At 118 hectares, it is the largest public park in Florence, originally a large farm estate belonging to Alessandro and Cosimi I de’ Medici. The track also runs along the Mugnone, a tributary of the Arno, immersing you in nature where you can spot the birds, listen to the flowing water and enjoy the breeze swooshing past as you pedal towards the relaxing oasis that awaits in WWF Italia Onlus protected Parco del Renai.
Even though urban life is never far from the track, the bliss of this route is how utterly removed you feel from the humdrum of daily life, with only your thoughts and nature to contemplate. The track is mostly flat, paved or dirt tracks, making this an easy trail for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.
Before you head out of Parco delle Cascine, take time to admire Piazzale Vittorio Veneto and the impressive bronze monument to Vittorio Emanuele II on horseback, the first king of the newly united Italy who reigned between 1861 and 1878. Mount your bicycles and leave this regal majesty behind as you set off towards L’Indiano at the other end of Cascine and where it is worth taking another stop. Marvel at the ‘Monument to the Indian’, a sculpture honours a young Indian prince who died while visiting Florence in 1870.