Tuscan villages awarded by Touring Club Italia

The “Bandiera Arancione” villages of Tuscany, currently the region with the highest number of recognitions in Italy (a remarkable 43), represent hidden gems nestled among the gentle hills and picturesque landscapes of the region. These villages, bestowed with the prestigious recognition by the Italian Touring Club, are characterized by a unique charm that tells centuries of history, culture, and traditions.
The " Bandiera Arancione " is a prestigious award conferred by the Italian Touring Club to small Italian municipalities distinguished for the quality of their tourist offerings
, the valorization of their territory, the preservation of their cultural heritage, and environmental sustainability. These municipalities provide high-quality tourist services, enhance their territory and local cultural heritage, promote environmental sustainability, and welcome visitors with kindness and authenticity. The Bandiera Arancione represents a symbol of tourism excellence and a commitment to promoting responsible and high-quality tourism in lesser-known villages and locations in Italy.

One of the most charming Bandiera Arancione villages in Tuscany is Certaldo, located in the province of Florence. With its cobbled streets and ancient stone dwellings, Certaldo exudes a timeless medieval atmosphere. Its beauty is framed by the Tower of the Pretorio Palace and the magnificent Boccaccio Square, dedicated to the famous Decameron writer, Giovanni Boccaccio, a native of this town.

Pitigliano, in the province of Grosseto, is another jewel among the Tuscan Bandiera Arancione villages. Perched on a tufa promontory, Pitigliano stands out for its houses nestled in the rock, creating a suggestive scenario that seems suspended in time. Its Etruscan origins blend with medieval history, offering visitors a unique overview of the region's rich cultural heritage.

Montemerano, also in the province of Grosseto, enchants with its narrow cobbled streets and picturesque squares. Surrounded by lush hilly landscapes and vineyards, this village offers an authentic experience of Tuscan life, where time seems to pass more slowly and traditions are still alive.

One cannot speak of the Bandiera Arancione villages of Tuscany without mentioning Montefioralle, in the province of Florence. This ancient fortified village preserves its medieval walls and rustic charm, offering visitors a true immersion into the past. The narrow alleys and stone houses give Montefioralle a magical atmosphere, perfect for those seeking an authentic experience in the heart of Tuscany.

Montepulciano, one of the most fascinating awarded villages in Tuscany, enchants with its cobbled streets, ancient noble residences, and Renaissance churches. Renowned for its “Nobile” wine, it offers unique tastings in local cellars. Among its attractions are the Church of San Biagio and the Town Hall. Montepulciano invites visitors on a journey through time, offering an unforgettable experience in the splendid Valdorcia.

Also located in the picturesque region of Valdichiana, Trequanda's narrow medieval streets and stone houses recount centuries of history and tradition. Situated on a hill, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and vineyards that characterize the Tuscan landscape. With its rustic charm and authentic atmosphere, Trequanda welcomes visitors with its tranquility and timeless beauty, inviting them to discover its hidden treasures and immerse themselves in the authentic life of a Tuscan village.

In every corner of Tuscany's Bandiera Arancione villages, there is a unique atmosphere, rich in history, culture, and authenticity. These hidden gems invite visitors to discover the treasures of the past, immersing themselves in an unforgettable journey through the traditions and breathtaking landscapes of the Tuscan region.

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