturally. 

Here are some suggestions on where couples can spend a beautiful day and take absolutely amazing photos. 

Montefioralle- boasts the best of both sides of Chianti: fabulous food and wine culture and dreamy scenery. The medieval town is just a short distance from Greve in Chianti. The enchanting natural scenery combines with the ancient village where you'll no doubt fall under the spell of the territory's offerings. Enjoy a good glass of Chianti Classico, a bit of Florentine steak and dishes made with wild boar sauce. This is a great place to spend time getting in touch with all of your senses, and creating harmonious balance among them. 

Pitigliano- This is one of the most breathtakingly scenic towns of the entirety of Tuscany. Beauty dominates this place, which carefully guards its ancient past, letting you take it in slowly. You'll pass through mysterious, evocative streets and steep alleyways, contemplating life as it moves at a different pace. 

Monte Amiata - It's difficult to choose between the countless enchanting towns and the biggest inactive volcano in Tuscany. Some of these towns are unrivaled in their history, traditions and more. Abbadia San Salvatore, Piancastagnaio, Roccalbegna, Arcidosso and Santa Fiora: each offers different but equally striking views, and is always full of life. You'll run into wild animals in some of the area's forests, filled with chestnut and beech trees. They seem to come out of the medieval images you see in postcards: rocks, churches, castles and more are the trademark images of the Amiata area. 

Lucignano - This small medieval village in the Valdichiana is more than just beautiful. It is home to the "Tree of Love," or the "Albero dell'Amore." This is a magnificent masterpiece of Gothic goldsmith work, about 2.60 meters high. According to legend, it brings couples good luck and eternal happiness. The old reliquary in the shape of a tree is located at the Museo Comunale in this town in the Arezzo province. 

Anghiari -This little medieval pearl is located on a gravel hill of the Valtiberina, far away from mass tourism. It is home to picturesque stone houses, streets and beautiful little squares surrounded by incredible panoramic views that lead visitors through history. The village was the setting for the famous Anghiari Battle, which Florence won; Leonardo commemorates the event in the "Palazzo Vecchio" with a masterpiece that is still a subject of study and research even today. Numerous antique workshops and restoration laboratories give this place an especially fascinating quality. 

Isola Santa
-  In the heart of the Garfagnana, you'll find this unique oasis of peace and beauty. The ancient village has little stone houses along the emerald green lake, making it the perfect place to spend a romantic day in Tuscany. It has almost fairytale-like scenery, surrounded by vibrant nature characteristic of the region. You'll get the chance to try delicious local specialties like mushrooms, farro and more tempting foods made with chestnuts and more.

Pontremoli - Shrouded in the mysteries and folklore of the Lunigiana, and located between the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Alps, this fascinating village is surrounded by chestnut and beech tree forests. You must visit the Museum of Stele Statues, which is housed in the Piagnaro castle. The museum is home to several mysterious anthropomorphic statues made in sandstone, created by people who lived in the Val di Magra in the two millennia prior to Roman takeover. A visit here is also a great opportunity to try Lunigian cuisine, particularly testaroli and varied sweets and meats.  

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