Discover the Valdera area of Tuscany on a Vespa

The Valdera takes its name from the river Era, which flows through most of the region. Valdera is an unspoiled area situated in the heart of Tuscany, between Pisa and Florence, and is characterized by amazing hilly landscapes and old traditions. The territory has largely conserved its farming origins, with cultivated fields, olive and fruits trees, vineyards, wheat and sunflowers everywhere.
Valdera countryside [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Valdera countryside [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
The Valdera is also the land of the Piaggio company, located in Pontedera. One of its most famous products is the Vespa: I’m sure you’ve already heard about it! So take these landscapes, add a Vespa, shake it altogether, bake it under the Tuscan sun and the recipe is ready! Let’s go and discover the Valdera together on a Vespa following one of the itineraries of “Valdera in Vespa”.
Vespa [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Vespa [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Our itinerary starts from Pontedera and goes straight to Palaia, a medieval town situated between the slopes of the Arno and the Valdera. Once in Palaia I suggest a visit to its Civic Tower, built in the sixteenth century and the country church of San Martino. Our itinerary continues to Montefoscoli, where you can visit the Museum of Farming Life, a museum that celebrates local agricultural traditions and the ancient way of life of past generations of farmers.
Palaia [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Palaia [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
The “Valdera Country” itinerary continues towards the dunes of Villamagna and finally to the striking Teatro del Silenzio (Theatre of Silence) of Lajatico, a place wanted by the famous singer Andrea Bocelli (he was born and raised there). Imagine to lunch with homemade baked focaccia bread surrounded by nature and silence... a dream that comes true!
Valdera countryside [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Valdera countryside [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
From Lajatico you can follow several itineraries: you can pass through Chianni and the thermal town of Casciana Terme or pass through Terricciola, Peccioli and Capannoli. Anyway, the last step of this route is the town of Lari, inhabited since Etruscan times. In Lari there is a castle that dates back to the Medieval era and that dominates the Valdarno area. Furthermore, the castle is protected by a defensive wall with three entrances: the Porta Fiorentina, Pisana and Volterrana.
Vespa [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Vespa [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
After few other minutes the tour ends in Pontedera passing through about 100 kilometres of wonderful countryside, gentle hills and old, characteristic towns. Really suggested!
Valdera countryside [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
Valdera countryside [Photo Credits: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]
This is not the only itinerary you can choose: you can have a tailor made one or follow the steps of Tuscany Arts's "Villages and landscapes: it’s “Valdera”… in Vespa!". Our itinerary
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Our itinerary with "Valdera in Vespa"
   

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