The Casentino Itinerary
Casentino is known as the “Valley of the Soul“, with its nature and clean air making it a truly happy oasis. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, this valley is very close to Tuscany’s cities of art and is also home to the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona (where the Arno river starts) and Campigna, made up of centuries-old fir, beech and chestnut forests and recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Walking through this valley means immersing yourself in the historical events that have taken place here over the centuries. There are some incredibly important religious buildings here: the Hermitage of Camaldoli, the Sanctuary of La Verna, ancient Romanesque churches and the theatre of “Le Novelle della Nonna” by Emma Perodi (a collection of fantastic stories). Casentino is a “Medieval Island”: in ancient times, these lovely hills were home to a number of castles owned by the various local feudal lords. Dante spent some of his exile wandering from place to place here, hosted by the various Counts who lived here at the time. While staying in the castles of Romena, Porciano and Poppi, Dante wrote many of his letters and found his inspiration for some of the most famous verses in his “Divine Comedy”.
This extraordinary itinerary covers the following municipalities: Montemignaio, Castel San Niccolò, Pratovecchio Stia, Poppi, Chiusi della Verna, Bibbiena, Chitignano, Subbiano, Talla, CastelFocognano and Ortignano-Raggiolo.