Here you’ll find some of the most interesting routes of the Pistoia Mountains Ecomuseum.
One of the most significant destinations is Popiglio, the start point of a lovely route that leads to some neighbouring towers, the remains of an ancient medieval fortress. From here it’s well worth heading to the small and charming village of Migliorini.
If you decide to start from the centre of San Marcello, you’ll do so from Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, which is dominated by an equestrian statue of the Florentine leader. After 3km you’ll reach Pian dei Termini, 962 metres above sea level, a panoramic point overlooking the Limestre river valley and home to an astronomical observatory.
Along these paths you find sweeping views of the surrounding valleys, starting with Lizzano and Vizzaneta, and finally, past the dam of the river Lima, Mammiano Alto.
One of the main attractions of this area is the Ferriere suspension bridge, a pedestrian walkway connecting Mammiano Basso and Popiglio, built with frameworks supported by four steel cables and reaching 227 metres in length, which until 2006 made this bridge the longest in the world. The daring crosswalk leads to an ancient ironworks - the Papini Foundry in Maresca - which is today open as a museum.
Other places that enrich this widespread municipality are: Pontepetri, Campo Tizzoro, Maresca and Gavinana, which is worth a visit for the Francesco Ferrucci Museum and its parish church di Santa Maria Assunta, with the organ of wonders made by Pietro Agati.