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San Godenzo
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San Godenzo

Trails through nature and traditions

Even several kilometres before arriving in San Godenzo, you’ll notice the mountains and the dense forests that surround the town, steeped in rich, warm colours.

This area is bestowed with an unspoilt environment, known for its perfect harmony between nature and human intervention. Indeed, nature dominates everywhere here, with landscapes that have been beloved by poets and painters alike. San Godenzo is also the perfect starting point for going to a fairy-tale-like place: let yourself be charmed by the rushing waters of the Acquacheta Waterfalls, reachable via an easy trail.

In the hamlet of Castagno di Sant’Andrea, you can find the “Monte Falterona”Castagno d’Andrea Visitors’ Centre, home to the “Andrea del Castagno” Virtual Museum, an exhibition leading visitors along the scenery that fascinated the painter during his lifetime. The Centre is also one of the 11 gateways to the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, home to majestic trees and trails that wind through the shade, where visitors can observe the animals that run free. Along with its natural beauty, the territory is also marked by the skilled work of mankind, which can be explored along the Civiltà del Castagno trail, introducing visitors to the traditions tied to the cultivation of chestnuts and rural life in the area. 

Man’s work can also be seen in the characteristic churches located in the nearby hamlets, like the Church of Santa Maria all’Eremo, the Church of San Martino in Castagno d’Andrea and the Benedictine Abbey of San Gaudenzio. The latter is one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany and conserves artworks like a wooden sculpture by Baccio da Montelupo and a polyptych by Bernardo Daddi.

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