The Secret Tuscany

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A weekend of Sacred Forests and ancient shrines in the heart of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Where there is a hidden corner of Italy to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback, in the season in which he gives his best: the autumn. Among new wines, chestnuts and stories around the campfire

Weekend in Tuscany less attacked by Italian and foreign tourism, but certainly no less worthy a visit.

Indeed, the National Park of Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona Campigna and is the largest forest area in Italy and one of the most valuable forest areas in Europe. A stretch of the Apennines, which embraces the Tuscany Mugello and the Casentino and Romagna arrives at Forlì and Cesena, the most handled in Italy, more than 36,000 acres of lush nature, a blanket of trees (pine, beech, chestnut trees) you lose the horizon and not more than 1500 residents within the protected area.
This apotheosis of flora and fauna (where lives the largest wolf population of the northern and abundance of wild boars, deer, roe deer and mouflon) is easily accessible - on foot, horseback, mountain biking, and winter with Ski - thanks to the 600 km network of trails: 9 easiest routes to teaching character, suitable for school groups and families, like the one that leads to the Holy Mount La Verna, the one which reveals the Acquacheta cascade, described by Dante in the sixteenth canto, or to Tredozio-Lake Bridge, others more challenging, such as the Lama Forest, one of the ascent to Mount Tiravento, or the path of the Sacred Forests, designed for more experienced hikers and consists of seven day journey to discover the most attractive area.

Trails for everyone

There are also trails, created with fittings suitable for children, the elderly and handicapped. Embedded in this extraordinary green are two great centers of religious and spiritual attraction - the hermitage of Camaldoli and the sanctuary of La Verna - as well as small villages and towns that have great historical and artistic treasures: castles, Romanesque churches, monasteries, palaces mansions that overlook streets or arcades are caught in a maze of narrow, winding streets. Poppi worth a visit, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, dominated by the Castello dei Conti Guidi Pratovecchio, where he also established the Park Authority, Be, famous for the production of soft cloth casentino, symbol of the 1300 this valley, which was originally worn by monks and mountaineers and then became a fabric of great elegance and high demand, and then Santa Sofia, Badia Prataglia, Tredington, San Godenzo ..

Flavors of Fall

Autumn is the best time to visit the Casentino, not only for the colors that make it unique, but also for the events taking place in many locations and specialties for which you can enjoy. In particular, to Wednesday, December 8 the whole area of Pratomagno Casentinese is animated by "Taste of Autumn", an initiative that includes many local festivals that magnify local produce, with tastings and exhibitions, mainly chestnut, wine and polenta : from the polenta festival which takes place on 8 December, Faltona (village of Talla) chestnut (and new wine) in Carda November 28. Make unique festivals Chestnut Casentinese readings of fairy tales and stories around the fire in the traditional places: squeegees, barns, old kitchens, mills and castles.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Nov 2010 (#)

sounds lovely. I would like to see the area and the mouflon sheep!
All these types of links make me want to travel.

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author avatar francesco
17th Nov 2010 (#)

If you make a trip to Italy, I invite you to my little country, I'll show you a unique sight: the setting sun the Aeolian Islands and the Stromboli volcano.

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