A land of artists, shaped with care and cultivated with love: this is the beloved Mugello of course! Surrounded by oak and chestnut trees and defended by the Apennines, the typical gracefulness of the Tuscan landscape can be seen everywhere here; it’s in the atmosphere, in the colours.
The Mugello boasts a thousand different colours and atmospheres cocooned by the fog; here, you’ll find no strong tones, ruggedness, contrasts. Beauty is in the DNA of these places, these people. This is where famous Tuscans were born, like Giotto, Fra Angelico and Andrea del Castagno.
The Medici family even has its origins in these parts, and there are many traces of these powerful lords. They commissioned important architects, like Michelozzo, to design and modify castles, transforming them into welcoming homes. Examplesinclude the Villa di Cafaggiolo and Trebbio Castle.
Visitors can explore the ancient streets of the Apennines, winding and rugged. They can admire the luxury of an imposing and majestic landscape, stopping along the way to look for sweet chestnuts or porcini mushrooms, with their unmistakable flavour. Even walking the long-treaded roads, visitors will come across forgotten atmospheres, with wheat fields and olive trees flanking the route before giving way to alpine-like landscapes in the Upper Mugello, home to chestnut and beech tree forests.
A pleasant landscape, with friendly people, authentic cuisine and good wine, this area is also known for its great tradition of craftsmanship, like cutting tools in Scarperia e San Piero or stone cutters who work with pietra serena in the Upper Mugello.
Visitors can distance themselves from the stress of the city and take advantage of the excellent hospitality offered in beautifully-restored, airy country houses, in once-abandoned villages that have been brought back to life and in the villas and palaces where noble Florentine families used to live. Visitors can explore the ruins of a road not intended to be traversed by wheels, be it on foot, by bike or on horseback, or they can play golf, go canoeing, try their hand at archery or enjoy a spot of fishing, basking in their free time.
The Mugello can be reached easily with the Autostrada A1, getting off at the exit for Barberino di Mugello. The old and fascinating stretch of the Faentina railway allows visitors to explore the territory coming from both Emilia-Romagna, starting in Faenza and passing by Marradi, and Tuscany, leaving from Florence.