In the heart of Tuscany, Valdinievole is the ideal destination for those who wish to be in contact with nature and discover something new every day. Stay far from busy cities in a place that's perfect for those visiting as a couple, with family or with friends.
The hills around Montalbano that are covered by vineyards and olive groves, are the perfect backdrops for long walks, with many paths of various lengths and altitudes making them suitable for every kind of walker. Centuries-old paths will lead you to unexpected places such as San Baronto (Lamporecchio), travelling along an old path that was once used by wayfarers on their way to prayer and where the Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie can be found.
Other ideas include the route from the hamlet of Massa to the Sanctuary at Croci which can be undertaken on foot, by bike or on horseback. The route goes through a wood and then crosses over the Volata stream until it reaches the ancient Via Crucis that leads straight to the Sanctuary. Alternatively, walk around Colle di Monsummano, a circular route that departs from the Grotta Giusti spa and goes along the Geological Path.
The Natural Reserve of the Fucecchio Marshland is 1,800 hectares of land lying between the provinces of Florence and Pistoia. It's populated by 200 species of birds such as herons, cranes and black storks. Thanks to shielded paths and faunal observatories such as “Le Morette”, you can have a perfect viewing point without disturbing the birdlife.
The itinerary of the ten Castella della Valleriana, or 'Svizzera Pesciatina', connects ten hamlets, all built in pietra serena that are still genuine and unspoiled. It's the perfect starting point to discovering artistic treasures, high-quality products, and colourful traditions.
In Pescia, close to Pinocchio Park, you can find the Hesperidarium, a place that's unique of its kind. The garden is entirely dedicated to citrus fruits, with more than 200 types coming from all over the world. It's a true botanical park with centuries-old varieties coming from the 16th century collections of the Medici family containting some rare and exotic examples.
In Collodi, inside the Villa Garzoni’s Garden, the Butterfly House is home to hundreds of butterflies, originally from tropical and equatorial areas, free to fly about in an environment full of plants and flowers, typical of the zones they came from.