The Casentinesi Forests National Park is really special during autumn: for a few weeks, the colours of the forest turn to yellow, red, green and orange for a unique, natural show. The good news is that you can admire this transformation thanks to organised tours that take visitors inside the forest to watch the fall foliage. Today we want to talk about an event you shouldn’t miss if you love this kind of activities. On October 24 and 25, Badia Prataglia (Poppi, Arezzo area) will be the centre of the Fall Foliage Festival, a mix of events connected to fall foliage and chestnuts. The village of Badia Prataglia will welcome people with sculptures inherent chestnut and woods to give the idea of warmth and familiarity.
Here is the complete program. Saturday, October 24 3.30 pm: Opening of the stalls with local food and Casentinesi handycrafts. 9 pm: “The vigils of fear” (le veglie della Paura): theatre (free entrance) Sunday, October 25 10.30 am: Family guided tour to pick chestnuts. The cost is 3€ and the meeting point is at the Park Visitor Center of Badia Prataglia 10 am: Opening of the stalls with local food and Casentinesi handycrafts. 3.30 pm: Touring stage show in the chestnut wood. Free 4 pm: Songs and music from the folk tradition 9.15 am: Meet at the Park Visitor Center of Badia Prataglia for guided hike through the Foresta della Lama. You can choose within two guided tours: one with the photographer Walter Segnan and another one focused on the fall foliage colours.
You don’t want to drive? Take the train + bus! There is a special train/bus service from Arezzo and Bibbiena to Badia Prataglia. Timetable Train Arezzo: 9.18 am - Bibbiena: 10.15 am + bus to Badia Prataglia From Badia Prataglia to Bibbiena: 5.30 pm (bus) + train at 6.40 pm from Bibbiena to Arezzo (arrival time 7.35)
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Useful websites Casentinesi Forests National Park website Badia Prataglia website