Beginning the journey from the south, after taking the SR71 to Rassina, veer to the left in the direction of Pieve di Socana, essential for enjoying an immensely interesting building: an ancient place of worship that preserves the ruins of an Etruscan sacrificial altar. Nearby is the lovely village of Talla, where you can visit the eco-museum housed inside the home of Guido Monaco and the Documentation Centre on Medieval Music.
Returning to the state road, head to Bibbiena, an interesting city marked by both medieval and Renaissance characteristics. The journey continues further west, stopping in Ortignano-Raggiolo, home to the open-air chestnut museum, highlighting a fundamental product for the local economy, which is used to make sweet flour, a common ingredient in kitchen for “castagnaccio” and the famous sweet polenta, excellent if eaten with ricotta.
Continuing north, you’ll come across Poppi, which dominates from above with its historic castle that once belonged to the Guidi counts. Castel San Niccolò and Montemignaio on the eastern end of the Casentino are other stops on this itinerary; here, the villages are surrounded by forests that are home to excellent products, like mushrooms.