The small town of Pietralunga is located in a particularly fascinating natural landscape, characterised by a hilly morphology (566 metres above sea level) covered by tall woods, with a prevalence of oaks and maples, rich with juniper bushes. It is also the home of a rare regional species of orchid. The burgh of Pietralunga is engulfed by green woods, and downhill, where the Carpina river runs, there are plenty of pasture areas – hence the original name of the town, Pratalonga, or “long prairie” – where one can glimpse an agricultural tapestry with planted rows and isolated tree areas aggregated to typical peasant households.
Things to see
The historical burgh develops around the square Lombard tower, and within the ancient castle there are buildings, alleyways, Medieval squares that have been through countless transformations throughout the centuries, with the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, from the 15th century, the Palazzo dell’Orologio, Palazzo Fiorucci, Pieve di Santa Maria, the Antico Ospedale.
Not to be missed
On the second Sunday of every August, a great historical re-enactment of an event that occurred in 1334, the “Festa della Mannaia”, takes place here. The entire town participates in the competition between burgs and neighbourhoods, racing through the narrow alleyways carrying a very heavy car (the Biroccio), which was once used to carry those condemned to death.
Mostra – Mercato del Tartufo
The cuisine of this territory was born as “poor” cuisine, and this tradition is kept to this day. It originally consisted of simple ingredients, such as milk and dairy products, flour, and a few vegetables, such as potatoes, fava beans, and chickpeas. Everything harvested from the woods was widely used, such as mushrooms, blueberries, raspberries, and, of course, truffles, celebrated with an important “Mostra-Mercato del Tartufo e della Patata bianca” held at Pietralunga in October.