Florence walking tours

The historical Florentine Hills, from Fiesole to Settignano

Fiesole
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We set off from Fiesole, an Etruscan but later Roman city, admiring the
most breathtaking view of Florence. We retrace the ancient Via degli Scalpellini and stop for a visit to the quarries of “pietra serena” a stone used in Renaissance Florence.
Crossing a countryside which bears witness to the harmonious balance between man and nature we reach the Neo-Gothic Castello di Vincigliata and then make our way to the characteristic village of Settignano.
Difficulty : an easy excursion of historical and artistic interest with a beautiful landscape
Duration: half-day

Torre del Gallo
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From Piazzale Michelangelo to Arcetri along the ancient walls of Florence

We take a leisurely stroll from Piazzale Michelangelo along the enchanting streets to the hill of Arcetri. We then come to the Romanesque church of San Miniato, the medieval castle of Torre del Gallo, the numerous farmhouses and villas with their beautiful parks, which in time have housed distinguished figures, until we reach Forte di Belvedere. The quiet and magnificent views from the Florentine hilltops and ancient villages will plunge us in the exquisite Tuscan countryside while being at a stone’s throw from the city of Florence.
Difficulty: very easy excursion interesting for its landscape and historical and artistic importance.
Duration : Half-day

In Chianti from Castle to Castle

Etruscans, Romans, Medieval knights and even our allied forces passed this way. We shall follow their trail and see the settlements on our way which have in time been transformed as Il Castello delle Convertoie and Il Castello di Uzzano, birthplace of Niccolò, adversary of Cosimo de’ Medici.
Today the castle di Uzzano has become a farm for the production of a renowned Chianti wine.
Difficulty: an easy excursion, very interesting for the landscape and historical characteristics. A must for food and wine lovers.
Duration: half-day

Terracotta trail, from Impruneta to Falciani

We set off from Piazza Buondelmonti in Impruneta, a world renowned locality for the production of fine terracotta, through a mixed wood- pinewood, which is characteristic of the hills south- east of Florence, down to Falciani along roads which offer spectacular views. At the end of our walk we will visit a typical workshop where we can witness the making of artistic terracotta.
Difficulty: simple excursion, culturally interesting with spectacular landscape views.
Duration: half- day

The Medici and The Mugello

From S. Piero a Sieve we come to the fortress of S. Martino, stronghold of the pass that led to Florence, and we continue down the hills until we come to the Medicean villa del Trebbio. The itinerary continues and we walk through woods and fields until we come to a very suggestive Pieve (church)from which stretches before us the entire valley of the Mugello, treating us to an amazingly spectacular view.
Difficulty: simple excursion of historical and naturalistic interest with beautiful landscapes.
Duration: full day

Chianti: Greve – Verazzano

This is one of the most interesting itineraries in the heart of the Florentine Chianti. We will stop at the splendid structure that is the Castello di Verazzano, birthplace of the famous sailor, where we
can indulge in the tasting of the excellent local products. We have included in this itinerary a stop at the characteristic village of Montefioralle, which retains its original medieval structure, and another stop at the Romanesque Pieve (church) of San Cresci.
Difficulty: simple excursion, interesting for its landscape and art and perfect for wine and food lovers.
Duration: full day.