The Mugello is a wide valley to the north of Florence, bounded by the Apennine mountain range to the north. The wild yet harmonious scenery, a dense network of footpaths, the lake of Bilancino and the excellent local cuisine make this area an ideal holiday destination.
The Medici family originally came from the Mugello, and many fascinating traces of their glorious age can still be found here today www.mugellotoscana.it.
The territory of Mugello is made up of a broad valley to the north of Florence, bordered by the Apennine mountain range to the north, by the Calvana mountains to the west and by the group of Monte Morello-Monte Giovi to the south.
An itinerary across Mugello: from the Caldine to Marradi
From Florence take via Faentina (highway No. 302), go over the bridge alla Badia, and follow the road up the Mugnone valley among fascinating hilly landscapes dotted with castles and churches as well as the villas of rich ancient Florentine families.
The WWF nature reserve of Gabbianello is on the north-east bank of the Lake of Bilancino, near the village of Galliano (Barberino di Mugello).
The reserve was established as part of a full-scale environmental measure designed to create wetland habitats. These are the habitats that face the greatest risk of extinction in Italy as in Europe. The reserve is a recognized Protected Nature Zone of Local Interest in the Regional System of the Protected Areas of Tuscany and is also part of the national system of reserves of the Italian WWF.
The Cemetery is in Passo della Futa, in-between Florence and Bologna. It is 900 above the sea level, in the territory of Comune di Firenzuola and has been inaugurated in 1969 on a significant ground: it is located exactly in the middle of the long German defence line created by Marshal Kesselring and so-called Gothic Line. It was a defensive fortification which ran along the Appennines after the tragic result of the war.
An itinerary across Mugello between Vaglia and San Piero a Sieve
After leaving Florence and taking via Bolognese (highroad No. 65 of the Futa) – an ancient road between Florence and Bologna along which villas, castles and many "spedali" [hostels] for pilgrims and wayfarers were built – and after driving past the villages of Pian di San Bartolo and Montorsoli and skirting the wonderful historic Park of Villa Demidoff, you finally reach Pratolino.