While exploring the village, a visit to the fifteenth-century church of San Lorenzo is an absolute must. The church is home to two beautiful terracottas (The Deposition and The Adoration) by Andrea della Robbia. Equally fascinating are the Oratory of San Francesco, a jewel of the Tuscan Rococo, and the church of Sant'Ippolito and San Donato, which was built at the beginning of the twelfth century and houses a beautiful wooden Madonna and Child from the thirteenth century, a triptych by Bicci di Lorenzo, an Annunciation by Balducci and a panel, extremely rare of its kind, by Cola di Camerino. The sixteenth-century Palazzo Dovizi is another of the town’s most significant monuments; Cardinal Bernardo, also known as Bibbiena (1470/1520), belonged to this very Dovizi family. The Cardinal was secretary to Pope Leo X and author of the comedy La Calandria, a commentary on Renaissance society.
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Sasso, just one kilometre from the town, was designed with a distinctly Renaissance flavour by Giuliano da Majano. There are some remarkable artworks inside, including a Nativity by Maria del Ligozzi, one Madonna and Child by Fra Paolino del Signoraccio, and another one by Bicci di Lorenzo, housed in a central tabernacle. There is also a choir with a magnificent Assumption by Fra Bartolomeo and Fra Paolino. The cloister in the centre of the sanctuary is also hugely impressive.
All around Bibbenia you will find many hamlets, full of hidden gems and fascinating corners. One such hamlet is Soci, which produces not only the classic green and orange Casentino cloth but also, since the last century, high quality carded and combed textiles. Just outside Soci is the seventeenth-century Villa della Mausolea, formerly a guesthouse and hospice run by the Camaldolese monks. The hamlet of Partina, dominated by a castle which was renovated in a neo-Gothic style at the end of the nineteenth century, is now home to the interesting Casentino Museum of Archaeological Artifacts. Last but not least is Serravalle, a holiday resort immersed in the greenery of the Casentino Forests National Park, which is home to an important environmental educational centre on bioindicators.