Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, is surrounded by gentle hills with winding roads and it's a good idea starting our proposals right from here, with a day trip in the nearby area. So, a possible ride is from Sesto Fiorentino to Florence, a 50-kilometre road that skirts Pratolino, Villa Demidoff and Fiesole. The path winds mid-hill amid olive trees, cypresses and terraced gardens, revealing a new, unforgettable landscape at every turn.
The road begins in Sesto Fiorentino on the “Panoramica dei Colli Alti”: you will face a rapid take-off of the road and then a series of hairpin turns. Continue with a few curvy climbs and head to the small church of San Giusto, from which you can enjoy a nice view of the valley. You drive on the edge of the Apennines: beware of deer. You can make a stop in piazza Leonardo da Vinci for another unforgettable view. Suddenly, the road heads into the woods of the “Parco Territoriale di Cercina,” and then this road (SP130) ends and bikers take to road SR65, which marks the beginning of Pratolino and the Villa Demidoff. Here you can take a photo with the statue of the Colossus of the Apennines. Then you continue towards Vaglia with the climb to Bivigliano and Monte Senario (815m above sea level), with one of the most important sanctuaries of Tuscany and where, every January 1, a monk blesses motorcycles and motorcyclists.
The road SP 102 drops down to a crossroads with three choices: on the left, Polcanto; on the right, Via Faentina and Florence; 9km straight to Fiesole, a town rich in history and culture. From here you go down to Florence along several hairpin turns, but remember to stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can see one of the best views of Florence.