If you are looking for places where you can disconnect from the stress of everyday life and also educate yourself culturally, you'll find them in the most beautiful towns in Italy (or the official list of the "borghi più belli d'Italia.") Throughout Tuscany every corner has surprises to offer: churches with incredible artworks, trattorias with mouthwatering Tuscan cuisine and workshops where you can still see antique artisan traditions taking place. From the Terre d'Arezzo, to the Terre Senesi to the Maremma countryside, even though you get the sense that you're living outside time, you also realize you're in places where atmospheres and flavors and scents of another time still live on.
In the dreamlike atmosphere of the Chianti area, immersed in its beautiful hills and panoramic views, Montefioralle enchants with its medieval atmosphere, delicious food, natural landscape and numerous Chianti Classico-producing companies. If you instead head to the wine paths through the Pisan hills, you'll end up in Montescudaio, another excellent place in the Doc wine panorama. But the "nectar of the gods" isn't the only reason to visit. Here history and food and wine meet like nowhere else.
In the countryside near Arezzo there are the medieval elements of Anghiari, Castelfranco di Sopra and Loro Ciufferna. These places are celebrated not just for their fable-like landscapes, but also for the charming little nooks of their historic centers, where towers, palaces and Romanesque churches add atmosphere.
In the heart of the Casentino area, the most beautiful valley of Tuscany, Poppi overlooks a hill with the unmistakable outline of the castle tower. Those who want to relive the Middle Ages in all its glory have to go explore the center, the manor, the routes through the abbeys and charming squares.
The journey continues in the Mugello area, where the most interesting place is definitely Scarperia. The fortified settlement, protected by two large walls, holds the Palazzo Vicari, a remarkable example of fourteenth-century architecture.
In the Valle del Serchio, an area rich in natue with uncontaminated landscapes and antique spas, Barga and Coreglia Alteminelli are among the most beautiful villages, two medieval fiefdoms that still retain their original features. Here history and nature merge to create incredible opportunities, like discovering more about the most striking part of the Tuscan mountains, the Apuan Alps.
In the dream setting of the Appenino Pistoiese, surrounded by woods and surrounded by towering peaks, you'll find Cutigliano. Nature, good food and breathtaking scenery, combined with its historical heritage, are all what make it an absolute must.
In the heart of the countryside of the Crete Senesi, once a passage point along the Via Francigena pilgrimage route, an impressive place to stop is Buonconvento. Not far away, another stunning location is Cetona, one of the villages of Etruscan origin of the Valdichiana. Exploring its small paved streets, with their palaces and Renaissance squares, will make you feel like you're existing outside time.
One of the gems along the Tuscan Archipelago, where sea, sky and earth come together like the colors of a painter's palette, is Giglio Castello. Picturesque sites, towers above the sea and hiking trails are just a few of the many appealing things that the Isola del Giglio offers.
The Maremma has its own wild landscapes and is famous for its "butteri" cowboys. This is a place suspended in time. In the fortified villages of Pitigliano and Sorano and in the necropolises ofSovana, you can still see the majestic evidence of the Etruscan civilization.