Casentino, Italy - the valley and its artistic heritage

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The Casentino area of Tuscany to the east of Florence is a very pleasant region of countryside scattered with monasteries and castles. This quiet region, largely undiscovered and neglected by visitors to Tuscany, also has an interesting history - see history of Casentino.

The Casentino is the name given to the river basin of the upper Arno and it is within the province of Arezzo - the Casentino is one of the inland basins that characterise Tuscany and Umbria. Woodlands and rolling hills are everywhere, interspersed with high-yield crops such as vines and fruit trees, and white spruce and black pines.

Most people travelling to Italy in search of the ancient monuments and artworks in the towns and villages do not have time to stray from the popular tourist routes, so there are often places that are very interesting but have very few visitors. This is particularly the case with the Casentino region which has to compete with the many famous attractions of Tuscany!

Apart from the general attractions of the countryside we particularly suggest you visit the following as part of your trip to the Casentino region:

Poppi

Poppi, visited for the castle and medieval frescoes

See Poppi for details

cetica

The clusters of village and historic monuments around castel San Niccolo

See Cetica guide and Castel San Niccolo guide

camaldoli

The Holy Hermitage and Monastery of Camaldoli

See Camaldoli guide for details

camaldoli

The town of Pelago, with the castle of Pelago and the interesting Museum of the Parish Church of San Clemente

See Pelago guide for details

camaldoli

The district around Capolona, well known for its romanesque frescoed parish churches

See Capolona guide for details

Montemignaio

Montemignaio, in particular for the castle ruins and village church

See Montemignaio guide for details

Pratovecchio

Pratovecchio and the Castle of Romena

See Pratovecchio guide for details

Raggiolo

Raggiolo, with its historic church and Eco-museum

See Raggiolo guide for details

Bibbiena

Bibbiena, with ancient churches and a mountainous landscape

See Bibbiena guide for details

See also:

Map of Casentino and places to visit

Places to visit near Casentino

Bibbiena

Bibbiena

With its roots in Etruscan times, the village of Bibbiena is visited for its numerous small churches and palazzos

Bibbiena guide

Camaldoli

Camaldoli

Camaldoli, in Casentino, is visited for the Holy Hermitage and Monastery in the village

Camaldoli guide

Capolona

Capolona

The region around Capolona in Tuscany is visited for the traditional frescoed village churches here

Capolona guide

Castel San Niccolo

Castel San Niccolo

The historic centre of Castel San Niccolò in Tuscany is small but very picturesque and unspoiled

Castel San Niccolo guide

Cetica

Cetica

In Cetica village in Tuscany you can see a medieval stone bridge and some interesting small ancient churches

Cetica guide

Montemignaio

Montemignaio

The church and castle are the highlights in Montemignaio village, Casentino

Montemignaio guide

Pelago

Pelago

Pelago village still retains its medieval marketplace, churches and palazzos

Pelago guide

Poppi

Poppi

The small village of Poppi has an imposing 13th century castle

Poppi guide

Pratovecchio

Pratovecchio

There are several notable churches and monasteries in and near the medieval village of Pratovecchio

Pratovecchio guide

Raggiolo

Raggiolo

The small village at Raggiolo is on the side of a hill surrounded by chestnut forests

Raggiolo guide