Poppi

The castle of the Guidi family, the arches and palaces of the town

Poppi is located in the midst of the Casentino region, one of the most lovely valleys in Tuscany.

The medieval town is a rare walled city topped by Guidi Castle, built by the famous Di Cambio family of architects and a prototype, so to speak, of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Built in the 13th century, it has a façade with biphorae and a high tower in the centre and is surrounded by walls with flat-top merlons and a wide moat. Thanks to continuous renovations over the centuries, the castle of Poppi is excellently preserved.

Inside, we find the Biblioteca Rilliana, with hundreds of medieval manuscripts and incunabula.
Another very important part is the Counts’ chapel with a cycle of 14th century frescoes attributed to Taddeo Gaddi, one of Giotto’s students.

The monastery of the Augustine nuns (16th century) has a valuable collection of Della Robbia earthenware.

The visit can end with a stroll along the medieval walls from which you can admire the view of the Tuscan countryside.

The local dish

This potato pancake differs from the raviolo only in its filling: instead of spinach and ricotta cheese, you will find the incomparable Casentino truffle.