CASTIGLION FIBOCCHI is a small village of 2.164 inhabitants in the Casentino area, one of the last in the area of Pratomagno before it goes down to Arezzo, and is located on the route of the ancient Via Clodia (also called Cassia Vetus). The area was certainly inhabited by the Romans during the Republican period, after which there are traces of it around the year 1000, when it was under the control of the Conti Guidi and, like many other possessions in the area, then went under the control of Republic of Florence.

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From the old Setteponti road you can see some examples of the typical rural buildings of the area: the Leopoldine Houses, with the dovecote, the lodge and the porch, among the most beautiful and best preserved. Castiglion Fibocchi, like many other Casentino villages, is located on a hilltop, and the first thing to note when arriving is the two towers, the Clock Tower, part of the Palazzo Comunale, and the bell tower. Visiting the village you can still see remains of the ancient castle, and what is most appealing to the defensive origins of Castiglion Fibocchi is surely “Porta Fredda the ancient access on the north side of the castle. Palazzo Comunale was derived from what was originally the residence of the Lords of the place, while the parish church was probably the chapel of the castle.
It is worthwhile a trip to the nearby Pieve of San Quirico, dating back to about 1100 and now in ruins: the only things that remain standings are part of the entrance, the walls and an arch window. After that you can move forward towards the little district of Gello Biscardo: due to its position protected by the north winds at the slopes of Pratomagno, on the road leading to the small village you can admire many vineyards and olive trees (the oil of this area is great). Gello Biscardo certainly has ancient origins, and it is worth visiting the small church of San Giovanni Battista, in the upper part of the hamlet: its architecture is very simple with a unique aisle and the bell tower.
A small curiosity: the country is known for the legend of the "Matti di Gello", whose adventures are told on some tiles exposed along the streets of the country and known throughout the region.


Numerous events throughout the year in Castiglion Fibocchi:

  • the Festival of the Steak, between late June and early July, 
  • the feast of the Madonna del Rosario, early October, which provides a procession for the streets of village, but also enograstronomic markets, exhibitions of agricultural machinery and finally fireworks; 
  • the event “Calici sotto le stelle”, in the early days of August, is an opportunity for tasting the excellent cuisine and the excellent wines of the region.
  • However, Castiglion Fibocchi is particularly known for its Carnival, that seems to have its origins even at the time of Ottaviano Pazzi, called “Bocco” (and perhaps it is here that comes the name of Castiglion Fibocchi), that was honored by the villagers with parade and balls through the village streets. Since 1996 the Carnival of “Figli di Re Bocco” (sons of king Bocco) has been resumed, and has soon become one of the most important of Italy, with thousand of people coming from all over Italy to see it.

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