Fiesole - FirenzeAl centro di un’emozione
While walking, we shall discover a most beautiful itinerary along the Via delle Burraie, alternating panoramic views with a forest, once a grazing area, where small structures can still be seen, that were built by shepherds who processed milk in order to obtain butter. We shall start from the core of Settignano and will follow the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, an excellent religious building of the 16th century, with an altitude of 565 m above the sea level and surrounded by a thick forest of oak trees and chestnut trees.The sanctuary was originally designed as a hermitage, and today is a timeless place where monks live. After a picnic lunch, we may proceed to the sanctuary of Santa Brigida, named for the Swedish saint that stopped here during her pilgrimage of 1300 towards Rome. At the end of the visit to the Sanctuary of Santa Brigida, we will arrive to Florence by public means of transport.
You want to discover basic orientation techniques during one of the most beautiful walks within the protected area of Mensola and Monte Ceceri, between Fiesole and Florence:come with us to walk among forests and cave, enjoying magnificent views.During the itinerary you will reach the Mensola, a torrent that used to be a nymph, according to mythological beliefs, and Monte Ceceri, from whose peak Leonardo da Vinci made his first flying experiments.
If you are a motor enthusiast but you can’t resist the charm of the Tuscan countryside, and when you switch off the engine, you want to hear only the birds singing? Stop in San Piero a Sieve!Here you can meet many motorcyclists and drivers who will tell their fascinating experiences. You'll be able to share your passions with sports enthusiasts who come from all parts of the world to see the event of the year: the motorcycling championship, "the Italian Grand Prix" of the Mugello Circuit. You will happen to listen to the tales of passionate riders taking part in vintage car rallies, or adventurous bikers parked at a rally to the discovery of Tuscan countryside
The pathways wind throughout the Fattoria di Maiano estate. The itinerary is specially designed to introduce to our visitors the animals that live in their natural habitat: Limousine cows, a bull and Amiata donkeys.Those animals will captivate you with their friendliness and docility. Exceptionally included in the “Safari tour”, a visit to the charming “Laghetto delle Colonne”, situated at the heart of the estate, whose name celebrates the fact that the quarry at its centre is reputed to have provided the columns for the church of San Lorenzo in Florence. Among the many illustrious visitors, was Queen Victoria who sketched the lake of the columns while staying at the Temple Leader’s villa.We assure: amazing views of the city of Florence by unusual corners of the Tuscan landscape, out of the caothic traffic life and a great fun.Bring your camera!
If you wish to terminate your day away from the bustle of the city, in a clean and healthy environment, where the elevation mitigates the summer heat, take part in a marvellous itinerary only one way by MTB with guide, from Fiesole to Florence center. You will cross a unique rural landscape, during the sunset when the colors of nature turn magic, transforming the countryside around Fiesole and Florence into an unparalleled landscape.
- Duration of the ride: 2h30- Km: 19- Departure: Fiesole, Piazza Mino da Fiesole- Difficulty: Base-occasional cyclist- Difference in altitude: 90 meters- Route one-way- At the end of the tour, participants will be released from the bike.
If you want to reach the heart of Tuscany, you have to ride a bike and follow us, discovering the hills of Fiesole. You will live a continuous up and down through splendid trails and country roads, the ancient paths used by farmers for their work, in the middle of original and unique landscapes dotted with parishes, farmhouses, secret spots, amazing views and a forever-changing horizon. We will start our bike tour from Fiesole main square and, crossing a countryside made up of olive trees and vineyards, we will reach the Convent of Montesenario, right where the Apennines originate. We’ll be back to Fiesole following a different road.
- Duration of the ride: 4h- Km: 30 - Departure: Fiesole, Piazza Mino da Fiesole - Difficulty: Medium-Active Rider / Expert-Competitive Cyclist
- Difference in altitude: 1100 meters
Approaching Florence from Fiesole and its hills dotted with secular villas is a truly unique experience, and a very affordable one, since most of the itinerary develops on flat or downhill roads. After discovering the bind with the surrounding territory we will finally come into town, using secondary roads away from the bustle of the city. The first leg will be characterized by the green color of olive tree groves and cypresses, with several testimonies of the thousand-year-old history of this area. Then by the cycling lane along the river Arno, arrived in the old town of Florence we will capture the atmosphere of squares, ancient streets and trails displaying along the path, in a continuous alternation of remote tracks and modern looks.
- Duration of the ride: 2h30- Km: 20- Departure: Fiesole, Piazza Mino da Fiesole- Difficulty: Base-occasional cyclist- Difference in altitude: 70 meters- One-way itinerary- At the end of the tour, participants will be released from the bike.
Live an unforgettable path and its unique emotions in the heart of Tuscany. With starting point on the Fiesole hills (295 m a.s.l.), let’s enjoy an emotional visit of the incomparable countryside of Fiesole, and all the way back to Florence along the Arno river, an itinerary in total safety and far from the city congestion.
A perfect synthesis that gives bikers a deep taste of this part of Tuscany like never before. First the Etruscan village of Fiesole, with its stunning view over Florence and its quiet hospitality; secondly the countryside, sometimes sweet and moving, sometimes harsh, severe, refined, dotted with villas, houses, churches and castles, delighting the visitors’ eyes with countless discoveries. Then the Arno river, its mills and the ancient main road leading to the city centre of Florence, back to the time when life revolved around the river. Finally the city, of which we’ll discover the most suggestive attractions.An overview of Florence, the meaning of its territory.
- Duration of the ride: Full day- Km: 30-50- Departure: Fiesole, Piazza Mino da Fiesole- Difficulty: Medium-active cyclist - Difference in altitude: 500 meters- One-way itinerary- At the end of the tour, participants will be released from the bike.
Going down from the Convent of Montesenario (on top of the mountain, 817 m a.s.l.) we will reach the city centre of Florence, crosssing the stunning countryside of Fiesole. Florence Cathedral and its towering Dome will be the centre of our bike trip and our final destination. First we’ll encounter the century-old fir trees that guard an ancient hermitage and the wide slopes of Mugello with the Apennines in the background; then the olive trees, the cypresses and the unique rural landscape of the hills of Fiesole. Finally the Arno river, which takes us into the heart of the city, where eventually we can see at first hand what we had been admiring from afar. A unique emotion and an unforgettable synthesis of Tuscany’s treasures.
- Duration of the ride: 4h30- Km: 27- Departure: Fiesole, Piazza Mino da Fiesole- Difficulty: Base-occasional cyclist- Difference in altitude: 90 meters- One-way itinerary- At the end of the tour, participants will be released from the bike.
From Piazza Mino proceed in the direction of Olmo for approx. 3 km, through the village of Fiesole and onward in the open countryside. Turn right following the direction to Compiobbi. After a short uphill you will begin your journey toward Florence, surrounded by cypresses and olive trees. Keep Montececeri on your right, a place known for the extraction of “Serene stone” (Pietra serena) and for being the place where Leonardo da Vinci performed his human flight experiments. With the city of Florence always in sight, pass by Villa Peyron and the Fontelucente forest, then Castel di Poggio. By the following crossroads follow the directions to Compiobbi. By the third crossroad, after a few meters, leave the main road Via della Selva and turn right into the narrow Via di Bagazzano. The road begins plain then goes down a little steep, with Florence peeking out between the olive trees. Ignore the various roads crossing and bend to the left before at a shrine. Then, by the two successive crossroads, first turn right into Via Montegirone then immediately left into Via di Terenzano. Pass by the little church of S.Martino of Terenzano and the homonymous little village. By the following crossroad take the road on the left into Via della Rosa (with a little ascent), pass over a bunch of farm houses and when the descent becomes steeper turn right into Via dei Bassi, all the way down the valley until you reach San Jacopo al Girone, immersed in a hilly landscape of cypresses and endless expanses of olive trees
Turn right into via San Jacopo al Girone, which runs alongside the railway. Cross the rails by passing under a bridge after you have turned left. By the traffic light at the crossroads with Via Aretina go on the opposite side leaving the church of Girone on your left, then proceed into the village following Via dell’Arno first, then Via delle Gualchiere for a few meters, and finally take the pedestrian-cycle path on the left. Florence city centre and the Dome are now right in front of you. Just follow the cycle path along the banks of river Arno and you will easily get there.
Start: FiesoleStop: FirenzeDuration: 3 h.Distance: 19,7 kmTotal vertical climb: ca. 90 mLevel of difficulty: Path to everyone for difference in height and length. It takes place on paved roads and cycle paths. It takes place on paved roads and cycle pathsSurface: PavedKind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bikeRent Bike: FiesoleBike
Ride for about 10 km in the direction of Olmo through sweet uphill and downhill roads, along Via dei Bosconi, right in the heart of Fiesole territory. An expanse of hills which reflects the ancient harmonic relationship of men and nature. From the road you will soon see the hills of Fiesole on the south, watching the city of Florence from above, and Montemorello on the west, which marks the horizon guiding your eyes down the valley toward the river Mugnone. Here a pattern of farmlands and woods dotted with rural houses and bell towers display different colors according to the season, from green and grey to yellow, orange and brown. Toward north the face of Montesenario with its monastery watches over the valley like an outpost on Mugello and the Apennines. By the crossroads of Quattro Strade proceed onward in the direction of Bivigliano, where the municipality of Fiesole ends leaving place to that of Vaglia. After a bend on the right a short steep uphill path begins, which leads to an open viewpoint. Now you can see Poggio Pratone toward east (702 mt, the highest point in the Fiesole territory), and Montereggi. Down the valley the Florence Dome stands out with its unmistakable shape, announcing the “Flower City” (Florence) to visitors. By the following crossroads turn right in direction of Montesenario, your first destination, and along its mountain face: a watershed with the wider and sweeter hills of Mugello
Here, a mountain landscape shaped by the wind, wide prairies, pine, chestnut and fir trees take the place of olive trees and cypresses. Immersed in the silence of the thick fir tree wood of Montesenario, darkness anticipates the peace of the monastery. The Apennine Mountains come unexpected in sight, distracting bikers from the effort to ascend the top (809 mt). Now go back on the same road (the most experienced of you may take the steep and gravely road Via Matris ) until the crossroads, then turn right in the direction of Bivigliano, which you reach after a long downhill path through thick chestnut trees. After crossing the main square in the village proceed along the tree-filled boulevard and through a pine tree wood until the sight becomes wider and brighter into the road which leads back to Fiesole.
DETAILSStart: FiesoleStop: FiesoleDuration: 5 h (alternative path 6 h)Distance: 33,2 km (34,1 km)Total vertical climb: ca. 590 m (ca. 770 m)Level of difficulty: Path to gain altitude and length requires some training. It takes place on paved roads or dirt roads, requires some experience in the conduct of the mediumSurface: Paved (Paved, Unpavedl)Kind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bike (Mountain bike)Rent Bike: FiesoleBike
Head north for approximately 3km following the road toward Olmo, until you reach the locality of Baccano. Turn right toward Compiobbi. Keep following this direction until the village of Montebeni, and take the road on your left to Ontignano. With the sight of Florence behind you, the landscape starts changing, with few buildings leaving place to woods and olive groves until you get to the romanic parrish of S.Maria a Ontignano, with a bunch of houses on one side. Proceed for a few meters and you’ll see a gate: turn right, and after a couple of narrow bends the road goes down passing over a bridge which anticipates the presence of a stream, the Sambre. Here a little waterfall and the clear waters of a pond invite you for a short break. Change the gear ratio of your bike: from now on some short but steep uphill legs alternate with longer flat stretches. The road becomes unpaved, and you’ll be surrounded by woods. The city is not far away; still it seems forgotten in this place. Biking between cypresses, white dry walls and the ruins of a dilapidated farm house (Noce Superiore) you will have to face the last ascent, after which you can take a breath and begin the easier way down on the other side, immersed in a wonderful countryside (ignore the trails on your left). The shadow accompanies you while you pass over another stream, then a farm house, with the road winding through hills and olive trees toward Fattoria Paiatici. Leave it behind passing under an arch and once back on paved path proceed along the narrow road, then turn left by the third bend, following the directions to a graveyard. Once you have reached the church downstream and the small village of San Donato a Torri, in proximity of a tabernacle, take the road on the left toward Via Valle, carry on for about 3 km in the open countryside, then through a shadowy wood, along Borro delle Falle all the way to the village of Citerno
By the crossroad take the road on the left, which becomes steeper when passing through a cypress wood. It will be worth the effort however, since a wide and luminous plateau welcomes you after passing a farm house on the left. Depending on the season, the rows of cypresses and olive trees alternate with the red of poppies or the yellow fields of wheat. The road soon becomes unpaved again, amid the pure and silent countryside just on the outskirts of Florence. Proceed along a rural building and after a couple of kilometers, in proximity of a fork with a gate and a holly hedge, turn left on a short but steep uphill path. On the right you can see the hillock of Monteloro (it is well worth reaching it!). Surrounded by inviting vineyards, after a few kilometers on untarred road you will cross a paved one. Turn left to reach the San Clemente valley: a unique, harmonious example of Florentine countryside, lost among rural houses, ancient farms and Renaissance villas, tower houses, vineyards and cypresses. Here a young Dante Alighieri spent his summer days with Beatrice Portinari, and here the German writer Hermann Hesse fell in love with Italy. After a few meters turn right on the unpaved road Casale San Vincenzo, again surrounded by vines. The road leads to the splendid Villa il Poggiolo all the way to the main street. Turn on the left on a uphill road. On the left side the church of Pagnolle shortly comes in sight, while on the opposite side, after a string of stone arches, the Renaissance Villa Le Fonti stands out half hidden by the olive trees. By the following crossroad go straight on the road uphill, in opposed direction to Fiesole. Proceed for 5 km on this secluded path away from traffic, and you reach again the main road which shortly takes you back to Fiesole.
Start: Fiesole Stop: FiesoleDuration: 5 h.Distance: 26,5 kmTotal vertical climb: ca. 650Level of difficulty: Path to gradient and length requires a great workout. It takes place on paved roads or dirt roads, requires some experience in the conduct of the mediumSurface: Paved, UnpavedKind of Bike: Mountain BikeRent Bike: FiesoleBike
From the main square Mino da Fiesole following the path of the upcoming UCI world championship 2013, proceed in the direction of Caldine, leaving first the apses of the cathedral on your left, then the archaeological site and the Roman theatre on your right. In proximity of the first bend proceed straight, leaving the main road into Via Duprè (a downhill road with some rough parts!). The view over Fiesole countryside and the Mugnone valley shows itself in all its majesty. After surpassing one of the two hills of Fiesole you will reach the crossroad with Via di Fontelucente. Turn right into the descending road (before that, it is worth crossing Via Vecchia Fiesolana and going up for a few meters to reach the magnificent viewpoint which will delight you with a breathtaking view over Florence and the Chianti hills). Before the Church of Fontelucente turn left into Via delle Palazzine. Proceed on the narrow street until you reach Via Roccettini, in proximity of Badia Fiesolana and the European University. Turn left. From the large square opposite the Badia, on the side across Via Salviati, a steep ascending road marks the final circuit of the World Cycling Championship. Proceed on the uphill road until you reach the main road connecting Fiesole to Florence (in proximity of the village of San Domenico). Turn right in the direction of Florence, again along the circuit of the World championship, which you will leave after a few meters by turning right into Via Boccaccio
The street winds through splendid villas all the way to the little neighborhood of Le Cure and its homonymous square. Use the underground passage (near the open market) to cross the railway and reach the cycle path of Viale don Giovanni Minzoni until Piazza della Libertà. Cross the junction alleys and keep going on the cycle path along via Cavour. Pass by Piazza San Marco. You are already in the historic centre of Florence and its pedestrian area, and just a few minutes away from the amazing sight of the Dome and Baptistery.
Start: FiesoleStop: FirenzeOne way!Distance: 9 KmTotal vertical climb: ca. 30mLevel of difficulty: Bike path suitable for all cyclists in term of length and vertical climb. It take places paved roads or bikewaysSurface: PavedKind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bikeRent Bike: FiesoleBike
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