Badia Tedalda is a lovely village in the province of Arezzo, where Tuscany sweeps against Emilia Romagna and Le Marche. Badia Tedalda has Roman origins and is the home of "blackthorn", the most popular of mushrooms in this area, the star of the local Blackthorn Festival in spring. Take the opportunity and purchase the excellent salami, processed by hand, and a plate of pasta with the prized funghi.
In the Byzantine era Badia Tedalda was included in the domain of the duke of Ravenna. In the Middle Ages, it housed two Benedictine Abbeys, called Arduino and Tedaldi -hence the name Badia (meaning "abbey") Tedalda; the two monasteries merged in 1205. Badia Tedalda has a mystical and storied history, left by the sages and monks who lived in this beautiful landscape. It is said that in the mountains that surround Badia Tedalda, a certain Guido Monaco gave the world the seven miraculous notes.
Today Badia Tedalda can be defined as a little piece of paradise, an unaltered town where the friendliness and hospitality of the people, the fragrances of the mountains, and the tastes of the traditional cuisine combine to satisfy the senses and the soul.
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