Stia in Casentino – Tuscany
Stia is placed in the northern Casentino (Tuscany) and is dominated by the Castle of Romena and the Castle of Porciano.
The origin of the latter one dates back to the first years of the XI century; it belonged to the Conti Guidi. It has the biggest tower of the Casentino: from its top you dominate a large part of the valley.
Some kilometres away from Stia, you have to visit the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where fifteenth-century and sixteenth-century paintings and several terracottas of Della Robbia are preserved.
Coming back to Stia it is to remember that the origins of this centre go back to the XI century and till the ‘500 it was a place of market for the northern Casentino. A product of a particular economic importance was the wool, as it is still today, being Stia also known for the Cloth Casentino or Fabric Casentino.
Stia is also important from the artistic and architectural point of view. In the beautiful Tanucci Square it spreads out a wonderful Romanesque parish church that in this site has its own page. Another church to be visited is the Oratorio del Ponte.
During the year in Stia several demonstrations are carried out; the known Carnival and the biennial show devoted to the wrought iron are to be pointed out.
In Stia other two places are worth walking: the Parco della Rana, a green and fresh place along the Arno, and the gardens of the Palagio Fiorentino. Here you can drink beneficial waters that arrive from the Fonte di Calcedonia and visit the Castle of the Palagio Fiorentino.
The territory of the Village of Stia offers you several and different naturalistic aspects that invite to excursions. Two places, both on the Falterona Mountain and near each other, are worth walking: the sources of the Arno, of Dante’s memory, and the Lago degli Idoli, a sacred place for the Etruscans.