Italy is dotted with hill towns. And they're just what they sound like. Towns set on top of a hill. Originally built for defense a town set high on a hill could certainly see the enemies approach and ward off attacks. The problem with a hill town is you can only expand as big as your hill. Might be bad for expansion but it's great for preservation. Many hill towns retain their original character while the town expansion took place at the base of the hill.
Italy has hundreds of hill towns including Orvieto, Volterra, San Gimignano, Assisi, and Siena.
We visited several hill towns but our favorite was Montepulciano in Tuscany. Far less touristy than most of the other hill towns it made for a peaceful afternoon stroll. We visited on a Sunday and almost had the town to ourselves. Of course most of the shops and cafes were closed but it didn't hinder our exploration of the town.
The view from the wall of the surrounding countryside was lovely. High on the hill overlooking the tiled roofs of the houses and out across the valley you could see for miles.
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