Welcome to my very first Italy Pic of the Day! After moving to Italy in 2020, Italy has become my everyday so, everyday I’ll be sharing a little slice of what I love about my new country. This week, I’ll be focusing on Pitigliano! Easily one of my favorite non-touristy towns in Tuscany and apparently one of Lori Zainos as well. She recently named Pitigliano along with Vieste, Amalfi and Alberobello as one of the 19 most beautiful villages in Italy.
Loveliest Non-Touristy Town in Tuscany | Pitigliano
I wholeheartedly cheer Pitigliano’s inclusion in the list of Italy’s most beautiful villages because, it’s one of the least touristy villages on the list. Pitigliano is also one of the architecturally most stunning towns in southern Tuscany.
Driving into town, Pitigliano rises out of the side of a tuff spur. Like Sovana and Sorano, Pitigliano is a city carved out of Tufaceous or “Tuff” rock (volcanic rock). Collectively these cities are known as Città del Tufo (Cities of Tufo).
If you take a closer look at our Italy Pic of the Day from Pitigliano (zoomed in on below) you see some of the cave carvings Etruscans once called home. Look towards the bottom of the city at the ridge line.
Why Pitigliano, Italy Makes for Beautiful Pictures
Pitigliano dates back to 1636. Which means the centro (city center) streets are too small for modern cars. Which just leaves, people, cats and Apes and a lot of decedent silence to wander through. It’s a lot of fun to wander and photograph a city that feels like you have it to yourself!
While looking through Paolo’s collection of photos of Pitigliano, I came across the one below showing why sunset photos of Pitigliano are so beautiful. It’s all about the Tuff!
Tuff rock is formed from volcanic ash that has cooled and compacts into solid rock. Soft enough to carve, solid enough to construct it has a natural yellowish glow and porous surface. Perfect for reflecting the setting sun during magic hour, which you can catch tomorrow in our Italy Pic of the Day post!