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Top 10 Florence and Tuscany by Alexandra Lawrence, Reid Bramblett

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Western Hill Towns

When people imagine the archetypal Tuscan hill town, they are most likely to be picturing those in the area west of Siena. This is where San Gimignano thrusts its grey stone towers into blue skies, where Volterra’s medieval streets and alabaster artisans sit atop “a towering great bluff that gets all the winds and sees all the world” (D H Lawrence). More off the beaten track, the underrated Elsa Valley is home to other attractive hill towns, including Colle di Val d’Elsa, Certaldo and Castelfiorentino, which have virtually no crowds and offer a better glimpse of genuine Tuscan town life.

1. San Gimignano

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