Length: 19.2 mm
Climb: 635 m
Duration: 5h 40min
The Via Medicea begins at the Cascine di Tavola, a public park with vast meadows and a stretch of forest. Planted in the 1400s on the orders of Lorenzo di Pierto de’ Medici, known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, the Cascine were long a place for the Medici to relax and find entertainment. Here, they hunted and went fishing as well as took carriage rides down the network of roads.
The itinerary continue to Poggio a Caiano, a city that attests to the grandeur of the Medici. It’s worth visiting the villa, also commissioned by Lorenzo the Magnificent. On the ground floor and first floor, visitors can find the historic apartments, while the second floor houses the Museum of Still-Life with its collection of paintings by famous artists like Bartolomeo Ligozzi, Giovanna Garzoni and Margherita Caffi.
Along the way, we will also find the Church of San Francesco in Bonistallo, Medici ducts and Ragnaione copse and intersect with the Wool and Silk Trail.