The stretch of the Arno valley that lies within the province of Florence is known as the Valdarno Superiore. The terrain near the river is flat, while gentle hills rise towards the east. The natural beauty of the landscape makes the whole area of great interest: the valley bottom and hills are carpeted with vineyards and olive groves, while climbing towards the watershed one comes to woods populated mainly by oak, chestnut and beech trees.
There is also no lack of sights of historical interest.
Before it reaches Florence, the valley of the river Arno is called superior. In the Pliocene the valley of the Arno was a vast lake; lately the valley was a zone of transit; in the Etruscan-Roman epoch it was crossed by the so-called Via Cassia Vetus which connected the territory of Arezzo to Fiesole.
The Valdarno: Masaccio and sites associated with his early career
On 21 December 1401, Tommaso di ser Giovanni Cassai – better known as Masaccio – was born in Castel San Giovanni, nowadays San Giovanni Valdarno in the province of Arezzo. Discover the sites of its artistic and cultural training.
This page is about a trip to the area known as the Valdarno superiore fiorentino, the stretch of the river Arno running from Figline Valdarno to Florence. Along the road are castles, villas, country parish churches and some beautiful countryside.