This area consists of ten medieval hamlets, known as “castella”, constructed in the local stone called pietra serena, which is still quarried in the area. The hamlets are Pietrabuona, Medicina, Fibbialla, Aramo, Sorana, San Quirico, Castelvecchio, Stiappa, Pontito and Vellano.
The landscape is perfect for walking, and a popular route starts from Pietrabuona, following the river Pescia and tracing all the villages of the Swiss Pesciatina along a trail of about six hours. This trail connects the ten “Castella“, each surrounded by areas of untouched nature, and the characteristic trees of oak and chestnut. The trail isn’t, of course, the only way to reach the ten castella: they can also be accessed by a paved road.
Here are short descriptions of the ten “castella”: