Let's start with San Marcello Pistoiese, a town ascending a sunny hill and surrounded by historic relics such as the Romanesque church of San Marcello. The village is the perfect starting point for numerous excursions following historical paths, and will allow you to immerse yourself in an enchanting natural landscape. Head to the Observatory and the Parco delle Stelle via the Cai route for an unforgettable view. We also highly recommend crossing the ironwork suspension bridge, a pedestrian walkway at a height of 35 meters connecting the two sides of the river Lima.
On 8 September, Santa Celestina is celebrated in the main square with a hot air balloon called "il pallone" (the balloon) launched as a good omen.
Then we have Gavinana, a hamlet in San Marcello Piteglio, which still retains its medieval village ambience in the winding streets that rise up to the main square and in the historic rustic masonry houses, with their small windows and framed doors. Its history is intertwined with the hero Francesco Ferrucci, who died during the battle of 1530 while he was leading the troops of the Republic of Florence. There are various monuments dedicated to Ferrucci, such as the Ferrucciano Museum and the town square where the equestrian statue of him stands. The historic parish church of S. Maria Assunta, dating from the 12th century, houses a valuable 19th century organ made by Pietro Agati and splendid glazed terracotta blades dating back to the end of the 15th century.
The vast Ecomuseum in Palazzo Achilli, which explores the relationship between man and nature, has its main site in Gavinina and is very interesting. The educational garden with hydraulic machines is also a huge hit with children.