Think Tuscany – or dream Tuscany as the case may rightly be! – and perhaps your mind travels to Italy and winds up in Siena and the charming village town of San Gimignano village towns in Tuscany. Maybe you mentally visit the wonderful Cortona (of ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ fame) or some other charming Tuscan location you’ve seen in books and films about Tuscany*. Then there is Tuscany’s stunning capital of Florence – all must-see places when visiting Italy.
But luckily for all, there are also many less-known but equally as wonderful Tuscan towns to explore when visiting Italy, each more charming than the next, and many are quite unknown outside of Tuscany.
With each having a spirit of their own, every one of these quaint Tuscan village towns represents not only a great day out in the Tuscan countryside, but also a wonderful reason to visit Tuscany many times over!
San Casciano is one such charming village town that is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Tuscany. In the Val di Pesa area, this Tuscan town has Etruscan origins preceding its fascinating Roman history.
Remaining from the Etruscan times are two archeological sites that have been carefully exposed from the Tuscan earth, including The Bowman’s Grave that dates back to the 7th century BC. There are also Roman roads that connect Siena to Florence and to other important areas in Chianti and beyond, roads along which many a Roman sandal has tread in eons past.
No Tuscan village town is complete without a collection of beautiful churches, a splattering of rustic farm houses, and a smattering of wonderful vineyards that rake the Tuscan countryside surrounds.
San Casciano’s rich history in agriculture has allowed the town to stand throughout the Tuscan town’s long history, surviving attacks, takeovers, occupation, as well as surviving near-destruction during the second World War.
Luckily (for them and us alike!), the Tuscan people are a determined lot and the people of San Casciano rebuilt their charming Tuscan village town each and every time.
Today, you can easily travel to this Tuscany town from Florence on the public bus to explore the charming San Casciano town in Tuscany.
Aside from exploring the town centre, seeing the Etruscan ruins and Roman remains, walking around the town’s ancient walls, you may also wish to visit Castello di Gabbiano, a more modern Tuscan winery with restaurant.
To visit this Tuscan town with on a great small-group guided Tuscany tour that includes a visit to this off-the-beaten-track charming Tuscan village town, we have the Taste of Tuscany at the Villa wine tour. Explore the historic wine estate before undertaking a wine tasting. Tread through the terrain, enjoying spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside up-close and personal.
If you would like to immerse yourself in the Tuscan countryside and be part of the scenery that has inspired so many great artworks, we have a small-group Best of Tuscany tour visiting Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni too, as well as stopping for lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning wine estate. See the highlights of Tuscany in one spectacular day tour from Florence – Best of Tuscany small-group tour.
If you are looking for some great things to do in Tuscany to explore the Tuscan countryside and stroll through the Tuscan countryside, join us for a Perfect Morning in Tuscany small-group walking tour. Leaving from Florence’s city centre and heading to the surrounding countryside, this small-group walking tour includes, well, walking in Tuscany, as well as lunch with wine at a stunning Renaissance Villa Estate, accompanied by an expert tour guide.
To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more. You can also email us on email@example.com for more information.
* Some must-read books on Tuscany include Lisa Clifford’s ‘The Promise’ and ‘Death in the Mountains’, ‘Tuscan Countess: The Life and Extraordinary Times of Matilda of Canossa’ by Michèle K. Spike, ‘Taking Tuscany: A Novel’ by Renee Riva, ‘Twelve: A Tuscan Cookbook’ by Tessa Kiros, and ‘The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian’ by Phil Doran.