Explore the outdoors while enjoying the area's rich history
Whether you're looking for snow or sunshine and fresh air, in Tuscany you'll be sure to find a skiing or trekking holiday splashed with a touch of history and culture! Some of the region's most charming mountain hamlets are located just minutes away from mountain resorts and major trekking footpaths of the Pistoia mountains. The Pistoia Apennines are dotted with small treasures boasting breathtaking panoramas. Stay in one of these hamlets on a skiing holiday and you won't be disappointed: head to Pistoia's small mountain towns to discover traditional specialties and medieval monuments, churches, abbeys, convents and much more.
The first stop in the Pistoia mountains is the town of San Marcello. The town is located on a sunny hilltop and offers visitors the opportunity to visit centuries-old treasures, such as the Romanesque Church of San Marcello. From here, choose to follow guided excursions to cross ancient roads and explore unique natural landscapes.
Gavinana still vaunts the structure of a medieval hamlet with narrow, winding streets and a main square. The homes, built from ancient stone, feature small windows and framed porticos. Its history is marked by the hero Francesco Ferrucci, after which the main piazza and the Ferrucciano Museum are named. Here, you'll find the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria Assunta, whose interior houses a striking organ dating to the 1800s.
Rising from the thick forests of Monte Cuccola you'll find the town of Cutigliano, a town with medieval origins. Still today this charming village displays many treasures from its lengthy past. Characterized by narrow roads and centuries-old buildings and monuments, Cutigliano is the perfect place for skiers hoping hit the slopes in Doganaccia.
Popiglio, an ancient feud of the Giudi Counts, features age-old towers and the remains of a medieval castle. The Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Assunta, dating to 1271, is one of the most important sacred monuments of the Pistoia Mountains. From here, choose to follow one of four enchanting footpath excursions, one of which leads to the medieval one-arched bridge called 'Castruccio.' You'll be amazed by this charming area immersed in lush greenery, a spot that exudes a timeless air.
Serravalle Pistoiese, located along the ancient via Cassia, boasts a medieval-stronghold layout with narrow roads that wind through the town's homes and small piazzas. The incredible views from the "Rocca Nuova" hilltop are enough to make a trip to Serravalle worthwhile. Once you're here, don't miss the Oratory of San Rocco and Sebastiano housing 14th-century frescoes.