Distance: 11 km
The route continues from Villa Castelletti and goes towards the historic centre of Signa, where you can visit the Antiquarium (inside the Straw Museum), the repertory of the local archaeological finds. You cross the Parco dei Renai and join the cycle path that hugs the right bank of the Arno. Once at the railway station of San Donnino, you will find a road forking off to Campi Bisenzio and the archaeological site at Gonfienti, a place where the Etruscan presence was strong in sixth and fifth centuries BC, and visible today.
Gonfienti, indeed, was born strategically, with the purpose of controlling the main route between the territories of Fiesole, Artimino and the Etrurian plain. Across the Apennines, in fact, you find Marzabotto, an ancient twin to Gonfienti. Between the sixth and fifth centuries BC the two cities held sway over vast swathes of land, the relevant road networks and trade links.
Getting back on the main route, which follows the Arno, you take the cycle path until you get to the Cascine Park, the gateway to Florence.