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Located between Florence and Fiesole, the Torrente Mensola nature reserve stretches across 300 hectares from Montececeri in the Fiesole hills to Settignano and Guarlone. The hilly scenery includes terraced olive groves and woods, as well as villages, villas, farmhouses, Renaissance churches and medieval buildings, including Vincigliata Castle and Castel di Poggio.
The landscape is an environmental mosaic comprising typical Tuscan terrain, alternating between forests, meadows, parks and agricultural land. The Mediterranean woodland is home to many bird species and mammals, including squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs and martens, as well as teeming with tree species holly oak, strawberry tree, Turkey oak and maple.