The National Park of Casentino Forests allows to experience pure contact with a wild, impenetrable forest. Explore the heart of the northern Apennine, in the presence of giants made of leaves and bark, that for centuries have guarded the nature of this place.
On the Florentine slope of the park you find a special place, a small village that barely emerges from the dense woods which inspire its name: Castagno d’Andrea, a village at the slope of mount Falterona and mount Acuto.
Immersed in the suggestive “Marronete”, chestnut woods farmed for the production of their precious fruits, Castagno d’Andrea was the birthplace of the renowned renaissance artist Andrea di Bartolo of Bargilla, called Andrea del Castagno, who became the true protagonist of Florentine painting in the 15th century.
Today the village is situated in the National Park of Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna, and hosts one of the nine Nature Routes of the park, a series of itineraries suitable to anyone’s capability, which enclose along the pathway the natural peculiarities of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine. On the municipal ground is located the visitors centre of the National Park, in the heart of a land that for centuries saw its own local economy revolve around wood and the Mugello chestnuts, a real a proper treasure of these valleys, and irreplaceable products for the local cuisine. A journey through the traditional gastronomy isn’t limited however by chestnuts: products range from meats – such as Ciavar, the ‘matta’ sausage, and Gota, a cured meat taken from pork cheek – cheeses, followed by honey, the delicious Fir Tree Honeydew, and the Londa queen peach.