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Mount Giovi cultural ParkMount Giovi cultural Park

During the summer of 2008 “Mount Giovi Cultural Park” was inaugurated. It lies in an area that embraces Borgo San Lorenzo, Vicchio, Dicomano, Rufina and Pontassieve. The project serves as a “memorial” to recent history: the WWII Resistance movement, as well as the educational and social experiences represented by the work of Don Lorenzo Milani from Barbiana. The park, along with providing a source of cultural and social activity, is also a means by which rural viability can be restored.

 

The Mount Giovi area is undoubtedly of great naturalistic interest, and, in spite of its limited altitude (992 metres above sea level), presents typically mountainous characteristics such as dense chestnut and beech woods. The botanical, geological and architectural elements set a backdrop to the events that made the “Rebels” protagonists of the mountain. Mount Giovi proved the perfect spot for both the young partisans who were planning their retribution and a man such as Don Milani who, despite the views of the Church, founded a revolutionary school.

 

The trails move along five different themes that develop within the park. The trails are marked with arrows at the main crossroads where we also find ten information charts with interesting facts on the events that took place in and helped shape the territory.

Five “gates” give access to the main trails:

 

ROUTE 1

Acone (Pontassieve) - Galiga - Passo Aceraia - Prati Nuovi - Acone

  • Distance: 16,5 km
  • Maximum climb: 333 m uphill, 627 downhill
  • Time required: 5 ½ hours for the entire route
  • Difficulty: average-great
    It is identified with a sad moment in the Liberation of the Valdisieve territory and the Pievecchia retaliation: on June 8th 1944 German soldiers executed 14 innocent victims.

ROUTE 2

Mulino di Baldracca (Vicchio)- San Martino a Scopeto - Tamburino - Piramide Brigate Partigiane - Barbiana - Padulivo - Mulino di Baldracca

  • Distance: 14 km
  • Maximum climb: 530 m uphill, 631 downhill
  • Time required: 4 hours and 20 minutes for the entire route
  • Difficulty: average-great
    The locality of Padulivo, known for the tragic warfare of July 10th 1944 when 15 people were slaughtered, lies along this route.

ROUTE 3

Santa Brigida (Pontassieve) - Madonna del Sasso - Monte Rotondo - Passo dell’Aceraia - Croce di Aceraia - Santa Brigida

  • Distance: 11,5 km
  • Maximum climb: 495 m uphill, 398 downhill
  • Time required: 5 hours and 15 minutes for the entire route
  • Difficulty: average-great
    In 1945, in the vicinity of the Santuario della Madonna del Sasso, following a heated dispute, a Marshal of the Carabinieri Police, his son and an active communist were killed. The events would later provide inspiration for the novel by Carlo Cassola “La ragazza di Bube”.

natura_olio_giannini_09G. Giannini - Girasoli

ROUTE 4

Tamburino - San Giusto - Prati Nuovi - Casa Cerro - Monte Giovi - Piramide Brigate Partigiane - Tamburino

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Maximum climb: 188 m uphill, 188 downhill
  • Time required: 2 hours and 10 minutes for the entire route (+ 3 hours to the main trail, departure from Dicomano - Celle - Fostia - Pruneta - Tamburino)
  • Difficulty: average
    Recent finds have confirmed the fact that a sanctuary occupied the area in ancient times. It was probably dedicated to Jove (Jovis= Giove) as the name of the mountain suggests. Along this route one can admire the pyramid of the Partisan Brigade and the Casa al Cerro (one of the most popular Partisan bases). Every year, on the second Sunday of July, the Partisans of WWII and the Mount Giovi youth reunite in the vicinity of the Fonte alla Capra.

ROUTE 5

(San Cresci - Borgo San Lorenzo) - trail insert 3/A - Villa Cerchiai - Passo dell’Aceraia - Monte Rotondo - Montepulico - Poggio Santa Margherita - Campiano - trail insert 9 - (San Cresci)

  • Distance: 16 km (from trail insert 3/A to trail insert 9)
  • Maximum climb: 530 m uphill, 290 downhill
  • Time required: 5 hours and 10 minutes for the entire route + 1 hour from San Cresci
  • Difficulty: average
    Villa Cerchiai came under attack by German troops, who were trying to encircle the partisan forces, in mid-August 1944. These attempts were, however, thwarted by the partisans

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