Casentino is the spot of Tuscany bordering the higher course of the Arno River, from its supply to the metropolis of Arezzo. Casentino is a land of castels, parish church buildings, abbeys, monasteries, fortified medieval villages and spiritual retreats. It is rightfully regarded to be a single of the most attractive valleys of Tuscany and it was listed here that St. Francis of Assisi establishedthed the Franciscan order and St. Romuald crafted his hermitages. That is why the Casentino is normally referred to as ‘the valley of the soul’.

The Casentino extends both facet of the Arno to a width of involving thirty and 60 km. The larger sized towns are all located along the Arno course, the largest becoming Bibbiena and Poppi. The villages located on the neighboring hills and mountains are typically smaller. These involves Chitignano, Chiusi della Verna, Montemignaio, Ortignano-Raggiolo and Talla.

Stia is the initially village of the Casentino that the Arno crosses in its move from the sources of Mt. Falterona. It was in the community wool manufacturing facility that the well known eco-friendly and orange-purple Casentino material has been manufactured considering that half of XIX century. The town’s structure nevertheless speaks of this not-nonetheless-overlooked identity: initially and foremost the old marketplace in Piazza Tanucci, web-site of the old wool-processing stores and rightly termed a single of Italy’s most attractive squares.

Subsequent along the Arno path, Poppi is located on a hill overlooking the river, suitable in the center of the Casentino. Because Poppi is nevertheless out of the overwhelmed keep track of, it continues to be wonderfully unspoilt. In Poppi’s historic centre there are numerous restaurants, but if you need a lot more choice, have a search in the new component of city (Ponte a Poppi) down the hill.

The castle of Poppi is the most critical historic setting up of the whole Casentino. Obtaining usually been applied as home for the community authorities, it is a single of the finest preserved of the whole Tuscany. If you are dreaming about a ‘Tuscan wedding’, you will be amazed to know the castle is now owned by the Poppi Community and its key room is hence out there for civil marriage celebrations.

Only a couple of miles down the highway from Poppi, Bibbiena is a charming medieval city with many pretty stores and a weekly industry. One of the most fascinating sights listed here is the Theater, Scene Structure and Costumes Museum recognized in 2005. As its title indicates, the museum is dedicated to the artwork of theater and just about every of its many sections promotions with the heritage of a distinct style of theater, together with Greek Theater, Roman Theater, Renaissance Theater, until eventually Modern-day Theater. A couple of miles from the center of Bibbiena you can check out Serravalle, a mountain fortification, finish with a medieval tower.

Subsequent a B-highway up from Bibbiena you can access the tiny village of La Beccia. Right here you can park the car or truck and choose the paved highway up to the monumental rock formation in which St. Francis and his followers established their dwelling in 1230. In the shadow of the “Crudo Sasso” of Monte della Verna you can find the city of Chiusi, a settlement that made for the most component in the late 19th century as a welcoming position for the numerous pilgrims heading to the sanctuary.

If the steep wander has created you hungry, there is no need to be fearful. Casentino is also well known for some of the tastiest foods specialties at any time to come out of Tuscany. A pork sausage termed ‘Sanbudello’ and the community ham (‘prosciutto’) are both of those fairly well-known amid citizens as very well as vacationers. Other community merchandise not to be missed involves the ‘Abbuciato’ cheese along with chestnuts, mushrooms and the purple potato of Cetica, cultivated with conventional methods and applied in the preparation of ‘tortelli’.

This write-up is component of a collection intended to describe some journey itineraries in the lesser recognized spots of Tuscany. You can find very similar articles or blog posts masking the Reduced Maremma, Lunigiana and the smaller islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

Resource by Bob McCormack