Badia Prataglia and walks in the National Park

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Walks to Badia Prataglia

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BADIA PRATAGLIA and the itinerary that from Aia di Guerrino climbs to Monte Penna, an extraordinary balcony over the Lama Forest

The itinerary that from Aia di Guerrino climbs to Poggio Spillo, descends to the Lama and returns along the path of the Scalandrini.

The itinerary that from Pian dell’Agio, near Badia Prataglia, leads to Buca delle Fate and returns via the Devil's Bridge

The path that starts from Il Capanno and leads to Buca delle Fate, then climbs to Poggio Spillo, then descends to Aia di Guerrino

The spectacular route of the Via Romea that crosses the Apennines at the Passo di Serra, not far from the Passo dei Mandrioli

Along the Regional Road 71 that connects Tuscany to Romagna through the Mandrioli Pass, there is Badia Prataglia, a health resort in the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests at 835 meters above sea level. The origins of this mountain center date back to the foundation of an abbey (985-990) in a place characterized by the presence of meadows, as the name itself indicates. During the 11th century, the economic and political power of this monastic place grew a lot. Unfortunately it soon clashed with Camaldoli's interests. In 1391, after almost three centuries of disagreements, the suppression of the Abbey of Prataglia came with the bull of Pope Boniface IX. All its assets became the property of Camaldoli. For this place it was the beginning of a substantial change. The large meadows that were used for pastoralism were transformed into woods. The abbey, abandoned by the monks, entered a phase of irreversible decay. Of this remains the only church that had been completely rebuilt in the fourteenth century in its current shape and size.
1882 is an important year for the history of Badia Prataglia. Passo dei Mandrioli was opened, that is a vehicle link with Romagna. Between the end of this century and the first decades of the next, a development aimed at tourism begins for the place. The first hotels and houses were built with the specific purpose of tourist reception.
Apart from the church, the town is therefore relatively modern. It is the most populous center in the National Park. Many naturalistic itineraries start and arrive in Badia Prataglia. Routes that can be short walks as well as demanding excursions. Below we describe some of the best known and most popular.

BADIA PRATAGLIA AND EXCURSION ON MONTE PENNA, BALCONY ON LA LAMA

FROM AIA DI GUERRINO TO POGGIO SPILLO, THE LAMA AND SCALANDRINI PATH

FROM BADIA TO THE FAIRY HOLE AND THE DEVIL'S BRIDGE

FROM CAPANNO TO THE BRIDGE OF THE DEVIL, FAIRY HOLE, POGGIO SPILLO

THE VIA ROMEA ON THE TOSCO ROMAGNOLO APENNINES

BADIA PRATAGLIA and the itinerary that from Aia di Guerrino climbs to Monte Penna, an extraordinary balcony over the Lama Forest

The itinerary that from Aia di Guerrino climbs to Poggio Spillo, descends to the Lama and returns along the path of the Scalandrini.

The itinerary that from Pian dell’Agio, near Badia Prataglia, leads to Buca delle Fate and returns via the Devil's Bridge

The path that starts from Il Capanno and leads to Buca delle Fate, then climbs to Poggio Spillo, then descends to Aia di Guerrino

The spectacular route of the Via Romea that crosses the Apennines at the Passo di Serra, not far from the Passo dei Mandrioli



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