Monte Giovi (992 m) is the easternmost peak of the ridge dividing the Mugello from the valley of the Arno River and the final portion of the Sieve River. The Protected Natural Area of S. Brigida lies along this ridge.
In spite of the fact that its altitude is not particularly high, Monte Giovi’s environment is characterized by typical mountain features, boasting deep valleys and thick woods. It is one of the most visited natural areas around Florence.
People have been living in the area for centuries, as Etruscan and Roman findings clearly witness. In the Middle Ages, it was surrounded by fortified settlements and its woods were managed by the community on a collective level.
During more recent times, after World War II’s infamous ‘September 8’, Monte Giovi harboured deserters from the Italian fascist army and political exiles, who set up several partisan units in the area. Their brief but heroic experience was possible thanks to the full support of the local population, who provided help and shelter to many POWs as well. Every year, special celebrations commemorating those historical events take place.
The Comunità Montana Montagna Fiorentina, the Comunità Montana Mugello and the municipalities of Borgo San Lorenzo, Dicomano, Pontassieve and Vicchio agreed to establish a cultural park dedicated to the war for Liberation from the Fascist regime. In the park, one can find display panels and a network of paths dedicated to the protagonists of the Resistance movement.