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Casentino

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Casentino is a valley in the north of the Province of Arezzo, in Tuscany.

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Casentino is in Tuscany where the Arno river is born (then goes on to Florence and Pisa): the valley is shaped like a basket, with mountains all around. You can arrive here from Florence or from Arezzo. From Florence (about one hour by car) you can take the Passo della Consuma starting Pontassieve; from Arezzo (about half an hour by car) you can arrive directly following the Arno river. Here the peak of Monte Falco reaches 1658 m (5440 ft). Casentino is a deep-green land of Castles, romanesque Churches, Sanctuaries. ..such as Poppi Castle, a Manor of Conti Guidi Family, that is actually well conserved; Romena Castle, Porciano Castle, Chitignano Castle etc... Large stretches of woods, dominated by silver firs and beeches are found inside the 'Foreste Casentinesi' National Park. The National Park "Foreste Casentinesi" lies on the northern Appennine crest between Tuscany and Romagna, where deer, wild boar, eagle and even the wolf use to live. The Park covers an area of 36.000 hectars, mainly covered with woods of firs, oaks, beechs and chestnunts. Istoric roads, climbing Appennines recall closeknit ties between the valley and Florence, Romagna, Arezzo.

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Closest airports are Florence and Pisa.

By car from Florence airport: follow directions to Pontassieve, then to the Consuma Pass and continue down to Bibbiena/Poppi. (About 1,1/2hours). Otherwise take the A1 motorway south exiting at Arezzo then head towards Bibbiena/Poppi (about 1 and 1/2 hours).

By car from Pisa airport: take the Firenze Mare motorway to Florence exit at Firenze Sud and take the road for Pontassieve and Consuma Pass or continue on A1 motorway towards Rome exiting at Arezzo.

From Arezzo there is also the local railway LFI that arrives in all the towns of the valley.

The best way to reach all the discovering corners is the car.

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