From Florence to Fiesole
Here I am again, Hiking in Tuscany new episode From Florence to Fiesole.
This new episode of hiking in Tuscany, It’s to show you an alternative way to walk from Florence to Fiesole avoiding traffic or most of it.
Hiking in Tuscany from Florence to Fiesole it could be very simple and at the same time complicated if you can’t find the starting point.
So let’s start.
The hike from Florence to Fiesole, the beginning
You have to reach Via lungo L’affrico in Florence at the junction with Via Augusto Righi https://goo.gl/maps/9vNhCM8HPuwzVFvP8
and from there onward follow path number 7.
Remember It’s always necessary the have real map with you:
At the beginning the path follows a stream of water till you arrive at one big gate where you have to choose to go left or right.
You go right and go uphill. It gets steep for about 2 km, passing by lovely villas and quite corners, till you get to a little old chapel in Maiano. Before the Fattoria di Maiano;
Go towards Fattoria di Maiano and right before the fattoria turn left.
Stay on the asphalt road, pass by the gate of one of the Florentine archery group (http://www.arcieridelrovo.com/index.php)and walk till a green old bar blocking the road and after couple of restaurants and bars. Cross it and carry on for 1 km.
The woods part
As soon as you passed the green old bar blocking the road, you are entering the ANPIL of Monte Ceceri.
Carry on from the green Bar for about 1 km and you will see on your left a wooden big sign on a sharp left turn, that leads you on a very steep rocky path for another 1 km.
Take it and follow the white and red signs along the way, they will lead you to Piazzale Leonardo Da Vinci.
The peak of Monte Ceceri. https://peakvisor.com/peak/monte-ceceri.html
View of Florence
To get to the top(piazzale leonardo Da Vinci), you have to follow signs for path number 7 or for a while path of gods (Via degli Dei), there are few left and right turns to take so stay on the signed paths and don’t miss any.
It’s steep and the path goes up for around 150 mt D+, but when you get to the top the views and history will pay you back for the effort.
You will have the chance to read and learn about some Leonardo machines and its first attempt on making a man flying.
From here it’s all downhill, following signs towards Fiesole.
Very rocky paths so be aware of your ankles.
The official path is crossed by other several little roads, all built my workers to quarry the precious stone “pietraserena”. So keep your eyes peeled on the red and white CAI stripes towards Fiesole.
Fiesole and the way back
It’s a family walk with roughly 300/400 mt elevation gained and once in Fiesole there are restaurants to refill your energy and the way back is all down hill or take a taxi back.
To come back to the junction where you started (Viale lungo l’affrico with via Augusto righi) you can still follow CAI path number 2 that starts in Piazza Mino da Fiesole (https://goo.gl/maps/nfNRZ1LiVGePRDn46) all the way down to Florence passing through San domenico.
IT’s an urban trekking, very historical and lovely to walk it down hill. In San Domenico you will find bars and restaurants if you need to take a break.
At the end of the downhill part you reach a big long shaped roundabout with newspaper stand and bars. Take the very first road on the left that goes back to the starting point. https://goo.gl/maps/boP1zFzxXh1hjkrE9
Hiking in Tuscany from Florence to Fiesole, for not loosing your way
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