On your way to the sanctuary of La Verna, stop by the tiny Corezzo: this village counts just few inhabitants that are proud to continue the tradition of tortello alla lastra. This is a big tortello, i.e. a large piece of handmade pasta filled with smashed potatoes savored with onion, tomato and other spices. Beyond the large size, its peculiarity is that the tortello is cooked on the grill and not boiled into the water. Every year in mid August Corezzo hosts the famous “Sagra del Tortello di Corezzo”.
Now it’s time to visit the Sanctuary of La Verna, built on a rock overlooking the Foreste Casentinesi. The sanctuary was founded where Saint Francis received his stigmate in 1224; it’s a mystic place where Nature meets spirituality and deeply touches your soul. If you like hiking we recommend you reach La Verna by walking along the “Nature Trail and Bosco delle fate”. The trail starts in Beccia, where you can park your car, it is about 4.5 kilometers and passes through the forests underneath the sanctuary called the fairies’ forest.
In Chiusi della Verna, a few kilometres from the sanctuary, we recommend to visit the Podesteria. This is the place where Michelangelo, master of the Renaissance, lived with his family in his youth. The big rock next to the house inspired Michelangelo for the rock of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.
Last but not least end your journey visiting the town of Bibbiena. The city center is rich in beautiful buildings like the 16th century Palazzo Dovizi, and the Church of San Lorenzo preserving two terracotta works by Andrea della Robbia depicting the Deposition and the Adoration. Don’t miss the Archaeological Museum of Casentino at Palazzo Niccolini preserving a large collections of valuable findings from the Prehistory to the late Roman era.