Monday, January 18, 2016

Hill Towns of Italy - Montepulciano

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. 

I'm linking up Hill Towns of Italy with

A-Z Guidebook Badge

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  1. Thank you for your comment on my recent Smallest Church in America post. If you ever do happen by the church again and it has been rebuilt as you think, could you send me some pictures? I live on the west coast and doubt I will ever make it back to the Atlantic seaboard again. Thank you.
    john & >^..^<

  2. We had a week in Tuscany in 2010 as part of a long sabbatical in the UK and Europe (which is where my Hungary souvenir photo is from). We stayed in a tiny town called Gaiole in Chainti, bot far from Siena and did several drive around to various hill towns. The names elude me but they were delightful. Thanks for your continued participation in A-Z!

    1. I didn't realize there were so many hill towns. We only visited a few but they were wonderful!

  3. we have been to Rome but that is our only Italian sojourn. one day....

    1. We spent our trip outside the big cities. I hope to return and visit Rome one day.


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