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.