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Castagniccia will charm you with its character, its stone-roofed houses that all have their own “rataghju” (chestnut drying room) and its flamboyant autumnal colours. The region covers the three “pieves” (ancient parishes) of Alesani, Orezza and Ampugnani, all of which are an ideal place for forest walks from where emerge, like the light of a lighthouse across the sea, the sound of the peeling bells of the Baroque churches.
Turning inland now, an ocean of forests awaits you. The origin of these forests dates back to 1584 when the Genoese organised the systematic planting of precious tree species, in particular chestnut trees.
As the region was highly populated at that time, the orchard became a vast forest of chestnut trees giving its face and name to the area known as Castagniccia today (castagna – chestnut).
In the Castagniccia region there are many churches with ornate interior decoration in the Baroque style that are well worth a visit.
The churches Saint-Pierre and Saint Paul in Pedicroce, Notre- Dame-du Mont Carmel at Stoppia Nova, La Porta, Giacatojo, Quercitello and the Valle d’Orezza are all listed as ancient monuments.
There is also the magnificent convent of Alesani to see, which celebrates its festival on 8 September.
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