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Aerial view, hilltop town of Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

Monteriggioni is a well preserved walled town in the heart of the rolling countryside of Tuscany. The fortifications were built, between 1214 and 1219, by the Sienese at a time of tension with Florence, its northerly neighbor. Following the natural contours of the hilltop, the remparts encircle the town, and also some gardens which would have provided sustenance to the inhabitants in case of a prolonged siege. Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

Aerial view, fortification, Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

Monteriggioni is one of many tourist destinations the Tuscany countryside has to offer. Visitors can travel back to medieval times, walk the cobbled streets or the rampart walkway, visit the armory museum or the 13th-century Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

Aerial view, medieval hilltop town, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

San Gimignano is a medieval hilltop town from the 13th century. The town flourished in medieval times as it was a stopover for merchants and pilgrims on the Via Francigena (an ancient route between France and Rome). Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

Aerial view, tower-house, Unesco World Heritage Site, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

The town, nicknamed "Medieval Manhattan,” is noted for its lofty tower-houses built in the 13th century by wealthy families to display their social status. Today, only 13 towers remain out of the original 70. This ensemble of medieval architecture is a Unesco World Heritage Site. San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the city of Siena, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

The medieval town of Siena with its two landmarks: the Piazza del Campo (plaza) and the Duomo (cathedral). Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW of Torre del Mangia, Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

The Torre del Mangia (height: 88m) overlooking the Piazza del Campo. Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

The hilltop town of Montalcino overlooking the farmlands of Val d'Orcia. Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

The historic center of the hilltop town of Montepulciano. Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of San Biagio Church, Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Toscana, Italia.

The San Biagio church. Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW of an abbey, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Toscana, Italia.

The abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Asciano, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW of a marble quarry, Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Cava di Marmo, Toscana, Italia.

Marble quarry. Carrara, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a marble quarry, Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Cava di Marmo, Toscana, Italia.

Marble quarry. Carrara, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a beach, Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Spiaggia, Toscana, Italia.

Public beaches. Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a beach, Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, spiaggia, Toscana, Italia.

Private beaches. Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy.

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