Pelago also boats its fair share of nature, with the hamlets of Borselli and Consuma, where winter sport enthusiasts can race down the snowy slopes. The hills are home to dense, dynamic forests, rich in mushrooms and other “gifts” from the undergrowth. It’s normal that those who visit here find an everlasting bond with the territory, just as the locals have. In Raggioli, for example, it’s easy to sense the harmony between man and nature that exists in places like this. Visitors can stroll around the village and its stone streets, breathe in the medieval atmosphere and be charmed by the sheltered houses, once home to lumberjacks, coalmen and farmers. To learn about the life and work of these inhabitants, head to the Museum of Rural and Mountain Life, which conserves professional tools and objects of everyday use. Heading towards the river, the last hamlet before the banks is San Francesco, connected to nearby Pontassieve by an imposing Medici-era bridge from the mid-1500s.