• Church of St. Egidio with Romanesque elements
  • Charming Cappellina with Madonna delle Sette Spade
  • Stunning views along the ancient Via Romea


Nestled at an altitude of 862 meters, Frassineta is a hidden gem along the Tuscan stages of the Via di Francesco pilgrimage trail. This tiny village, home to just 12 people, offers a peaceful respite for pilgrims traveling from Badia Prataglia to La Verna. Surrounded by lush ash woodlands, Frassineta’s rich history and serene atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for those seeking solace and inspiration. While there’s no direct connection to St. Francis, the village’s ancient charm and beautiful landscapes will surely captivate your heart.

Distance from Stage Start:
5.5 km
Distance to Stage End:
12.33 km
862 meters
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Culture & History

Dating back to the 10th century, Frassineta was once a bustling agricultural center, enclosed by walls and centered around a medieval watchtower. The village was situated along the Via Romea, an important route for pilgrims and armies during the Middle Ages. In the 11th century, Frassineta was under the jurisdiction of the Ubertini bishops of Arezzo, before passing to the Eremo di Camaldoli in the 13th century.

Despite facing several invasions, pillages, and changes in governance, the resilient spirit of Frassineta persevered. The village experienced a period of agricultural innovation under the rule of Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo in the 18th century, before becoming part of the Casentino Forest National Park in the 1990s.

Today, Frassineta is a tranquil haven, with its medieval watchtower, the Romanesque Church of St. Egidio, and the lovely Cappellina, featuring the revered terracotta Madonna delle Sette Spade. These timeless treasures offer a glimpse into the village’s rich past and the unwavering faith of its inhabitants.

Events & Festivals

As a small village, Frassineta doesn’t host major events. However, it’s worth noting that the surrounding Casentino Forest National Park offers a variety of seasonal activities and celebrations. Be sure to check the park’s event calendar for any festivities during your pilgrimage, and consider booking accommodations in advance to secure your stay.

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