The parish church of Romena is a Romanesque church of great architectural value but not only, the church today is the seat of the Fraternity of Romena, initiative of Don Luigi Verdi. A few hundred meters above the church the Castle of Romena is to be found. It ‘s the oldest castle in Casentino, dating back to the tenth century. The large lawn, the walls, towers and cypress trees of Romena lend it a unique and evocative atmosphere. Today, the calendar of events at the church of Romena is rich in various topics and important names like Luigi Ciotti, Giacomo Panizza, Roberto Mancini and many others. On Sundays the church Read more
It’s a well-known fact that those who work on a farm have neither Saturdays nor Sundays off, so today we decided to plough a field below ‘Casa Santicchio’ so we can finally sow our organic potatoes. After a couple of hours work we found an unexpected surprise in a furrow. A magnificent little hare was hiding, all alone, under a clod of earth. It was very frightened, trembling, and really small. We waited a long time hoping to find both its mother and their burrow, but in vain, the hare was all alone in the ploughed field. So, infected by the enthusiasm of our children, we gave in and decided Read more
Sitting with us at our table today is a young Korean who is walking along the Way of Assisi, by himself. He arrived here tired with sore feet and a throbbing head but nevertheless very very happy to be travelling, travelling on the path of St. Francis. We welcomed him with open arms because those who are “on the way” are not only on a path traced on a map, but also on life’s path, and that we share with them. Welcome pilgrim, welcome to our home and our table.
There is nothing more inviting than a dip in the river Corsalone. Just a couple of kms from Casa Santicchio, at Rimbocchi to be more precise, the river offers a wonderful natural setting. The weir is our local attraction par excellence, as well as being suitable for swimming it is characterized by a series of rockpools eroded over time, where one can enjoy what I would venture to call a real natural hydromassage. Spending a morning at the river is regenerating, believe me. The white trout of Casentino also lives in this river, a unique and endangered species at risk of extinction. Remember that you need a permit to fish. Read more