Casentinesi Forests National Park peaks: the largest mountains of the Casentinesi Forests are located on the eastern side of the Park, an area entirely covered by beech trees. Along the southern slopes of the Mount Falterona, at 1358 m, flows a large spring called Capo d’Arno that is considered to be the origin of the main Tuscan river, the Arno.
For another special view, climb the Monte Penna, where you will be able to look out over the entire Lama Forest, a collection of centuries-old trees, as far as the eye can see.
Lago degli Idoli: the “Lake of the Idols” is the most important archaeological site of the Castentino area, where many Etruscan ruins have been found throughout the centuries. Monte Falterona was a sacred mountain to the Etruscans, who put their gifts into the Ciliegeta Lake, located near the source of the Arno River. Some of the remains found here are preserved in the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris.
Camaldoli Monastery: this place is linked to the figure of the Benedictine monk San Romualdo, founder of the Camaldoli order, who arrived in the Casentino valley at the foot of the Apennines in 1012 with his disciples. Here, he constructed a sacred hermitage. Read also “Sleep at monasteries in Tuscany".
La Verna Sanctuary: the sanctuary at La Verna, which is one of the most important Franciscan sanctuaries in the world, dates to the start of the third century and is largely connected to the figure of San Francis of Assisi. La Verna is an extraordinary place not only for its history but also for the incredible nature that surrounds it.