Characteristic is certainly a word that sums up the higgledy piggledy town of Loro Ciuffenna in Italy’s Arezzo region. Located on a slope between the River Arno and the hills that prelude the mountain of Pratomagno, this beautiful village slopes upwards to the craggy mountains above it. With its superb Romanesque bridge stretching over the ravine, it’s a wonderful place to stop and admire the enchanting jumbled colourful houses, and the natural craggy clay and sand formations that give it such a distinctive look. Wander the winding, cobbled streets and marvel at the medieval architecture – the ruins of a large water-powered mill, the church of Santa Maria Assunta, and the Palazzo Venturi a museum dedicated to local artist Venturino Venturi. Local delicacies include the zolfino bean and chestnuts. Used as a basis for many local dishes, try them in one of the delightful restaurants in town, where you can also digest the remarkable beauty of Loro Ciuffenna.