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Hilltop Tuscany

Looking at Tuscany’s classic landscapes, you might think the hills were arranged on purpose. Take in the best sights, restaurants and more in this Italian region’s medieval hilltop towns and along its snaking roads.
A road through the vines in the northern Chianti region
COMPILED BY RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM NICOLA WILLIAMS AND BELINDA DIXON. PHOTOGRAPHS: FRANCESCO LACOBELLI/AWL IMAGES, KAILEY FLYNN/ALAMY

SIGHTS

Collegiata £

(duomosangimignano.it; Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano)

San Gimignano’s Romanesque cathedral houses frescoes depicting episodes from the Old and New Testaments. Look out, too, for the Cappella di Santa Fina, near the main altar – a Renaissance chapel adorned with naive and touching works by Domenico Ghirlandaio. These featured in Franco Zeffirel-li's 1999 film Tea with Mussolini.

Palazzo Pubblico ££

(comune.siena.it; Piazza del Campo, Siena)

Built to demonstrate Siena’s huge wealth, this 14th-century Gothic masterpiece is the visual focal point of the Campo – the city’s main square. Inside, the Museo Civico showcases rooms richly frescoed by artists of the Sienese school. Commissioned by the city’s governing body rather than by the Church, some of the frescoes depict secular subjects. Highlights are Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegories of Good and Bad Government (c. 1338–40) and Simone Martini’s Maestà (Virgin Mary in Majesty; 1315).

Pitigliano FREE

(comune.pitigliano.gr.it)

Sprouting from a volcanic rocky outcrop towering over the surrounding country, this hilltop town is surrounded by gorges, constituting a natural bastion. Within the town, stairways disappear around corners, cobbled alleys bend out of sight beneath graceful arches and reminders of the town’s once-considerable Jewish community remain in the form of a 16th-century synagogue and a unique Jewish local cuisine.

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