Some 10 km (6 mi) south of La Verna on SR54 is the small hilltop town where Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, was born on March 6, 1475.
Museo Michelangelo. Opened in 1964 to honor the 400th anniversary of Michelangelo's death, the museum displays photographs, plaster casts, and documents relating to the artist's work. Via Capoluogo 3, 52033. 0575/793912.
€5. Apr. and May, Mon.–Sat. 11–6, Sun. 11–7; June, July, and Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–7, Sun. 9:30–7:30; Aug., daily 9:30–7:30; Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10:30–5:30, Sun. 10:30–6:30; Nov.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 11–5, Sun. 11–6).
Sagra della Castagna. During two weekends in mid-October, Caprese Michelangelo's very lively Sagra della Castagna (Chestnut Festival) takes place. Among the many other chestnut-based delights that feature in the fair, the freshly made castagnaccia (a typically Tuscan dessert made with chestnut flour, pine nuts, and rosemary) is a must-try. Tourist office, Via Capoluogo 46. 0575/793760. www.capresemichelangelo.net.
La Verna, Italy