Montelupo Fiorentino

Along the Arno and Pesa rivers by bike

Discover the area on two wheels

Cyclists can enjoy over 10 kilometres of cycling lanes that connect the municipality of Empoli to Vergigno’s Villa Romana, which borders Ginestra Fiorentina.
Cyclists can enjoy over 10 kilometers of cycling lanes that connect the municipality of Empoli to Vergigno’s Villa Romana, which borders Ginestra Fiorentina. These bike lanes primarily follow the rivers that run through the area. Initially, it follows the Arno and then the Pesa creek.

Along the road, you’ll find several cultural gems. The Frescobaldi tower, located in the hamlet of Torre di Frescobaldi, was built in the 14th century. It was once the customs headquarters for river travel and, before that, it was used as a hunting lodge on the Ambrogiana estate. The area’s archeological museum was inaugurated in 2007. It boasts over 1,000 pieces collected over 30 years. Found in no fewer than 168 sites located between the medium Valdarno Fiorentino and the lower Val di Pesa, including a part of Montalbano. The collections are linked to a period that goes from the prehistoric age, with objects from 200,000 years ago, to the Iron age, and includes artifacts from the Etruscan and Roman periods and the Medieval times.

The Medici Villa dell’Ambrogiana and its surrounding park is located near the place where the Pesa flows into the Arno. A historical place for hunting and fishing, it was a resting stop for the Medici court on its travels from Florence to Pisa. Today it’s home to a psychiatric hospital. Nonetheless, it’s possible to visit the large park that spans an immense area. As you travel though Montelupo Fiorentino, make sure you stop in the old town centre, where you can visit noteworthy ceramic workshops showcasing the territory’s local crafts. In Piazza Vittorio Veneto, you’ll find the city’s new ceramics museum. In the church of San Giovanni Evangelista, there’s the admirable altar piece attributed to Botticelli and his school, depicting the ‘Madonna and Child with Saints’. The highlands surrounding Montelupo enjoys a panoramic point that once hosted a medieval castle, built by the Florentine republic for defensive reasons. Nearby, in the Pesa area, you’ll find the noteworthy Villa Romana del Vergigno built in the first century BC, in a terraced area located between the Pesa creek and its tributary, the Vergigno.
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