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, visited for the castle and medieval frescoes
See Poppi for details
The clusters of village and historic monuments around castel San Niccolo
The Holy Hermitage and Monastery of Camaldoli
See Camaldoli guide for details
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
The district around Capolona, well known for its romanesque frescoed parish churches
See Capolona guide for details
Montemignaio, in particular for the castle ruins and village church
See Montemignaio guide for details
Pratovecchio and the Castle of Romena
See Pratovecchio guide for details
Raggiolo, with its historic church and Eco-museum
See Raggiolo guide for details
Bibbiena, with ancient churches and a mountainous landscape
See Bibbiena guide for details