Castel Del Piano

To walk to Castel del Piano, you take the track from the house past the little shrine to the Madonna to the road. Turn left and within a few metres there is a path on your right that crosses the river and rises steeply to the town. The climb is worth it for the view back towards Cenno. At a leisurely pace, this is a fifteen minute walk.

The old part of Castel is intriguing to explore. It is a tucked away in tiny narrow streets to the right of the main road, all doorways, arches and churches to admire, with geraniums on every balcony and panoramic views from the terraces. When you are tired of exploring you can drop into Corsini’s on the main square for a cappuccino.

Locals shops line the main street, the Corso Nosini. Dante’s, opposite Corsini’s is great for home-made fresh pasta. Although it is more fun to shop at the local stores in the old part of town, there is also a lively and friendly well stocked Co-Op supermarket. To the right of the church seen in the middle picture below, there is a pizza place and a bar, which also serves ice-cream – so treat yourself!