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  • The route:
    San Piero a Sieve - Villa di Cafaggiolo - Castello del Trebbio
  • Distance run: 12,5 km
  • Uphill climb: 245 m
  • Trails: part of the SO.F.T. trail no. 8
  • Difficulty: A fairly easy route of particular historical and architectural interest.

On the tracks of the MediciOn the tracks of the Medici

The trail sets off from Colonna Square in San Piero a Sieve (205 metres above sea level), and climbs up along the ancient Via Medici road. The trail leaves the paved road and moves towards the outer limits of the campsite (283 m). It bypasses the road heading for the Medici Fortress of San Martino on the right, and goes left continuing along the campsite fence for 1.5 km. where it crosses the very busy SR ( Regional Road) 65, the road that heads to the Futa Pass (252 m).

Once on the other side, the trail descends right for some metres and then turns left onto a road that goes to Trebbio Castle.

At the locality named “Gli Ischieti” (271 m), the first path on the right leads through the woods and to the hamlet of “Fornace” (228 m). It passes in front of a farmhouse and along a straight level road that leads to Villa di Cafaggiolo (227 m). The Villa stands on the right hand side of the trail which continues up along the walls of the park and towards Trebbio Castle. It cuts through the Cafaggiolo Game Reserve and reaches a group of houses (401 m) from which the road stretches directly to Trebbio Castle (450 m). From the Castle, the trail passes in front of a 17 th century chapel and begins its descent, coasting the wall of the castle garden on the left. After a rapid fall, a distance of about 2 km, on a cypress tree lined road, the trail leads back to SR 65 and, from there, onto the same trail - in the opposite direction - to San Piero a Sieve.

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