From Florence’s piazza d’Azeglio, where Artusi moved in 1865 and lived until his death in 1911, we take the regional road no. 67. The main town in the Val di Sieve is Pontassieve, settled in the thirteenth century near where the Sieve flows into the Arno. The picturesque town still vaunts the Medici bridge, which was commissioned by Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1555.
Pontassieve is famous for wine and olive oil production, along with nearby Rufina, which is home to the Vine and Wine Museum. Close to Rufina is Pomino, just as famous for wine as well as for the twelfth-century San Bartolomeo church, and Turicchi, an old countship belonging to the bishops of Fiesole. On the right, a few kilometres further on, stands Londa, where a festival is held every September celebrating the local Regina peach.