The village of Moggiona stands on a rocky outcrop in the middle of a small secluded valley, about 700 meters above sea level. It lies near Poppi, not far from Arezzo. It is the oldest vilalge in the Casentino area, with roots dating back to 842 AD. The pre-Roman peoples settled in this high valley seeking protection in these pastures of the Apennines. In 1382, Moggiano allied itself with the Republic of Florence. In the late 19th and early 20th century it prospered thanks to its iron works; it became the artisan supplier of iron hoops for the wine barrels throughout Chianti. They later expanded into decorative railings and furnishings.
Moggiona is one of the few villages located inside the National Park of the Casentino Forests, an area known for its wild natural beauty. There are several species of deer, wild boars, wolves, foxes, hedgehogs, badgers, and weasels, along with hawks, tawny owls, barn owls, and many other birds. Sightings are not difficult, and in the silence, especially at night, it's easy to hear their calls, especially in late August and September when the male bucks make their exceptional mating calls - a unique experience!
The most famous attraction is the Monastery of Camaldoli, four kilometers from Moggiano. A hermitage and monastic community was established here in 1027 by San Romualdo, a Benedictine monk who thought the high valley was well suited for spiritual contemplation. In the 1600s a Renaissance styled monastery complex was added; an active monastic community still thrives here in the beautiful setting where spirit and nature meld.
Don't miss the storybook Castello di Poppi, a crenellated castle that sits high on a hill, visibile from the surrounding countryside. It has magnificent interior staircases and breathtaking views from the tower.
The little town hosts a big party in mid-August - the Sagra del Fungo Porcino, where the celebrated mushroom is featured in a variety of delicious dishes, accompanied by music, merriment, and (of course!) good wine from the region.
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