Vacation villas in Tuscany: a visit to Maremma regionby Giuseppe Lorenzulli journalist and blogger Tuscany is the most famous region of Italy and one of the most appreciated areas of Europe. It is very famous for having some of the most enchanting landscapes and views of Italy. Tuscany also offers an ancient artistic and historic heritage, wonderful palaces and good wines and if you are planning to visit this part of Italy in winter, you could rent one of the vacation villas in Tuscany. Renting a house allows you to benefit from all the comforts and intimacy of your own house and all the services offered by a hotel. There are many Italian websites where you can watch, select and book your vacation villa in Tuscany. Reserving vacation villas in Tuscany will not be a problem for you (thanks to the Internet opportunities), so we propose you a list of wonderful almost unknown places you shouldn’t miss.
Among all the towns we suggest Pitigliano, in Southern Tuscany, or more specifically, in the area of the province of Grosseto, in Maremma. Pitigliano is a characteristic village that is unique because it was entirely constructed on a large mass of tuff (therefore making it one of the most interesting places in the land of tuff). To arrive in Pitigliano, you need to take a long, windy road, from which you will immediately be able to admire the centre of the town. This small village has remained unchanged for centuries: the alleyways that come one after the other are sometimes so tight that it can be difficult for even a person to pass through. Many different antique populations have left their mark here: starting from the Etruscans all the way to the ancient Romans. During the Medieval Era, Pitigliano was a stronghold of the Aldobrandeschi’s and then of the Orsini’s.
The Etruscans dug into the tuff and created an underground city full of passageways, pools, tombs, cellars, and columbarium. Along the “Via Cave” (roads built by the Etruscans) you can admire the Etruscan necropolises. All of these necropolises are open to the public, and you should definitely check them out. Pitigliano is rich with monuments and buildings that recount history. Passing through this town you will see the giant cathedral (dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul) that is accompanied by a bell tower, and the Church of Santa Maria (previously called San Rocco) whose left side features a bas-relief from the 12th century. Also noteworthy is the sanctuary “Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie”, the splendid Palazzo Orsini (with a beautiful internal courtyard), and the Fortezza Orsini.
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