A Day Trip in Casentino

Ponte Buriano, Castiglion Fibocchi, Il Borro

Il Ponte a Buriano
 A few kilometres from Arezzo we find the Buriano Bridge, a medieval architectural work which is able to sustain today’s traffic. But what really catches the eye is the structure, it’s massive arches make it look like it’s floating above the River Arno.
 The Buriano bridge took almost 40 years to construct, 1240 to 1277 and has stood the test of time and WW2, the Germans could not bring themselves to destroy such an impressive and charming bridge.
As the sun moves through the sky, the light, colours and environment changes making it an ever changing view - the  morning is the best time to view.
The bridge has become recently more fascinating as scholars say that the arched bridge in the ‘Monnalisa’ painted by Leonardo di Vinci might be the Buriano Bridge!
Castiglion Fibocchi, only 6 minutes from the Buriano Bridge, is a typical small Tuscan town with the town hall resembling the Castle of Poppi of the Count Guidi - famous for the carnival in Venice, with masked parades for the citizens of the town. 
The Carnival of Figli di Bocco
Originally was the celebration after the marriage of Berta di Ardimanno to Guglielmo di Bernardino and this tradition has continued until today. They danced from fear, they danced to feel young, danced due to the difference in society. In the 1940’s they simulated an ‘operation’ where sausages and ham were pulled from the ‘patient’.
From the 900’s started the ritual of the ‘pastasciutta’ which still continues today and resembles the Venice carnival with it’s masks. 
Today, we can say that the secret to the ‘Carnival of the  Bocco Sons’ resides in the atmosphere. 
Since the first modern edition of the carnival in 1997 it remains a  celebration of joy, reflects fantasy and the ‘joie di vivre’ with the locals forming an artistic wonder of splendid masks that have become famous.
Also the colourful costumes can be admired during the carnival days from parades along the antique streets of  Castiglion Fibocchi.
It’s an event not to be missed in the month of February
Il Borro 11 minutes from Castiglion Fibocchi, is an enchanting town with thousands of years history, with it’s small artisan workshops and unique atmosphere.
Today the small Tuscan village, born more than 1000 years ago, is a place  where artists, artisans and visitors share the beauty, style and quality of life that has made Tuscany one of the most loved  destinations by visitors from all over the world.
Inspired by the ancient crafts that once existed in the Borro, local artisans have reopened their workshops in the medieval village, such as the goldsmith, the shoemaker and the restorers who carry out their activities every day with love and expertise.
 In 1993, Il Borro then became the property of the Ferragamo family who had long fallen in love with the wild nature and history of the estate. The family has undertaken an important restoration of the village and the villa, fully respecting the tradition and history of the place.
A place to eat lunch/dinner:
Oca Satolla 
www.ocasatolla.it 
A rustic, yet modern, restaurant located in an old cottage and surrounded by nature is only 20km from Arezzo.
The menu has typical Tuscan dishes which changes in accordance with the season but certain dishes are found throughout the year such as Pici pasta with duck sauce, slow roasted duck are their specialities and must tries along with their homemade pizzas!
Desserts are typical too with cantucci biscuits, tarts and panna cotta!
Team, 16/04/2024 09:55:35

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