Considered to be one of Italy ’s most beautiful hamlets, Poppi is high on the area’s ‘must-see’ list. Located in the heart of the Casentino valley, it is nestled within the National Park of the Casintinesi Forests. The town and its beautiful Castle of the Guidi Counts are surrounded by the ancient walls. Built in the thirteenth century, the castle is home to the Biblioteca Storica Rilli, an ancient library which contains hundreds of medieval manuscripts and historical documents printed with mobile characters technique.
As regards events, Il Gusto dei Guidi food and wine festival takes place in Poppi during the last week of August. The cellars of the hamlet’s medieval centre host wine-tasting events, theme-based conferences and folklore performances.
The Vallombrosa Forest is another unmissable place. Cared for and beloved for centuries by monks, the forest is home to some of the tallest trees in Italy. This Biogenetic Nature Reserve, ten-hectare large, hosts plant species from all over the world.