San Marcello Piteglio
Wrapping around a hill, the atmospheric old town of San Marcello Piteglio is a charming step back in time, northern Tuscany style. Known for its old-time traditions and country ways, the town maintains its mountain rhythms and focus on the outdoors. It is the "center" of the mountain communities -with several hamlets (called frazioni) under its administrative umbrella. San Marcello Pistoiese is a frazione; other pretty hamlets include Mammiano, Popiglio and Lanciole, so be sure to hike to them or visit them. Calamecca is perhaps the prettiest (but you decide!) Hiking, by the way, is a big thing in these parts. Lots of people come here to walk between the mountain villages, so bring sturdy shoes and join in, if you enjoy country walks!
Wander the brick and cobbled old town and take in the views. The outlying villages offer loads of charm -along with the astronomical observatory near Gavinana, the suspended bridge near San Marcello Pistoiese, and the tramway between Cutigliano and Doganaccia. Horse riding, mountain biking, and country meals are all attractions around here, too.
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