CASENTINO: unexpected Tuscany
The Casentino Region is located between Florence and Arezzo. Castles, monasteries, ancient Medieval villages and the beautiful forest ... away from the "worldwide known Tuscany", this beautifully secluded, wide, oval-shaped valley is surrounded by gentle hills which gradually ascend to mountains, on one side climbing to reach the impressive Apennines and on the opposite side to the Pratomagno, whose ridge separates Casentino from the Chianti region on the other side. This ring of mountains which has prevented the spread of motorways and major railways, preserving the valley’s natural state.
The mountains also inﬂuence the climate. It can be cold in winter, with occasional snow in the valley and regular snow on the mountains, while in summer it is quite hot during the day, cooling off pleasantly at night and refreshing itself for the next day. Casentino is handily located for several centres of Italian art and culture – Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Assisi.
On the Apennine side of the valley is the Casentino Forest National Park, one of the largest and best preserved parks in Italy with 800 kilometres of hiking paths winding through forests of conifers, oak and chestnut, inhabited by many species of animals and birds. All around the Park the valley is dotted with vineyards, olive groves, crystal streams, monasteries, little villages, Romanesque churches and fortiﬁed towns where the visitor can see, taste and experience a little of the rich Italian tradition.
Montemigniaio is a small Medieval village on a hilltop in the attractive setting of the wood covered hills of the Casentino region of eastern Tuscany. Its centre is inside the ancient castle of the Counts Guidi, once dominated the valley.
An amazing place populated of beautiful people, who recently come together in a Consortium, joining efforts to let this special area to expand and grow. Low taxes, support for new activities, low prices to buy or rent beautiful and restored properties... all in an uncontaminated setting (no industries around and local products are all organic).