This is for me a Tuscan hidden gem to discover and explore!
The historical capital is the medieval town of Pescia from which starts the Svizzera Pesciatina, green hills and rich streams or small water courses that go through and characterize such an area.What I like most is to visit the little villages of the area the so-called “dieci castella” (10 stars) full of honeycomb of teeny lanes with in each stone, corner, image, a moment of a past time full of magic atmosphere. The “dieci castella” are: Vellano, Pietrabuona, Medicina, Aramo, Fibbialla di Valleriana, Sorana, S. Quirico, Castelvecchio, Stiappa, Pontito and can be reached by old walking paths or local roads, and the panoramic and breathtaking views that you admire from there are amazing! In addition to a rich history, Svizzera Pesciatina is a suitable place for people who love trekking, an area full of paths that run inside the woods, crossing over streams and old bridges and where you can see a rich fauna. The best way to enjoy the area is to stay in a one of the several farmhouses of the area that offer accommodation in the heart of this hidden part of Tuscany. This is a guestpost written by Amanda Lavelli, one of the readers of Around Tuscany. Amanda lives and works in Tuscany, she loves nature and her dream is to open an "agriturismo" in Tuscany. She is married, mother of two teenagers and describe herself as "an enthusiastic, curious and optimistic person". Her blog is http://amandalavelli.wordpress.com