Surrounded by an evocative medieval wall, Castiglion Fiorentino stands on a hill along the Valle di Chio, in the province of Arezzo. This village, whose origins date back to the Etruscan era, is dominated by the Torre del Cassero (Cassero Tower), its iconic symbol, and it offers plenty of evidence of its ancient past, much of which is preserved in the village's Museo Civico Archeologico (Archaeological Museum). Immersed within an abundant network of medieval castles, churches, monasteries and abbeys, it's an ideal location from which to explore Tuscany, as well as nearby Umbria and the plethora of archaeological sites which dot this land inhabited since prehistoric times. The setting for the opening scenes of the film “Life is Beautiful”, and homeland of the film's director, the valley was once a marshy plain which was forced to undergo numerous remediation measures, particularly during Roman times. A visit to the fourteenth century Palazzo comunale (Town hall) is an absolute must not miss, as is the ancient Sant'Angelo al Cassero church with its works by Vasari.
Local cuisine, traditional dishes, interesting facts
The cuisine from Castiglion Fiorentino offers a genuine insight into traditional rustic Tuscan flavours, full of roasted meats, grilled meats and game. The area is renowned for farming Chianina, one of Italy's oldest and most important cattle breeds. The stunning hills surrounding the village are awash with olive trees and vineyards, peppered with local farms and wineries producing the finest oil and wines, from chianti to vin santo.
Where to eat enjoying a bottle
of Acqua San Benedetto
Corso Italia, 64/A
Ristorante Il passaggio
Via Adua, 68