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Hills and mountain parks: cycle routes for all

In the Apennine mountains, along the north-east border of Tuscany, the Mugello area offers a wealth and variety of cycling opportunities, all of which are fairly challenging due to the hilly terrain. It is no coincidence that the Mugello, a high valley around the river Sieve, north of Florence, is one of the favourite destinations for cyclists.

Cyclists who are looking for steep climbs should take the Futa pass, along which the Giro d’Italia passes. Those looking for an easier ride, on the other hand, should start in the historic town of Vicchio. One of the most important artists in the history of Italy, Giotto, was born here in 1267. While he worked mainly in Florence, Assisi, Padua and Naples, some pieces still remain in the Mugello: you can still admire his Madonna and Child in Pieve di Borgo San Lorenzo.

Before heading into the mountains, take a look at the website of the Mountain Community of the Mugello, www.mugellotoscana.it, which is an excellent point of reference for information on itineraries (tailor-made for biking), events, practical advice and useful numbers.