Crasciana is 799 metres above sea level and is about 12 kilometres from La Villa. The winding road to the village takes you through lovely forests. The chestnut forests close to Crasciana are particularly beautiful.

The name Crasciana comes from the Roman colonist Carsius. The town has a long history, beginning around 800 AD. At one time it had a large population and was important strategically in the years of fighting in the area.

It is delightfully sleepy now, a peaceful and beautiful place to visit. We drove up in late spring and the road was lined with wildflowers.

There are some fine old houses and decorations, narrow streets, and a collection of green doors.

A lovely little piazza in the centre of town makes a great place to gather for a chat.

The gardens are well cared for…there are flowers and vegetables growing all over the village.

As with all of the mountain villages, the views are spectacular, even on a hazy day.

We really enjoyed our walk through Crasciana and spoke to a few of the lucky locals who call it home. One resident pointed out that there is a Crasciana Alta…a good reason for another visit.

To reach Crasciana, take the turn off from the SS12 towards Casabasciana and follow the signs to Crasciana.



25 thoughts on “Crasciana

  1. We have been blessed by this sweet village and its people! We were sad to leave in June and look forward to returning each year. I have a large two bedroom if anyone ever wants a place to stay!

    • Just found this blog after thinking of moving there. Any info on the Casa Nardi would be great! Would an expat-American couple in their late 50’s find a welcoming attitude and employment?

      • I don’t know if Melonie will read this, so I will reply. I don’t know Casa Nardi. You would be made very welcome I am sure, but I doubt that you would find employment. There isn’t enough for the locals. I think you would need your own source of income.

  2. yes and we are lucky to live here – thanks for highlighting it so beautifully! We have taken on the old Il Cardo which once used to be a buzzing restaurant and nightclub – some 30 years ago – now it is our home – we wake to those views every day and never ever tire of them!!!

  3. Stunning photos as usual of this very pretty village, Deb. I feel like I’ve strolled the paths and smelt the flowers on such a fine day. Those mountain views are always so beautiful. Lucky residents!

  4. Such a beautiful place and beautiful photos – the local people obviously take pride in their historic village. I miss countryside that has those lovely green verges and wildflowers.

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