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Through the Mugello Hills to Florence

Archetypal Tuscany & spectacular Florence
Starting point:

Olmo, for one night at the Hotel-Ristorante Dino.

Day 1
Olmo to Fiesole: 16km, 6hrs; 585m ascent, 830m descent

You start by crossing terraces of vines and olive trees to the small chapel of Montereggi, from where pleasant woodland tracks ascend past a breathtaking viewpoint over Florence to a panoramic ridge. The last part of the walk leads along quiet country lanes and paths past more olive groves to reach the wooded promontory of Mount Ceceri, famed for its terraces overlooking Florence. As this is a short route, you can take time in the afternoon to explore Fiesole, its archaeological museum, Roman theatre, and fine church. You stay in the Pensione Bencistà in Fiesole.

Day 2
Fiesole to Florence: 8km, 2.5hrs; 60m ascent, 200m descent

Today's walk is easy and relaxing – the route winds across panoramic hills to the suburbs of Florence and then follows wide, elegant avenues into the historic centre. You stay two nights in the Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco.

Day 3
Explore Florence

The attractions of Florence, Italy’s greatest Renaissance city, need little introduction and almost everyone would have a different list. Spend your final day on our recommended city walk from Piazza del Duomo, which explores open squares and narrow streets, admiring historic palaces and public buildings, including one of the most famous art galleries in the world, the Uffizi, which contains works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, among others. Be sure not to miss Michelangelo’s statue of David in the Galleria dell’ Accademia or the fascinating Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno.

If your arrival here coincides with Easter, don't miss Scoppio del Carro (or ‘Explosion of the Cart’) a remarkable old folk tradition which is celebrated in the square in front of the Duomo. A cart, literally filled with fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is hauled to the square by a team of white oxen garlanded with flowers. Once the oxen are removed to a safe distance, a 'dove' flies down a wire from the High Altar and ignites the cart. The fireworks symbolise the Holy Fire created from three flints brought back from the First Crusade in 1096, and guarantee a good harvest and a stable life for the coming year.

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