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Castel Focognano is a little medieval district of 3,102 inhabitants in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany. It’s located in the storic region of Casentino, on a mountainside of Massiccio del Pratomagno. 

The origin of this village are really ancient, dating back even to the Etruscan period, as demonstrated by the finding of a 5th century great altar behind the apse of romanic church in Pieve Socana, and by the remains of an ancient staircase, presumably an access at a temple, and some Etruscan engravings.
The first references to the village of Castel Focognano dating back to 1028, when there is talk about his castle, surrounded by a double circle of walls. The land passed from the rule of the nearby city of Arezzo, then to the Ubertini family and in the end, in 1404, to the Republic of Florence.


where is and how to get there

what to see and what to do

The first thing to note arriving to Castel Focognano is the great seven-sided polygonal tower, that was part of the defensive walls. Of great interest is also the church of San Giovanni.
There are so many natural activities that can be done in the area: trekking lovers will find in the area of the Pratomagno many trails, regularly reported and of various difficulties, from which you can admire the beautiful landscape, interesting also from the naturalistic point of view. Noteworthy are the many springs in the area, which give rise to so many streams that make this region so lush, and which, more often down to the valley, take on spectacular conformations. A classic excursion to do in the area is the one leading to the Pratomagno Cross at 1592 meters of altitude. Also known as the Walk of Mount Lori, this walk is suitable for everyone, and from the trail you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views over the Valdarno and Casentino. The area is also suitable for hiking trail fans, with a path, "Romana Nesi", suitable for both enthusiasts and beginners. Pratomagno also offers the possibility of making long cycling trips.


There are many events taking place throughout the year in this area:

  • The “Festa dei Fochi” (Fires Festival) in Badia Prataglia, s held every year in the first days of September, in honor of Our Lady, for which a large bonfire is lit. You can also find wine and food stands, with typical products of the Tuscan cuisine and cellars, as well as stalls and various entertainment shows. 
  • C’era una volta la Mea” ( once upon a time the Mea), which takes place in February in Bibbiena, is one of the oldest historical recollections in our country, even though the motivations at its origin have now disappeared. In addition to a large bonfire in the main square, there are parade in vintage costumes along the village streets, as well as wine and food stands. 
  • In summer, in July and August, there is the International Musical Organ Festival, in the Basilica of Santuario della Verna, with concerts on a weekly basis. On this occasion, internationally renowned musicians perform concerts of classical music. A little curiosity: the Verna one is a monumental organ, consisting of 6,000 reeds and 100 registers. 
  • Since you are in Tuscany, you could not miss a wine festival, "Il Gusto dei Guidi" (the Guidi's taste), held every year at the end of August in the historic center of Poppi, as well as the Chestnut Festival, in the end of November, one of the fundamental food of this area.

Cooking traditions

Among the dishes and typical products you can find bacon, chestnuts and, consequently, “castagnaccio”, a cake with chestnust flour, red potatoes, “sanbudello”, a type of sausage with a very strong flavor as it is also made with lung, heart and spleen; among the cheeses you can find “pecorino”, ripened cheese, and “raveggiolo”, soft cheese, and various varieties of apples.

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