Churches and castles of the Casentino
Traces of the medieval period are present in every part of the valley.
Tour of churches and medieval castles and an itinerary that traces the natural course of the river Arno, where these buildings were built and it's recommend to anyone who has never visited the Casentino because it is very suggestive.
The church of Sietina
Close to our holiday home is the church of Santa Maria a Sietina, which still retains its charm of a medieval structure with beautiful frescoes from the late fourteenth century.
Along the SS 71 from Arezzo to the Casentino Umbrian Casentino meet for first Castel Nuovo.
Castello di Valenzano
Leaving the highway 71 in town
Calbenzano you arrive in Valencia.
Castle over the centuries went through several properties.
Was administered by Rondinelli of Arezzo for about 400 years until Bastogi since the end of the nineteenth century they decided to turn it into a neo-Gothic mansion in the taste of the time.
Moving further north, from up to Rassina're having other castles or ruins of castles such as Castle and Focognano Gressa near Bibbiena and many other largely built by the noble family of Conti Guidi, who dominated the Casentino until the fifteenth century.
The castle of Poppi definitely worth a visit for its privileged position from which dominates the whole Casentino from Pratomagno to the mountain of Verna.
Also retains the castle courtyard, the cistern, the frescoed halls (places the Library Rilliana and exhibitions in the summer) and paintings by Giotto's pupil Taddeo Gaddi.
Parish church and castle of Romanian
Casentino evocative landscape of the high church of Romanian, near Pratovecchio, with the castle that overlooks it and the nearby "Fontebranda" mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy.
Castle and church of Stia
Be the palace in Florence and nearby castles of Porciano Papiano and may be the ideal place to spend a relaxing day in the Upper Casentino.
The palace also houses the museum of contemporary art and the museum's ornithological Siemoni Carlo; in summer hosts various exhibitions and cultural activities.
Churches and castles in Castel San Niccolo and Montemignaio
Going from Poppi to Florence for the old road there are to see the Romanesque church of San Martino in Vado and the castle of Castel San Niccolò (Strada in Casentino) and the parish of Santa Maria Assunta and the castle of Montemignaio.
The forests of Casentino
The relationship with the nature of the Casentino compared to other valleys in the province of Arezzo has made in recent years holiday destination for complete relaxation, away from smog and noise of cities.
Within the Forest National Park Casentinesi you can go for long walks, trekking on foot or on horseback, all in the maximum relax, and rediscover a direct relationship with nature and unique in its kind.
Visit the Casentino Forests
Poggio Scali, Capo d'Arno, where the river Arno, the Lama forest, the natural reserve of Sasso Fratino Ridracoli the dam, the chestnut Miraglia and Lake of the idols. These are just some of the routes that you can do inside the park.
Even if it does not really part of the National Park, we report the Florentine side Pratomagno to visit the nearby biogenetic with the ancient forest of Vallombrosa and the abbey Order of Vallombrosa.
The National Park Authority
The name of the entity Casentino National Park, Mount Falterona and Campigna indicates that the protected area extends between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.
Compared to the Tuscan Romagna side is sweeter and gives the decline in having unique landscapes, from Mugello to Monte Penna.
The protected area is based on that of the royal forests protect dell'Alpe Casentinese made by Charles Siemoni by order of Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany after centuries of exploitation by intensive use by the monks of Camaldoli and inhabitants of the valley.
Forest Casentino was in fact as a primary source of income derived from which the wood, liqueurs, essences, but also the ingredients for perfumes and medicinal recipes.