Sestino and Sasso Simone

To the limit among Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Marche, in the uncontaminated nature of the Central Apennine, there is the small Commune of Sestino, ancient Roman Town hall in province of Arezzo. With a few more than 1.450 inhabitants, it represents the only Tuscan Commune of the Montefeltro, nearly totally divided between the provinces of Pesaro and Rimini.  Also lived in the antiquity by Etruschi, Piceni, Umbri and Galli Senoni, Sestino definitely grew thanks to the Romans who chose it what neuralgic city along the Apennines on the way between north and south of Italy. Center of thermal baths as every good Roman city, it still puts aside its own history reproduced in an original “stone-file” preserved in the Lapidary of National Antiquarium.

Past during the centuries from the Church to the Della Faggiola, then to Malatesta, Montefeltro and Della Rovere, in 1520 went under the Dominion of Medici in Florence, through three centuries of peace and prosperity. It was on 1566 that Cosimo De’ Medici ordered the construction of the fortitude that would have dominated the imposing Stone of Simone, to defence the confinements against the expansion of Granducato of Urbino. Just the extraordinary high ground of the Simone Sassi welcome today a Natural Reserve and a naturalistic park where are organised many trips to the discover of unique geological places. History tells that humanity was interested in Sasso Simone just thousands of years ago; probably as a place of cult choose by the pagans for their sacrifices in gods’ honour.

An excursion to Sestino can be an excellent occasion also to buy directly from the producers the best bovine meat of race chianina. This small town is in fact among those where you can find the original “Florentine steak”. Non to loose!