2 Most Picturesque Towns in Tuscany

written by Tiana Kai
Ape in Montemerano Tuscany

Day 4 of my Best of Tuscany tour in Rocchette di Fazio and Montemerano

Enter the most cliche words in the English vocabulary: quaint, charming and yes, even picturesque. It’s hard NOT to use these overused words when trying to express the beautiful towns of Rocchette di Fazio and Montemerano in Maremma.

The Quaint Rocchette di Fazio

After a full day and night in Pitigliano, it was time to visit the most precious towns in Tuscany. If you google quaint you would see a picture of Rocchette di Fazio pop up. Seriously.

I’ve never heard of this town and even kept spelling it incorrectly until an hour ago. Thanks to Rita, owner of Agriturismo Cassetta di Tartuchino, we drove up to the top of this town village of 19 inhabitants. Actually, that census is from 2001, so there may only be 7 people left.

Fabrizio of Villa Acquaviva and Annalisa met up with us to check out the sites. There’s a sweet little piazza where you can practically see the whole village as it’s the highest point over the limestone cliff. Besides the few nonni who still live there, the main sights are Pieve di Santa Cristina of the Knights Templar, Palazzo del Pretorio town hall, and the Ospedaletto di San Giovanni that was a refuge right outside the walls for travelers and pilgrims.

I met Aldemiro, the oldest man in town. He recounted the days when he begged the older kids to let him help build the roads. Even though he was too young to work, an older boy let Aldemiro work in his place and shared the pay with him. I can’t imagine what kind of stories he may have, especially from WWII since Rocchette di Fazio was used as a look-out point.

Rocchette di Fazio view over Maremma

Rocchette di Fazio House

Nonno in Italy

Aldemiro sharing some childhood memories.

Tuscan town of Rocchette di Fazio

Road trip in Maremma

Rocchette di Fazio balcony over Maremma

Rocchette di Fazio streets

Maremma Village Rocchette di Fazio

The Oh So Charming Montemerano

I have no words. Zero. This place is preciously beautiful, so if I try too hard to explain it I might as well just vomit the whole thesaurus.

Rita drove me up here after passing through Manciano, a quick 6 kilometer skip away from where I was staying for the next few nights at B&B Locanda Il Poderino.

Montemerano has everything you would expect from Tuscany. Old. Small. Laundry. Vines. My goodness, I’ve never seen so many vines and flowers in one square meter before.

The main attractions beside the Instagramable houses are: Pieve di San Lorenzo is the oldest building from the 12th Century and was once a church with a baptistry, the church of San Giorgio and Madonna del Cavalluzzo, and the most fascinating attractions for me were the walls of Montemerano.

You can live in the 700 year old walls! Don’t think that only rodents live in walls, think expensive apartments that are probably as small as the smallest studio in New York City and then even smaller.

Wild flowers in Tuscany Montemerano

Nonno in Montemerano Tuscany

Laundry in Maremma Montemerano

Travel to Maremma Montemerano

Nonni in Italy

Nonni doing their thing.

House in Maremma, Montemerano

Visit Montemerano Maremma

After a full day of trekking through these towns we had time to visit the historical center of Manciano and have one hell of a dinner before day 5 in Maremma.

Was I right? Were these not the most quintessential Tuscan towns you’ve ever seen?

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Kenny Kim August 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

Love the photos Tiana! Haven’t been to these towns yet but they sure look beautiful!

Tiana Kai August 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Oh Kenny, you would be in heaven. Every corner looks like a fake movie set, it’s crazy!

Fabrizio D'Ascenzi August 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

love love love! <3

Tiana Kai August 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Thank you so much, you know how much I love Montemerano! It was so fun of you to join us at Rocchette, I hope to do it again soon.

Fabrizio D'Ascenzi August 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

yes I know! Remember that every time you would come back I’ll be your personal Cicerone! ^_^

Tiana Kai August 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm


Becky Padmore August 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Beautiful! I also have a soft spot for Siena 🙂

Tiana Kai August 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I love Siena, I really need to go back and spend more than a full day there. So much to see!

BrowsingItaly August 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Too gorgeous! Taking notes and looks like an extremely well-kept town. Love places like these that looks like you have stepped back in time.

Tiana Kai August 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Completely back in time, it took my breath away!

ferruccio August 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

I use to live there in Rocchette di fazio, we are actually sealing one of the houses there, the 6th picture, that is one of the part of the house

Tiana Kai August 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

What a small world! Yes, I saw the Vendita sign on it! What a beautiful area.

obserwatore. eu October 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

Yes, it’s true – completely back in time! Nice!:)

Tiana Kai October 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Thank you, yes it’s such a dreamy place to explore!

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