Routes by car – From Florence-Palazzuolo sul Senio, on the roads of Mugello

The Appennino tosco-romagnolo is an area all to discover: let the artistic wonders of Florence city centre you can visit a variety of villages, renaissance villas, museums and parks, that Unesco has classified as world Heritage. A journey of a few hours in one part, not very well known in Tuscany, but that deserves to be visited at least once: as always, before departure, remember to check the opening times of the places of interest.

If you are satisfied with the incomparable beauty of Florence and want to explore the surroundings to discover the other wonders of tuscany, this is a route for you. You have to leave the city with the s.r. 65, keeping on the right another jewel in the name Fiesole, and follow it up to Pratolino, where you will put in the account the first stop. To visit there is, in fact, the Medici Park, a monumental site declared by the Unesco, in 2013, Heritage of the Humanity together with the other villas and gardens with the medici. They have countless attractions, but the best known is the Colossus of the Apennines, a giant stone ten meters high, carved in 1580 by the flemish artist Jean de Boulogne, known as Giambologna; at his feet are a cave and a lake, while inside there are some rooms that can be visited. Other reasons for interest in the park are the chapel, the Grotto of Cupid, the stables, Villa Paggeria (now Demidoff) and the Gamberaie, in addition to the trails that is also forward in the gardens of the romantic style of a later period.

A trip in history. Left the picturesque nature of the park, proceed along the s.r. 64, reaching the first Vaglia, San Piero a Sieve. A money order you plan to visit the parish church, dating from the X century, but rebuilt towards the end of the XVII century and containing works by, among others, Lorenzo Lippi, in addition to the sixteenth-century Villa di Bivigliano, at the Palazzo Corsini, built at the beginning of the SIXTEENTH century, and the monastery of Monte Senario.

Among the medici villas, and the villages of the renaissance. We will proceed, then, to San Piero a Sieve, where there soffermerete the time necessary to visit the parish church, the original of the years around 1000, and the nearby medici villa of il Trebbio (in the locality of Trebbio 11, accessible, however, only with reservation), transformed from the stern castle into a rich mansion in the early ‘400 for the account of Giovanni and Cosimo de’ Medici, then inherited in the ‘500 Giovanni dalle Bande Nere. The journey will continue on the s.p. 551 until you reach Borgo San Lorenzo, to finally get with the s.r. 302 (winding, at the height of Razzuolo) and the s.p. 477, in Palazzuolo sul Senio, a lovely village of the tosco-romagnolo Apennines.

To see: Palazzuolo, the people of the mountains. To better understand the history of a territory, such as the Mugello and the lives of the people who, along the centuries, have resided, worth the visit in Palazzuolo sul Senio, the Museum of the mountain people, hosted by the fourteenth-century Palace of the Captains together with the archaeological Museum of High Mugello, which is on the top floor of the building. You will find thousands of objects that tell of a rural world threatened with extinction, with agricultural implements, tools of artisans, furniture, but also sacred images and devotional. Breathe in the scent of a community that was dispersed with the progressive depopulation of these mountains and the abandonment of the villages that dotted.


Total distance: 72,2 km

Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (stops not included)

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Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.