Dotting the valley north of Pescia are the old fortified villages called Le Castella, which because of the unspoilt natural landscape, reminded the Swiss historian Sismondi of his homeland, Switzerland. It is for this reason that this area has taken on the name, Svizzera Pesciatina.
Meting with the guide and visit to:
-Pietrabuona, characteristic village important for its strategic position. It is also known as “Centro di documentazione sulla lavorazione della carta.” (centre archive for the paper industry) where we can see how paper has been produced over the centuries
-S. Quirico, the square with its loggia and IX century church are worth a visit.
-Castelvecchio, the Pieve (church) of SS. Giovanni Battista and Tommaso represent one of the best examples of architecture in the valley of Valdinievole
-Vellano, the most important Castle of Svizzera Pesciatina whose structure is said to have inspired Dante for the writing of his Purgatory