Three paths,(link) all smooth, are extremely interesting from a natural and historical point of view, and because of the landscape you can enjoy walking.
Advice and assistance for other interesting excursions to the wildest and secluded spots of the National Park are offered by the owner of Casale Camalda, Ennio Dallari, Guide of the Park.
THE CAMALDA PATH: (link) Rural life in the Apennines and the return of Nature. Self-guided path with 10 resting places.
Thematic Visitor's Centres of the National Park (11 altogether). The nearest are at Badia Prataglia (8 km), Serravalle (4 km) and Camaldoli (6,5 km).
Stream with falls and bathing pools 15 minute walking.
The Hermitage and Monastery of Camaldoli (founded in XI cent.) with the ancient chemistry (6,5 km).
The Franciscan Sanctuary and Convent of "La Verna" (XIII-XVI cent.) (28 km).
Medieval castles in Poppi, Romena, Porciano, San Niccolò, Gressa, Montemignaio.
Romanic churches in Romena, Strada, Socana, Stia, Montemignaio.
Sanctuaries of the Reinassance of Santa Maria del Sasso (12 km) and Santa Maria delle Grazie (22 km).
Abbey and Forest of Vallombrosa ( where J. Milton wrote his "Paradise Lost" (35 km).
Very interesting historical villages: Poppi, Strada, San Niccolò, Sarna, Stia, Pratovecchio, Quota, Raggiolo and many others.
Nearby artistic town: Florence, Arezzo, San Sepolcro, Cortona, Siena, Ravenna, Urbino, Perugia, Assisi.
ITINERARY A (Yellow)
Downhill: 86 m
Distance and time: 5.85 km – 2h 30m
ITINERARY B (Orange)
Uphill: 224 m
Downhill: 86 m
Distance and time: 4.125 km – 1.30 h.
ITINERARY C (Green)
Uphill: 138 m
Total length: 3.150 km
Time: 1.15 h
|From Casale Camalda (678 m) follow the main gravel road downhill for 300 metres until you arrive at Case Castagnoli; here you take the path (CAI n°68/a) that goes past these country houses on the left. When you arrive at a spring, the path turns right and starts to climb; after passing a small country cottage and a bend to the left, it levels off and passes through bitteroaks, downy oaks and brambles, gorse and dog roses, going gently up and downhill.The scenery changes after you take a sharp left: a wood of large, centuries old chestnut trees starts here, once cared for by the monks of Camaldoli. Continue west, along the flat path amidst these large chestnut trees until you arrive at the gravel road at Prato al Tiglio (724m). Take this road uphill to the left for about 350 metres, and then continue gently downhill.|
|You will come across a sports ground and then a ford that has become a little trickier because of a landslide, and then, after about 1.5 km, you will find yourself directly below the enormous Camaldoli Monastery (816m). The visit to the Monastery is very interesting and takes in the church, two cloisters, the guest lodge, the bookshop (that sells on a fair-trading basis) and the old pharmacy. Should you wish to continue up to the Hermitage (1111 m) simply follow the well-marked path and calculate about 45 minutes –one hour.
Follow our itinerary A or B for the return route, starting out just past the car park, almost in front of the hotel-restaurant: after you have passed the bridge on the main road, immediately turn left onto the little road closed by a bar.
THE CAMALDA PATH
Various aspects are also taken into consideration concerning the flora and the fauna of the area, now part of a large protected zone encircling the crest of the Apennines Mountains on both sides from the Sacro Monte de La Verna as far as Mount Falterona .
Botanical nametags are provided along the first part of the path, indicating both the common and scientific names of the main species of trees and shrubs encountered.
The path and the 10 observation points are also described in our book “Casale Camalda – Un antico podere della montagna casentinese tra passato e presente”, (link) which is available for the visitors and the guests of the farm.