We invite you to enter Palazzuolo sul Senio on tiptoe. It is an enchanting town set between the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines: refined, beautiful and peaceful. The beauty and silence that defines the town must not be disturbed, it is, as stated by the magazine Airone, the“Ideal Italian Town”.
In 2018 Palazzuolo sul Senio has been included among the "I Borghi più belli d'Italia", it means the list of the amazing small Italian towns.
To reach Palazzuolo sul Senio, you exit the A1 motorway at Barberino di Mugello, drive towards Borgo San Lorenzo and then climb the Faentina state road to the Colla Pass. Next is the Sambuca Pass from which we descend towards the town that lies in the Senio Valley along tree lined roads through woodland and fields.
The roads, the cobblestones that cover the quaint alleyways, the fresh smell of bread, the echoes of friendly chatter, the household pets lounging comfortably on the pavement, all welcome the visitor. The strongly Medieval urban structure dates back to the 13th century when the noblemen of these lands, the Ubaldini, had to relinquish their hold in favour of the Florentine Republic and therefore the Medici rule.
And thus Florence and Tuscany began to reign over a part of Tuscany that overlooks Romagna. The severe lines of the Capitani Palace remind us that before we existed, in 1506, Giulio II and Niccolà Machiavelli resided here. And the town can hardly forget the sleepless night which Garibaldi spent here when on the run.
Palazzuolo is ideal for nature lovers: itineraries for every level of ability and strength await the visitor. Trekking, mountain bike, road bikes, horseback riding, and even motor-tourism can be enjoyed in all tranquillity.
But, as if well known, body and mind come hand and hand. So, while we enjoy the soul enriching surroundings, a good meal is what we need. The territory is, in fact, renowned for its wholesome food and local dishes: tortelli filled with ricotta cheese or potato, cappelletti and tagliatelle alla boscaiola - with mushroom sauce – roast meats, stewed game, typical cheeses like “raveggiolo”, and mushrooms, truffles as well as the renowned and delicious IGP Mugello marrone chestnut.
A walk down Via Borgo dell’Ore is the best way to appreciate Palazzuolo. It is the oldest part of the town and offers a delightful glimpse of an ancient past: Piazza del Grano, which was the Medieval market place where the exchange of grains took place; Piazza Garibaldi, with its loggias: and Palazzo dei Capitani, built in the 14th century and covered in numerous coats of arms belonging to the Captains of the People who resided and legally represented the town there. Today the Palazzo is home to the Museo Archeologico Alto Mugello and the Museo della Civiltà Contadina e delle Genti di Montagna (upper Mugello archeological museum and museum of mountain folk - tel. 055 8046008 – 055 8046125 – www.palazzuoloturismo.it).
An impressive fountain stands just below the monumental steps that lead to SS. Carlo and Antonio Church.
Nearby we find the 15th century Santuario della Madonna delle Nevi in Quadalto and the Susinana Abbey with its 12th century church, which is today a farm residence.
Take a walk or cycle to the ancient Lozzole fortress (the church was recently perfectly restored) and to Campergozzole (quaint hamlet of intense beauty) along the ancient roads that lead to Colla di Casaglia.