• Fiesole: made in Tuscany
    Fiesole: made in Tuscany
  • The best way to know Florence and his countryside
    The best way to know Florence and his countryside
  • Fiesole is nature: sports center under the open sky
    Fiesole is nature: sports center under the open sky

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Visualizza Una mappa: un tesoro in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

AFiesole-Florence following the footsteps of the 2013 World Cycling Champioship (One way!)

…the street winds through splendid villas…just a few minutes away from the amazing sight of the Dome and Baptistery of Florence…

BFiesole-Florence: the greenway (One way!)

…immersed in a hilly landscape of cypresses and endless expanses of olive trees…follow the cycle path along the banks of river Arno and you will easily get there…

C – Fiesole: essence of Tuscany  (Circular way!)

…a pattern of farmlands and woods dotted with rural houses and bell towers… down the valley the Florence Dome stands out with its unmistakable shape, announcing the “Flower City” to visitors…

DFiesole: nature just behind the door  (Circular way!)

…the road soon becomes unpaved again, amid the pure and silent countryside just on the outskirts of Florence…while you pass over another stream, then a farm house, with the road winding through hills and olive trees…

B – Fiesole and Florence as you’ve never seen them before!
From the countryside all the way to the city centre.

One way!

…immersed in a hilly landscape of cypresses and endless expanses of olive trees…follow the cycle path along the banks of river Arno and you will easily get there…


Visualizza Fiesole and Florence as you’ve never seen them before! in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

START  Fiesole
                                                           STOP  Florence

FIESOLE RENT – FLORENCE DELIVERY

Bus for the climBike for the down!

From Piazza Mino proceed in the direction of Olmo for approx. 3 km, through the village of Fiesole and onward in the open countryside. Turn right following the direction to Compiobbi. After a short uphill you will begin your journey toward Florence, surrounded by cypresses and olive trees. Keep Montececeri on your right, a place known for the extraction of “Serene stone” (Pietra serena) and for being the place where Leonardo da Vinci performed his human flight experiments. With the city of Florence always in sight, pass by Villa Peyron and the Fontelucente forest, then Castel di Poggio. By the following crossroads follow the directions to Compiobbi. By the third crossroad, after a few meters, leave the main road Via della Selva and turn right into the narrow Via di Bagazzano. The road begins plain then goes down a little steep, with Florence peeking out between the olive trees. Ignore the various roads crossing and bend to the left before at a shrine. Then, by the two successive crossroads, first turn right into Via Montegirone then immediately left into Via di Terenzano. Pass by the little church of S.Martino of Terenzano and the homonymous little village. By the following crossroad take the road on the left into Via della Rosa (with a little ascent), pass over a bunch of farm houses and when the descent becomes steeper turn right into Via dei Bassi, all the way down the valley until you reach San Jacopo al Girone, immersed in a hilly landscape of cypresses and endless expanses of olive trees.

Turn right into via San Jacopo al Girone, which runs alongside the railway. Cross the rails by passing under a bridge after you have turned left. By the traffic light at the crossroads with Via Aretina go on the opposite side leaving the church of Girone on your left, then proceed into the village following Via dell’Arno first, then Via delle Gualchiere for a few meters, and finally take the pedestrian-cycle path on the left. Florence city centre and the Dome are now right in front of you. Just follow the cycle path along the banks of river Arno and you will easily get there.


 

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Duration: 3 h.
  • Distance: 19,7 km
  • Total vertical climb: ca. 90 m
  • Level of difficulty: Basic-map
  • Surface: Paved
  • Kind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bike

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D – Fiesole: the heart of Tuscany
Circular way!

..the road soon becomes unpaved again, amid the pure and silent countryside just on the outskirts of Florence…while you pass over another stream, then a farm house, with the road winding through hills and olive trees…


Visualizza Fiesole: nature just behind the door in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
START Fiesole                                                                 STOP Fiesole

Head north for approximately 3km following the road toward Olmo, until you reach the locality of Baccano. Turn right toward Compiobbi. Keep following this direction until the village of Montebeni, and take the road on your left to Ontignano. With the sight of Florence behind you, the landscape starts changing, with few buildings leaving place to woods and olive groves until you get to the romanic parrish of S.Maria a Ontignano, with a bunch of houses on one side.
Proceed for a few meters and you’ll see a gate: turn right, and after a couple of narrow bends the road goes down passing over a bridge which anticipates the presence of a stream, the Sambre. Here a little waterfall and the clear waters of a pond invite you for a short break.
Change the gear ratio of your bike: from now on some short but steep uphill legs alternate with longer flat stretches. The road becomes unpaved, and you’ll be surrounded by woods. The city is not far away; still it seems forgotten in this place. Biking between cypresses, white dry walls and the ruins of a dilapidated farm house (Noce Superiore) you will have to face the last ascent, after which you can take a breath and begin the easier way down on the other side, immersed in a wonderful countryside (ignore the trails on your left).
The shadow accompanies you while you pass over another stream, then a farm house, with the road winding through hills and olive trees toward Fattoria Paiatici. Leave it behind passing under an arch and once back on paved path proceed along the narrow road, then turn left by the third bend, following the directions to a graveyard.
Once you have reached the church downstream and the small village of San Donato a Torri, in proximity of a tabernacle, take the road on the left toward Via Valle, carry on for about 3 km in the open countryside, then through a shadowy wood, along Borro delle Falle all the way to the village of Citerno.

By the crossroad take the road on the left, which becomes steeper when passing through a cypress wood. It will be worth the effort however, since a wide and luminous plateau welcomes you after passing a farm house on the left. Depending on the season, the rows of cypresses and olive trees alternate with the red of poppies or the yellow fields of wheat.
The road soon becomes unpaved again, amid the pure and silent countryside just on the outskirts of Florence. Proceed along a rural building and after a couple of kilometers, in proximity of a fork with a gate and a holly hedge, turn left on a short but steep uphill path. On the right you can see the hillock of Monteloro (it is well worth reaching it!). Surrounded by inviting vineyards, after a few kilometers on untarred road you will cross a paved one. Turn left to reach the San Clemente valley: a unique, harmonious example of Florentine countryside, lost among rural houses, ancient farms and Renaissance villas, tower houses, vineyards and cypresses. Here a young Dante Alighieri spent his summer days with Beatrice Portinari, and here the German writer Hermann Hesse fell in love with Italy. After a few meters turn right on the unpaved road Casale San Vincenzo, again surrounded by vines. The road leads to the splendid Villa il Poggiolo all the way to the main street. Turn on the left on a uphill road. On the left side the church of Pagnolle shortly comes in sight, while on the opposite side, after a string of stone arches, the Renaissance Villa Le Fonti stands out half hidden by the olive trees.
By the following crossroad go straight on the road uphill, in opposed direction to Fiesole. Proceed for 5 km on this secluded path away from traffic, and you reach again the main road which shortly takes you back to Fiesole.


TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Duration: 5 h.
  • Distance: 26,5 km
  • Total vertical climb: ca. 650 m
  • Level of difficulty: Expert-map
  • Surface: Paved, Unpaved
  • Kind of bike: Mountain bike

 GPS EXPORT

HOW TO REACH FIESOLE

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C – Fiesole: essence of Tuscany.
Circular way!

…a pattern of farmlands and woods dotted with rural houses and bell towers… down the valley the Florence Dome stands out with its unmistakable shape, announcing the “Flower City” to visitors….


Visualizza Fiesole: essence of Tuscany in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

START Fiesole                                                                STOP Fiesole

Ride for about 10 km in the direction of Olmo through sweet uphill and downhill roads, along Via dei Bosconi, right in the heart of Fiesole territory. An expanse of hills which reflects the ancient harmonic relationship of men and nature.
From the road you will see soon the hills of Fiesole on the south, watching the city of Florence from above, and Montemorello on the west, which marks the horizon guiding your eyes down the valley toward the river Mugnone. Here a pattern of farmlands and woods dotted with rural houses and bell towers display different colors according to the season, from green and grey to yellow, orange and brown. Toward north the face of Montesenario with its monastery watches over the valley like an outpost on Mugello and the Apennines.
By the crossroads of Quattro Strade proceed onward in the direction of Bivigliano, where the municipality of Fiesole ends leaving place to that of Vaglia. After a bend on the right a short steep uphill path begins, which leads to an open viewpoint. Now you can see Poggio Pratone toward east (702 mt, the highest point in the Fiesole territory), and Montereggi. Down the valley the Florence Dome stands out with its unmistakable shape, announcing the “Flower City” (Florence) to visitors. By the following crossroads turn right in direction of Montesenario, your first destination, and along its mountain face: a watershed with the wider and sweeter hills of Mugello.

Here, a mountain landscape shaped by the wind, wide prairies, pine, chestnut and fir trees take the place of olive trees and cypresses. Immersed in the silence of the thick fir tree wood of Montesenario, darkness anticipates the peace of the monastery. The Apennine Mountains come unexpected in sight, distracting bikers from the effort to ascend the top (809 mt). Now go back on the same road (the most experienced of you may take the steep and gravely road Via Matris ) until the crossroads, then turn right in the direction of Bivigliano, which you reach after a long downhill path through thick chestnut trees. After crossing the main square in the village proceed along the tree-filled boulevard and through a pine tree wood until the sight becomes wider and brighter into the road which leads back to Fiesole.

Alternative path

Before the last descent preceding the crossroads Quattro Strade, turn right into Via di Campolungo (after Via di Campilungo), a steep descent of approx. 3 km (initially tarred, then becomes unpaved). Let yourself be wrapped by the charming landscape of olive trees and admire the perfection of the countryside similar to a garden.
Down the valley you will reach Via Faentina and the village of Querciola: turn left and proceed for 500 mt, then turn right into Via delle Molina (after Via nuova delle Molina), up on the left face of the Mugnone valley.
A final effort is demanded to rejoin the main road leading back to Fiesole, but the beauty of the landscape will surely pay off the fatigue.


 

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Duration: 5 h (alternative path 6 h)
  • Distance: 33,2 km (34,1 km)
  • Total vertical climb: ca. 590 m (ca. 770 m)
  • Level of difficulty:
    Average-map (Expert-map)
  • Surface: Paved (Paved, Unpavedl)
  • Kind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bike (Mountain bike)

GPS EXPORT

HOW TO REACH FIESOLE

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