Casentino

The Casentino is one of the four main valleys in the Arezzo province, located to the north of the province. The Arno River, which originates from Mount Falterona (1654m asl), runs its first leg in this valley.

The Monte Falterona, together with the upstream Falco (1658 m asl) constitutes the northern boundary of the valley on the border with Emilia Romagna. The Alpe di Serra and the Alpe Catenaia separate the Casentino to the east by the high Tiber Valley.

In the West the Pratomagno separates it from Upper Valdarno and from our mill. The western elevations of the complex of Monte Falterona separate it from the Mugello valley.

From an administrative point of view, the valley is divided into 13 municipalities forming part of the union of municipalities of the Casentino, Bibbiena, Capolona, Castel Focagnano, Castel San Niccolo, Chitignano, Chiusi della Verna, Montemignaio, Ortignano Raggiolo, Pratovecchio, Stia, Subbiano, Talla and Poppi part of the club of the "nicest towns of Italy".

The particular characteristics of the area are probably one of the causes which led Francesco d'Assisi to choose the Verna as a place of prayer and St. Romualdo founded the hermitage of Camaldoli.

In Casentino there are also various points of interest including religious art and "The Castles of the Casentino". Of particular interest are also the Romanesque church of the Romanian town of Pratovecchio, the Sanctuary of La Verna, Camaldoli and the Hermitage of Camaldoli the shrine - monastery of Santa Maria del Sasso in Bibbiena.

The valley has seen the contrast of the people of the Lombards, Goths and Byzantines who have attested their presence in the area with fortifications in the early Middle Ages, among the best preserved castle of Poppi.

How to get there:
30 minutes by car