The Mugello landscape is a succession of graceful hills and sharp peaks, cultivated with vines, olive trees and fruit trees. In this enchanting panorama are set some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Read our tips on what to see in Scarperia and San Piero!
In Tuscany, at just a stone’s throw from Florence, the Mugello territory stretches north among rolling hills and tall cypress trees against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain crests and passes. It links two geographical areas: Mugello and Upper Mugello, also known as Tuscan Romagna. The towns that make up Mugello are San Piero a Sieve, Barberino di Mugello, Scarperia, Borgo San Lorenzo, Vicchio and Dicomano. Just north of Mugello, among the mountain crests and through the passes that lead down towards Bologna and Romagna we find Upper Mugello and the towns of Firenzuola, Palazzuolo sul Senio and Marradi
The villages in Mugello offer a great quantity of attractions and historical traces being the territory of origin of the powerful Medici family. Here are our tips on what to see in Scarperia and San Piero!
In the area of San Piero a Sieve and Barberino di Mugello the Medicean family originated: the tradition wants them poor charcoal farmers of the Mugello woods, until one of them became a doctor giving the name to the family.
In San Piero a Sieve, among the many beauties, you can admire the Medicean Fortress of San Martino. The construction, commissioned by the Grand Duke Cosimo I, began on June 30, 1569, but the final settlement of the imposing fortress was due to Bernardo Buontalenti who completed the undertaking probably in the last decade of the 1500s.
Characterized by an irregular circuit of curtains interspersed with seven bulwarks, the fortress has an extension of about a mile; in a raised position there is the keep called “the knight on horseback”.
Inside the fortress there were large underground areas, among which there is also a corridor that allowed to reach Sieve river by horses.
In the heart of Scarperia is the beautiful Palazzo dei Vicari, built in the fourteenth century, but which underwent numerous transformations and restorations over the centuries. The façade of the palace contains traces of the Medici power with the coats of arms on the façade of the members of the family who covered the important republican charge at different times.
The building is now home to a precious historical archive and houses the “Museo dei Ferri Taglienti”, a production of which Scarperia boasts centuries of high production.
On the central square where the Palazzo dei Vicari is located there is the Oratory of the Madonna di Piazza where the Vicars solemnly took possession of their Office and the Propositura of the SS. Jacopo and Filippo.
Things to see in Scarperia and San Piero a Sieve are so many to deserve a stay in Mugello, perhaps in complete relaxation at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, enjoying a delicious Tuscan cuisine. We are waiting for you in Mugello!
October in Tuscanyis the time of the chestnut harvest: in Mugello in particular there is a type of chestnut different from the others, the Marrone. Discover its history and its properties!
Autumn, mostly in Mugello, is a magical season for Tuscany: nature is painted in a thousand colors, the air becomes warmer and the light takes on golden shades. An ideal period for a holiday, where nature and history are the protagonists, and where it is possible to practice outdoor sports.
In Italy, food is cult and, depending on the region, traditional dishes can vary, from typical pasta dishes, such as tagliatelle lasagne and gnocchi, to specialties such as cheeses and desserts up to the infamous Tuscan recipe for wild boar ragù.
Milk is a “complete food” loved by young and old. A precious white nectar that becomes even more beneficial for health if of high quality. If you too are a lover of this white drink, discover with us the famous Milk Way in Mugello!
Mugello is an area rich in numerous medieval villages of incredible charm. Come with us to discover San Piero a Sieve!
When autumn arrives, the forest changes color and nature creates spectacular landscapes in which it becomes magical to immerse yourself. It is the Foliage phenomenon that in Tuscany offers truly unique emotions. Experience the Foliage in Tuscany and discover autumn walking in the most beautiful woods.
Bread throughout Italy is a fundamental food, always present on the table at lunch and dinner. But each region has its own specialties, discover with us the characteristics of Tuscan bread and why it is without salt.
The potato tortello is a dish that is part of the Mugello culinary tradition. Originally born as a poor dish, today it is a real gastronomic specialty made in numerous variations by Tuscan chefs. Discover with us the characteristics of the potato tortello of Mugello!