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Montecastelli Pisano sits on the pointy top of a forest-clad hill, combining historic fortifications with the natural splendour of the Italian countryside. It’s a fair bit smaller than neighbouring Montepulciano – the town can’t hold more than a few hundred residents and hasn’t seen expansion for centuries.
Yet that’s the appeal of Montecastelli Pisano. It’s a beautiful, bite-sized portion of Tuscany that looks and feels pretty much like it did hundreds of years ago. Surrounded by ancient walls and topped by a mighty tower, the historic centre can easily be explored in a day, but we recommend longer to really enjoy the atmosphere. The town sits more than 500 metres above sea level, so make sure you journey to the church at the town’s highest point for panoramic views over the Tuscan countryside. There aren’t many eateries in the town, so you might want to head out and about for a change of scenery. We recommend the pretty town of Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina for a quick fix, or Siena if you have more time.