The best places to admire falling leaves, from Casentino to the Garfagnana
Foliage, or falling leaves, is one of the most beautiful aspects of autumn in Tuscany: strolling through the region's colorful forests is an incredible experience, made even better if you top off your excursion with a hearty lunch. Two of the best ingredients? Porcini mushrooms and chestnuts, two of Tuscany's most delicious “forest fruits," around which many regional specialties are based, like the Castagnaccio and the Pappardelle pasta with mushrooms.
The National Nature Reserve of the Casentinesi Forests, home to Italy's most colorful forests: from electric yellows to violet reds, from forest greens to bright oranges, the shades lighting up these forests are simply amazing.
Among the most captivating spots to visit is the peak of Mount Penna above the Lama Forest. You reach it via the same road that takes you to both the Hermitage at Camaldoli and the Campigna Forest.
Autumn is spectacular in the Garfagnana mountains, too: see an incredible panoramic view at the medieval Verrucole Fortressin the municipality of San Romano, but don't miss the leaves falling at the Hermitage at Calomini, which is perched on a sheer rock face. In autumn, even the towns themselves are also a sight to see: there are numerous festivals dedicated to chestnut flour, used to make delicious desserts.
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