Top things to do in Casentino Valley

Top Choice Monastery in Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna

Santuario della Verna

This remote Franciscan monastic complex is where St Francis of Assisi is said to have received the stigmata and is a major pilgrimage destination. The Corridoio delle Stimmate, decorated with modern frescoes recount…
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Il Cedro

Utterly fantastic, 100% homemade cucina tipica Casentinese (typical Casentino cuisine) is the drawcard of this gem of a family-run village bistro, squirrelled away for the last 45 years in the tiny hamlet of Moggion…
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Toscana Twist

Toscana Twist is a rare and wonderful breed in rural Tuscany. This exceptionally contemporary address near the train station is a pedigree hybrid. Its day begins with breakfast – delicious cakes, cookies and pastrie…
Tuscan in Bibbiena

Il Tirabusciò

A quintessential address to visit for Slow Food Movement cooking, the Corkscrew is a refined and classic trattoria complete with linen window drapes, white tablecloths and wood-beamed ceiling. The menu is an ode to …
Monastery in Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna

Sacro Eremo e Monastero di Camaldoli

Hidden in the dense forest of the national park are the Benedictine hermitage and monastery of Camaldoli, founded between 1024 and 1025 by St Romualdo and now home to a community of over 20 monks. From Poppi, follow…
Tuscan in Poppi

Osteria Il Porto

Follow the locals to this wildly popular eatery, reminiscent of a German beer garden with its large summer garden strewn with bench-clad tables and a relaxed vibe. Cuisine is staunchly Tuscan, with lots of regional …
Tuscan in Poppi

La Vite

This easy dine in Soci, 5km east of Poppi, is run by young dynamic sommelier Barbara and chef Cesare. It's a real favourite with locals – and travellers – hungry for a good-value feast of top-quality Tuscan food in …
Tuscan in Casentino Valley

La Tana degli Orsi

In the evening the dozen tables at La Tana degli Orsi (The Lair of the Bear), an unusual chalet-style building, are hotly contested, making advance reservations essential. Decor hovers between classy and kitsch, but…
Museum in Casentino Valley

Museo dell'Arte della Lana - Lanificio di Stia

This museum, dedicated to 'the art of wool making', is located in a restored historic wool mill (which finally closed its doors in 2000) in the attractive town of Stia. For centuries Stia, on the banks of the Staggi…
Church in Bibbiena

Chiesa Convento di San Lorenzo

This bijou Renaissance church and convent, dating to 1474, showcases two dazzling glazed terracotta reliefs by Andrea della Robbia. One depicts the Nativity; the other, the deposition of Christ from the cross.