THE MEDIEVAL CASTLES, THE MONASTERIES AN THE SACRED FORESTS OF TUSCANY IN THE CASENTINO
WHEN: EVERY DAY
DEPARTURE: CASTLE OF THE GUIDI COUNTS IN POPPI (Arezzo)
DURATION: 6 HOURS
The Casentino, a splendid valley in the shadow of Mount Falterona from which the Arno river springs, is a very special corner of Tuscany, where the splendid forests of beech, fir and chestnut trees hide unique sanctuaries and hermitages, places of faith where you can rediscover peace away from the chaos of the world. The Middle Ages left important traces in the beautiful castles of the Guidi Counts, among which the one of Poppi, home of the poet Dante Alighieri during his exile.
Characterizing a landscape of uncontaminated woods and forests, the valley is a spectacular place for the soul so much so that various different saints have lived there and among them San Romualdo founder of the Camaldolese order. Your guide will accompany you on a visit to the castle of Poppi and Camaldoli, where the Hermitage and the Monastery founded by San Romualdo in 1012, mother house of the Camaldolese monks, stand.
The Hermitage of Camaldoli is right in the heart of an extraordinary forest of silver firs: twenty cells arranged in regular rows, each with a small garden for the hermit's life in contemplation of the nature of the monks who once had the task of planting, caring for and protect forests. In the monastery you can see the Ancient Pharmacy, where the monks produced spices and medicinal plants to treat the sick and the Baroque church with the works of Giorgio Vasari.