Poppi

The numerous hilltop towns in Tuscany have their own unique flavor and the same can be aid about Poppi, one of the smaller towns that overlooks the Arno Valley home of the Arno River.

As usual this town goes back a ways.  It’s got that medieval and feudal architecture going on but goes even further back to the days of ancient Rome.  This is why you’ll see that combination of several ages of history in the art, cuisine, architecture.

Poppi castle

Poppi castle

Speaking of architecture the primary spot to visit in Poppi is the Castle of Poppi.  It goes all the way back to the 10th century when invasion after invasion took place from the Gaelic and the Longobards.  Nowadays the castle having been rebuilt after an arson way back when houses a museum which is where fine works of the masters are held.  It also has a library of precious books and you’ll also find a chapel there too.  It’s a must see site and you can mix a bit of the romance of ancient feuds and those of fine art and academia.

Other cozy spots to visit are the Abbey of San Fedele which goes back to the 1200s, and the Church of the Madonna del Morbo which is a 17th century circular design.

hillside town of Poppi, Tuscany

hillside town of Poppi, Tuscany

These Tuscany hill top towns are accessible via usually bus and car, car rental or train.  You can also get around via bike and in some cases by horse or horse and carriage.  You’ll need to double check on the transportation and you’ll also find some hotel, bed and breakfast accommodations there and they’re quite affordable. (photo: Tomandlouisa, Larry Ferrante)