Buca delle Fate

Natural Landmark


  • Experience the essence of Tuscan folklore
  • Home to the indigenous Geotritone Italiano amphibian
  • Uncover the tales of three forest protectors
Buca delle Fate 52014 Poppi, Province of Arezzo, Italy


Immerse yourself in the captivating charm of the Buca delle Fate, a natural cave tucked away amidst the lush greenery of the Casentino Forest in Tuscany.

This mesmerizing attraction is a well-preserved sanctuary of folklore, geology, and biodiversity. Nestled along the pilgrimage trail from Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia, it serves as a testament to nature’s grandeur and the enchanting narratives of local legends.

The cave’s intriguing geology, characterized by its distinct branching tunnel system, is home to the indigenous Geotritone Italiano amphibian. The Buca delle Fate is not just a natural wonder, but a place where tales come alive.

As you tread the path walked by many before, stories of three forest protectors – the mythical sisters of the forest – Amaranta, Domitilla, and Smeraldina, echo through the cave’s rocky corridors. This unique intersection of natural beauty and rich local folklore makes the Buca delle Fate an essential stop on your pilgrimage journey along the Via di Francesco.

Culture & History

The Buca delle Fate is a natural marvel that has been a part of local stories and legends for centuries. Its geological significance lies in its formation due to the mountain’s movements in this rocky area, making it the most important cavity in the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona, and Campigna National Park.

From a cultural perspective, the cave has been an integral part of local folklore. It is believed that the cave was the dwelling of three mythical sisters, known as Amaranta, Domitilla, and Smeraldina. These enchanting figures have been woven into tales and songs, giving the cave a spiritual and mystical aura. The legends suggest that these sisters had magical powers and took care of the forest, its flora, and fauna. The term “Buca delle Fate” translates to “Fairy Hole,” a name derived from these legends, which has added to the cave’s allure for pilgrims and tourists alike.

The cave’s significance in the context of the Via di Francesco is its location on the trail between Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia. It serves as a spiritual and natural respite for pilgrims, offering a unique blend of geology, biodiversity, and folklore.