Secret doors, curtains embroidered with flowers, bell towers and sleepy cats. We must be in one of Tuscany’s countless medieval hill villages, which are the perfect venues in which to pose on panoramic terraces, sit on a flight of steps, stroll through piazzas and have a coffee with the locals. With its unmistakeable towers, San Gimignano is one of the Sienese countryside’s most beloved and visited medieval towns, but Pienza and Monteriggioni are not far behind.
In Maremma, you can see the tuff walls of Pitigliano and Sorano; in Cortona you can survey the entire Valdichiana. In Colonnata, a hamlet of the Carrara municipality, you can photograph the marble quarries and the interiors of the larderias – as well as try the famous lard itself, of course.