Chiesa di Sant’Egidio

Church & Sacred Site


  • Romanesque Church of St. Egidio
  • Ancient tower with a panoramic view
  • Peaceful church lawn for rest
  • Etruscan-Roman cemetery nearby
Strada Provinciale Val di Corezzo, 52010 Frassineta AR, Italy


Discover the charming Frassineta, a small village nestled in the Tuscan hills along the Via di Francesco pilgrimage trail. Visit the Romanesque Church of St. Egidio, admire the ancient tower’s breathtaking panorama, and rest on the serene church lawn. This hidden gem, steeped in history and traditions, is a must-visit for pilgrims seeking a spiritual experience amidst the stunning Tuscan landscape.

Culture & History

Frassineta dates back to the 10th century and was named after the widespread presence of ash trees (frassino) in the area. The village grew around a “Curtis,” an agricultural structure directed by a wealthy lord. Frassineta’s importance increased over time, and by the 13th century, it was surrounded by walls that enclosed the church, the tower, the main square, and the administrative headquarters. Craftsmen and peasants lived in the surrounding hamlets.

Located along the Via Romea, a significant medieval route connecting Northern Europe and Rome, Frassineta was a passage village for pilgrims and even barbarian armies during invasions. An Etruscan-Roman cemetery is believed to have been nearby, as large round stones found in the area were likely used as tomb markers.

Frassineta has had a tumultuous history, enduring invasions and changing allegiances between various monastic orders and ruling families. By the early 20th century, the village experienced degradation, but efforts by the Italian state and the mountain community led to its revitalization as part of the Casentino Forest National Park.

How to Get There

Frassineta is located along the pilgrimage trail between Badia Prataglia and La Verna. Pilgrims can walk the trail and pass through Frassineta en route to their destination.

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