Florentine hills: discover the less traveled itineraries

Florentine hills: discover the less traveled itineraries

Florence, the florid city (from the Latin Florentia), is one of the most loved cities in Italy and all over the world thanks to the artistic, cultural and architectural prosperity that cover the city in every corner. Once in a lifetime it is a must to visit the city, the flagship of the Renaissance, and why not, maybe even organize a trip out of town to the Tuscan lands, to enrich the holiday even more.

In fact, among the Florentine hills there are hidden paths and paths that smell of history. And then uncontaminated and boundless areas, where the human eye gets lost in rows of vineyards and olive groves. An incomparable naturalistic heritage lives and survives around Florence.

Florentine hills, itineraries

Tuscany offers a wonderful landscape with splendid hills, fantastic green expanses rich in biodiversity and parks where it is possible to organize excursions on foot and by bike. Let’s see some of them:

• Park of Poggio Valicaia

Located in the municipality of Scandicci, it can be reached by bike along the Volterrana provincial road; it is just 15 kilometers from the Tuscan capital, which can be covered in about an hour.

The park, a destination for many hikers, has a network of trails covering an area of ​​5 km.

The area enhances the green with the presence of both tree and shrub species, but also animal biodiversity. A noteworthy exit for lovers of nature and well-being.

• Ancient via degli Scalpellini

The scenic route goes from Settignano to Fiesole, both fractions of the capital. You can reach the path by bike (the bravest even on foot), since Settignano is 7 km from Florence.

The route, , is wedged wi7 kilometers longthin quarries of pietra serena and dense woods; the difference in height that is faced along the way up to the final point, that is Monte Ceceri, is 450 meters; excursion suitable even for the less experienced.

From the natural terrace that boasts the Ceceri, you have a breathtaking view of the city.

• Torrente Terzolle

Located north of Florence, near Cercina, the protected area has colossal dimensions of over 1900 hectares in the river basin.

Within this vast area there are 2 paths that can be traveled: the Poggio al Giro ring, the Piovano Arlotto path.

The first is synonymous with an exciting naturalistic ring route on the slopes of Poggio al Giro. It starts from Piazzale Leonardo da Vinci, which can be reached by car or even by bike. From here, take the path, which climbs along a wood to the summit of Poggio Balletto. The route climbs up to the summit of Poggio al Giro where you can enjoy an excellent view of Sesto Fiorentino and Florence itself.

The second, on the other hand, follows the road followed by Arlotto Mainardi (a Florentine priest who lived in the fourteenth century), who started from the parish of Macioli to reach the parish of Cercina. The path, 5,500 meters long, can still be covered both on foot and by bike and is suitable for everyone, since the difference in height between the starting point and the arrival point does not exceed 250 meters. Furthermore, along the way you will come across the Church of San Cresci in Macioli, renovated by the priest Mainardi between 1448 and 1466.

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