Set your GPS: Firenze, Pontassieve, Passo della Consuma, Poppi, Stia, Passo della Calla, Corniolo, Premilcuore, San Benedetto in Alpe, Marradi, Colla di Casaglia, Palazzuolo Sul Senio, Coniale, Firenzuola, Passo della Futa, Il Bivio, Vaglia, Pratolino, Firenze
Fed up with the city traffic, it's time to leave Florence following the Sieve
river. Be careful of the autovelox speed traps: this area is mined with them. Once you reach Pontassieve, it's time to leave the SS67 and head off to the right up the SR70. After riding for a few minutes you get to Pelago
On to Diacceto. The road runs through the Chianti Rufina landscape. We're heading towards the Consuma: a classic mountain pass, which in 1903 was the site of the first uphill motorcycle race; we're talking about old bikes, dirt roads and unreliable brakes. The most recent edition of the Coppa della Consuma saw the 21-year old Agostini come in first place. Today it's a wonderful road that connects Valdarno with Casentino valley.
The best place to stop before you get to the pass is the Abbey of Vallombrosa
with its full picnic site. The schiacciata with mushrooms and ham is worth the distance if you can make it to the Consuma Pass (1050 meters above sea level). After a sharp descent take a left and in the distance you will see Poppi and the Castle of the Count Guidi family.
We take SP310 through Stia, skip the Croce a Mori pass and head on to the Passo della Calla (1296 masl): this is a thrilling network of curves set in the splendid landscape of the Casentino National Park. We turn off at Corniolo, opting for the less travelled road (once a dirt road) which goes from Premilcuore to Manzo Pass at 846 masl: this is for the wild ones.