We went on a 3 day trip to Southern Tuscany last week. Southern Tuscany is the home of the chiantithe Super Tuscans, and too many other marvelous and delicious things to name. While the food and drink are enough to warrant several trips per year (which we take), the place itself is magical. 

First glimpses of the main piazza in Montemerano.

First glimpses of the main piazza in Montemerano.

Each villa had it's own small jungle outside. Absolutely breathtaking to see!

Each villa had it’s own small jungle outside. Absolutely breathtaking to see!

Wouldn't you love to come home to this?

Wouldn’t you love to come home to this?

Magical is not a word that I just toss around like a bone for our dog. In fact, I don’t like the word at all. It seems too girly and feminine and romantic for my tastes. Montemerano, however, is magical.

In every sense of the word. The village is located at the top of a hill just 7km from Saturnia and its natural thermal hot springs, and is the best preserved Medieval village in Maremma. 

The arches of Montemerano - over 1 billion served!

The arches of Montemerano – over 1 billion served!

We explored the entire village, had an excellent pizza at the Bar Pizzeria dal Moro, and then went back for some moonlit pics of the main square before returning to Saturnia for the night. 

A full moon over Montemerano.

A full moon over Montemerano.

The main piazza bathed in moonlight.

The main piazza bathed in moonlight.

My words will never describe the rustic villas in tufo adorned with the lush foliage and flowers of the region, the cobblestone streets, or the beautiful silence of a square after dinner, so I have posted some of my photos. 

Enjoy….or better yet, plan a trip!

Take a break outside and enjoy the scenery.

Take a break outside and enjoy the scenery.

Montemerano: Big on beauty, not so big on dryers.

Montemerano: Big on beauty, not so big on dryers.

A rustic fairy tale in Tuscany.

A rustic fairy tale in Tuscany.

Montemerano must be full of green thumbs!

Montemerano must be full of green thumbs!