Strada del Tartufo e della Castagna - Valle del Turano

The chestnut

Along our itinerary, just over 3 km from Collegiove you will start seeing plots of fruit-bearing chestnut woods, extraordinarily beautiful in trunk and foliage. On the side of the street and a little further there are some massive chestnut trunks, some around 300 years old, some cut a few meters from the earth and growing young suckers. In the Cicolano and Turano areas, there are still some other great specimens (Valle Malito and S. Lucia of the chestnuts) whose trunks bear witness to the tough fights these giants have to undertake against the passage of time and sometimes even Man’s fury. BoxCastagna.png

The climatic and geographic production area, known as “Castanetum“, includes the towns of Accumoli, Amatrice, Antrodoco, Ascrea, Borbona, Borgorose, Borgovelino, Cantalice, Castel Sant’Angelo, Cittaducale, Cittareale, Collalto Sabino, Collegiove, Concerviano, Fiamignano, Longone Sabino, Marcetelli, Micigliano, Nespolo, Orvinio, Paganico Sabino, Pescorocchiano, Petrella Salto, Posta, Pozzaglia, Rocca Sinibalda, Turania, Varco Sabino, at an altitude between 400 and 1.200 m above sea level and cultivated in typically acidic, very loose, deep, light and fresh terrains.
Chestnuts in the province of Rieti come from fruit-bearing (Castanea Sativa mill.) coppice stands of the “Antrodoco Brown” and “Cicolano Red” varieties, whose characteristics are due exclusively to natural factors and the work of Man. The Castagna Rossa del Cicolano (Red Cicolano Chestnut), which is the most widely distributed over our route, has an especially delicate and sweet flavour, with no more than three fruits per husk and rounded in shape.