Artikel in Italy Magazine over de Casentino Vallei in Toscane
In 2009 hebben wij een artikel geschreven voor het Engelse tijdschrift Italy Magazine over de karakteristieken en de geschiedenis van de Casentino vallei, voorzien van prachtige foto’s. Klik hier om kennis te nemen van het artikel.
Discovering Tuscany: The Casentino Valley
Casentino Forest National Park
A colourful past
Three castles – Poppi, Romena and Porciano
Poppi is the historic capital of Casentino and is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful village. Its famous Guidi Castle is a landmark in the area and its characteristic square tower can be seen from all over the valley. The castle was designed by Arnolfo Di Cambio and is considered a prototype for his plans for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. In the evening the castle is ﬂoodlit – a beacon for the traveller.
Thanks to continual restoration over the years, especially in the last century, the castle is in excellent condition. In its courtyard, the ‘Rilliana’ Library features hundreds of medieval manuscripts and incunabula (ancient manuscripts written on parchment scrolls). Another feature of the castle is the family chapel with a cycle of 14th-century frescoes ascribed to Taddeo Gaddi, a pupil of Giotto.
The Poppi castle is one of a trio. The one in Romena, with its large grassy courtyard and tall towers overlooks the valley from above the town of Stia. The nearby Pieve di Romena church is an extraordinary example of Romanesque architecture. The third castle of the trio is Porciano, visible on clear days even from Poppi. Their interconnection was fundamental to the security of Casentino in ancient times, as each castle guarded a corner of the valley from enemies coming from Florence, Arezzo or from the mountains.