In the little hamlet of Pagnolle we can visit a house that still belongs to the Alighieri family and where the young Dante probably spent more than a few summers. Curiously enough, there was another villa close by that belonged to the family of Beatrice, the Portinari; so curious, in fact, that some say that their meeting must have taken place in the old Parish Church of San Miniato, the centre of religious life in the little town. It is worth visiting the Parish Church of Sant'Eustachio and the Church of Santa Maria in Acone, the small town that Dante cites in Paradiso XVI as the place from which the neighbouring Cerchi family originated.
We return to Pontassieve and explore the historic centre. The town crouches under Castel Sant'Angelo, which was built in the 1300s by noble Florentine families, affirming the town's unbreakable connection with the city of the lily. Its name comes from the bridge built over the Sieve in the middle of the 16th century by Cosimo I de' Medici, which remains its symbol even today, with its red brick arches and its Medici coat-of-arms.
Leaving Pontassieve behind us, we continue along the river that flows into the Arno until we arrive at the abbey of Rosano, founded in 780. The path proceeds among olive groves and takes us to S. Prugnano, with a view that opens up over the Florentine valley. We keep going, down to the Lungarno, and from there to the Dante House Museum in Florence, on the via Santa Margherita.