art, sports, nature and leisure
|| A deeply-rooted
attachment to their valley and traditions makes the inhabitants of
Mugello preserve the area as a lively and lovingly farmed countryside
even in its most remote and roughest areas, where centennial chestnut
trees take bizarre yet majestic shapes.
Mugello together with the neighbouring areas of Alto Mugello
and Val di Sieve offers endless opportunities for lovers
of hiking excursions on foot, by bike and on horseback.
In the surroundings of Agriturismo Sanvitale you will find stables
and rearing farms, whose animals are usually favourite attractions
for children and adults alike.
There are also swimming pools and tennis courts, gliding facilities
and a golf course, while the Bilancino lake offers beaches and all
kinds of water sports, as well as hosting several fairs and events.
Not far from Agriturismo Sanvitale, at Grezzano (a hamlet near Borgo
San Lorenzo) the Museo di Casa dErci
provides a glimpse in the recent and not-so-recent past of country
life with an outstanding collection of farming tools and an interesting
The Mugello International Racing Circuit
attracts thousands of motoring and motorcycling enthusiasts with a
rich programme of events spanning from April to the beginning of November.
The best loved event is usually the Italian Grand Prix of the del
MotoGP world championship, taking place in early June.
First opened in 1893, the historic route of the Faentina
railway line gives access to the area both from (starting from
Faenza) and from Tuscany (starting from Florence).
The Faentina railway, running through stunning landscapes at all times
of the year, also provides a bike transport service for cycling tourists,
who in Mugello will be spoilt for choice among the many ring trails
of varying length and difficulty.
Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo and several other art cities
and towns are within easy reach. Mugello
itself boasts a wealth of art treasures: churches, shrines,
castles and historic villas, small museums and ancient mills.
The Medici family originally came from here,
and two of their country villas (the castles of Cafaggiolo and Trebbio,
both designed by Michelozzo) still bear witness to their magnificence.
Mugello is also the birthplace of some great artists like Giotto,
Beato Angelico and Andrea del Castagno and, more recently, of the
poet Dino Campana. Villa Pecori Giraldi at Borgo San Lorenzo houses
a fine collection of Art Nouveau artefacts (ceramics, stoneware objects,
glassworks) made by the local Chini family.
Whatever the time of the year, Mugello is
rich of cultural, sporting and traditional events. Among the
most popular, let us mention the Palio della Fortezza
at San Piero a Sieve (late May), Dante Ghibellino at San Godenzo (early
July), Medioevo alla Corte degli Ubaldini at Palazzuolo
sul Senio (late July) and the Diotto Festival at Scarperia (beginning
of September). A number of Autumn events are devoted to the renowned
local chestnuts, while Borgo San Lorenzo at the end of November celebrates
the dainty white truffle.
The Summer months are an endless chain of country fairs, folk festivals
and art shows.
At Scarperia, an ancient town which
just celebrated 7 centuries since its foundation, the tradition of
knife-making dates back at least five centuries and is still flourishing,
with a large following among estimators and collectors worldwide.
The historic Palazzo dei Vicari in the heart of the old burgh of Scarperia
houses a research centre and record library about the craft of knife
making, while the Museum of Cutting Tools (Museo dei Ferri taglienti)
was opened in July 1999. For over three decades, experts and manufacturers
of "ferri taglienti" from all over the world meet annually
between June and September at Scarperia for an event not to be missed:
the Exhibit of Cutting Tools (Mostra dei Ferri Taglienti).
The environs of Firenzuola are rich
of a highly-prized sandstone variety known as "pietra serena",
beloved by all the major Tuscan architects since Filippo Brunelleschi.
Featured in historic squares, in the architectural details of old
town centres, on church façades, in Renaissance villas, for
centuries, this elegant grey-blue stone has been a distinguishing
feature of Tuscan style.
The imposing vaults of the Firenzuola citadel houses the Local Grey
Stone Museum (Museo della Pietra Serena), where visual, material and
documentary evidence recounts the age-old relationship between the
territory and its valued stone, and exhibits the real art works that
spring from the skilled hands of the master stone masons. And in order
to further celebrate its pietra serena, every year in October Firenzuola
hosts the festival "From the Woods and from the Stone" (Dal
bosco e dalla pietra).
In the nearby Sieve valley (Val di Sieve), the Chianti
Rufina and Pomino wine route traverses the vineyards where
Chianti Rufina is produced, over an area exceeding 12 thousand hectares
in the territories of Rufina, Pontassieve, Pelago, Londa and Dicomano.
The 16th Century Villa di Poggio Reale at Rufina, allegedly designed
by Michelangelo for the Mormorai family, is home to the Enoteca del
Chianti Rufina and to a Vine and Wine Museum (Museo della Vite e del
Or you can simply enjoy life on the slow lane for a few days: sit
back and relax; savour a leisurely holiday in a casual environment
surrounded by luxuriant nature; sleep late; indulge in the tempting
and long-forgotten smells and tastes of our organically grown produce;
enjoy reading your favourite book while basking in the sun; or rediscover
the fun of a round of cards or a board game among friends in our cosy
The list is virtually endless, but most of all
make yourselves comfortable, you will be our welcome guests!