Central Tuscany: The Casentino and Valtiberina

The “Inside Tuscany: A Second Time Around” Series


An Area Steeped in History and Religious Significance

This new guidebook takes you to some of the less visited, yet most beautiful and interesting sites in Central Tuscany: the valleys and forests of the Casentino and Valtiberina. The Casentino is an area of great historical and religious significance with Camaldoli Monastery and the Sanctuary of La Verna, the monastery of St. Francis. The Valtiberina is at the eastern border of Tuscany with artistic importance from the Middle Ages.

In the Casentino . . .


  1. BulletThough Stia is hardly large enough for a spot on a map, it has an outstanding wool museum tracing the use of wool as fabric through the centuries.

  2. BulletExplore the extraordinarily well-preserved castle and town of Poppi.

  3. BulletFind the secluded and peaceful Camaldoli Monastery and hermitage surrounded by dense mountain forests.

  4. BulletVisit St. Francis’s Santuario della Verna where he received the stigmata and lived in a cave.

In the Valtiberina . . .

  1. BulletWalk all through the tiny medieval town of Anghiari perched on the side of the mountain with no traffic. Stop at the museum of the Battle of Anghiari to learn about the area and the lost fresco of Leonardo da Vinci.

  2. BulletWalk among the sculptures in the garden at the home where Michelangelo was born in Caprese Michelangelo.

  3. BulletVisit old, flat, pedestrian only Sansepolcro with its collection of interesting churches and beautiful Museo Civico with several masterpieces from Piero della Francesca.

  4. BulletExamine Piero della Francesca’s restored fresco of Madonna del Parto in Monterchi.


Bonus Materials:

  1. BulletAuthentic Italian recipes, many from my Italian cousins.

  2. BulletBackground and historical information on the area.

  3. BulletGPS coordinates to sites.

  4. BulletTravel information including courtesies, photography, the language, and more.

  5. BulletMobile accessibility information.

© 2015 Scott Grabinger

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Reader Comment:

“Scott Tiezzi Grabinger is an American . . .  who has written a series of guides [about] fascinating and beautiful parts if Tuscany that few tourists see on their first visit to the region. He takes you through lesser-known villages and churches in the same detail that the big commercial guides provide for the usual must-sees, so that you come to understand what a cultural wealth is to be found in even the most out-of-the-way places. The guiding is interspersed with historical information, recipes, and helpful tips for enjoying your time in Tuscany.”

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