Opposite the town hall in piazza della Vittoria, Via Primo Maggio will lead you to Via Roma where, on the corner, you’ll spot the modest Oratory of San Niccolò di Bari, built in the 19th century, as a lunette above its doorway attests, but likely atop an older structure. Neglected for years, it fell into storehouse status until undergoing a 1970s restoration and reopening to worshippers. Take a quick water break—or a peek inside if the chapel is open—and then continue upward onto Via Enriquez Agnoletti, followed by Via Torta, ending up in Baroncelli, a hamlet on a hill.
Baroncelli is home to the villa di Crocicchio (which you’ll see upon arrival) and the Church of San Tommaso a Baroncelli, which you’ll reach after taking a right. If you’re able to enter, take note: the 13th century church’s sacristy is an unexpected spot to take in a panoramic view of Florence below.
Next, savor the downhill stroll along Via di Baroncelli, veering left to Via di Ritortoli in the Rio Torto (“Twisted Stream”) valley. At the first fork in the road, from via della Pietrosa, venture uphill to Poggio Baronti. Keeping to the left, you’ll land in Via del Carota, redirecting you toward Ponte a Ema (definitely feel free to make a detour, particularly if you’re a bicycling enthusiast: this is the sleepy birthplace of beloved Tuscan cyclist Gino Bartali, and home to a museum honoring his legacy.