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3 - CAMALDOLI - BADIA PRATAGLIA
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The sound of the wind and of the river accompany the Cammino among sacred places, full of history. Natural and artificial landscapes frame the way to Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta a Badia Prataglia.

Start Stage
Camaldoli
Arrival Stage
Badia Prataglia
Stage Length
8
Nation
Italy
Region
Toscana  
Ascent
502 mt.
Descent
477 mt.
Difficulty (1 .. 5)
CAI (Diff. Escurs.)
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After the stop at a water source, with cold water even in summertime, the Cammino starts again from the Monastero di Camaldoli. From the church porch, you go down in the Chiostro di Maldolo. The staircase leads you to the original access to the monastery, placed on the southern wall below the old Hospityum. Then you go through the courtyard close to the Antica Segheria ad acqua, and back on SP 67 in proximity of the bridge which crosses the Torrente Camaldoli.

The track to Serravalle gets back on 72 CAI trail, that separates from SP 67 right after the bridge. When you arrive in front of a wooden cross, you follow the trace of the mule track to Casa Pucini. Turkey oak trees, chestnuts and firs follow one another along the path. The bark of a roe deer echoes in the spring, and the bell of a deer in its mating season breaks the peace of the woods. In proximity of a moat, the mule track intersects 70A CAI trail, and you follow it past the restaurant and Casa forestale Pucini. Arrived at Podere Stradella, you go on to 70 CAI trail. A votive niche with Our Lady of the Rosary convinces you to take a break. Serravalle is very close and you reach it by taking the road that ends in the piazza. On the wall, a votive niche with an image of the Virgin Mary protects your path. From the piazza, you take the road that goes through the town 70 CAI trail, alongside which you find a church named after San Niccolò, which has inherited the blessing from the previous church, still visible in the piazza, underneath torre del Cassero. A tabernacle adorned with terracotta of the Madonna del Conforto is preserved inside a wall of the church. Serravalle is the only castle in the area that still has its certificate of incorporation: in 1188 the bishop of Arezzo, Amadeo, and the abbot of Prataglia, Guglielmo, founded it with the help of the inhabitants of Marciano, on the summit of Poggio dell&rsquoIncisa. Their aim was to place it somewhere where it could control the roads that go to Camaldoli and Badia Prataglia. The castel had various owners: the Montauto&rsquos and Caprese&rsquos families in 1000, the monks of Badia Prataglia in the XIII century and the Tarlati&rsquos and Umbertini&rsquos families in the XIV century. It was conquered by the Florentines in 1404. From the piazza you go down to Fosso di Serravalle on the 66 CAI trail. A typical bridge in stone climbs over the path and brings you to a paved road on the left. You climb up again among the houses in the village until you arrive to SP 67, walking past two votive niches consecrated to Madonna del Conforto and the Virgin Mary. Past the SP 67, the Cammino goes up the shoreline between the houses, and follows the road until Il Piano and then on the 66 CAI trail to Tramignone. A group of five houses, some of them restructured and some others in ruins, make up a village, which was abandoned in the last decades and occasionally populated. When you reach an intersection, go on to 60 CAI trail to Badia Prataglia. The path goes slightly downhill, and it is marked by a beautiful dry stone that supports the scarp above. A turkey oak and chestnut trees make up a forest full of majestic trees that accompanies the Cammino before passing on some clay soil, without vegetation and from which you can spot Serravalle. Past Poggio alla Croce, the trail reaches a bushy tract, ample views open up on the valley, on the flow of Archiano and on Badia Prataglia. The spring lights it up with colour that are in contrast with the blooming of the brooms and the hawthorns. The ruins of a building used as a shelter are still visible, just before entering a beech forest, where the trail passes over some moats that from the mountains fall into the Archiano river, creating suggestive waterfalls, and crosses some conifer trees that have covered the cultivated grounds of Podere Acquafredda. The trail then goes up the turkey oak forest, before Casanoca, and arrives to the 72 CAI trail, which comes from Badia Prataglia. You follow it until you reach the SR 71, in proximity of the Visitor Center of the Park, beyond which you arrive to Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta in Badia Prataglia. The residential area, with its castles sheltered behind the mountains, has raised around parish church. The exploitation of the woods, coal&rsquos production, firewood and a thriving artisan are the main resource of its inhabitants, which have transformed the village into an important tourist destination.

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