Badia Prataglia



  • Explore the ancient Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Visit the unique Forestry Museum and Arboreto Carlo Siemoni
  • Discover the rich history of the Castelletti hamlets


Badia Prataglia invites pilgrims on the Tuscan stages of the Via di Francesco to indulge in a tranquil haven. Immersed in the verdant Casentino Forests, the town’s age-old connection to woodworking and spirituality weaves a tapestry of deep reflection and reverence. While not directly linked to St. Francis, Badia Prataglia’s rich history and spiritual ambiance make it an unmissable gem along the pilgrimage trail.

Distance from Stage Start:
8.3 km
843 meters
Services Available:
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Culture & History

Badia Prataglia’s culture is deeply rooted in its historical relationship with the surrounding forests and the Benedictine monks who founded the town in the 10th century. The Castelletti, small inhabited centers scattered among the chestnut and fir woods, are connected by paths adorned with panels that reveal the area’s traditions, history, and memories.

The ancient Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta stands as a testament to the town’s monastic beginnings, while the Forestry Museum, dedicated to forest engineer Karl Siemon, showcases the history of forestry work and the unique flora and fauna of the region.

Traditional woodworking has been passed down through generations, and the town’s cuisine is heavily influenced by its proximity to the Romagna border and the abundance of local forest ingredients like mushrooms, chestnuts, and truffles.

Events & Festivals

Cenavecchia (Eve of Epiphany) – Children go from house to house, singing and dancing dressed as witches.

Cantar Maggio (April 30) – Young people sing traditional songs aimed at ensuring a good harvest season and love.

Festa dei Fochi (September 8) – A competition between the Castelletti for the largest and longest-lasting fire, celebrated with a single large fire in the town’s central square.

Mangialonga (first or second Saturday of August) – A gastronomic walk among the Castelletti, featuring local dishes and the enchanting forest atmosphere.

Be sure to book accommodations in advance during these events as the town can get busy.


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