The second day starts with a visit to the Montagna Pistoiese EcoMuseum, which offers 6 different thematic itineraries. Each route has a different focus and delves deeply into a particular aspect of the area. Start at the Madonnina Ice House in Le Piastre: the structure was built in the eighteenth century, when the ice was stored and then resold. Next, head to Maresca (a hamlet in San Marcello Piteglio) and look around the ancient Papini Foundry, where you can follow the phases of iron making and have a go at shaping the metals yourself.
A road trip to Campo Tizzoro offers you the chance to immerse yourself in history. The MIS (Italian Metallurgical Society) Refuge Museum is worth a visit for at least a couple of hours. Bullets, shells, weapons and other copper and brass objects were produced here; the MIS air-raid shelters are unmissable, and are the only remaining underground shelters of this size in Italy.
Head to Melo (a small hamlet in Cutigliano) for a hearty lunch break. Try the legendary tortelli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, or arista (pork loin) and necci (pancakes) made with chestnut flour. While digesting the meal, take a trip to Ponte Sospeso, one of the highest bridges in the world (40 metres) and about 220 metres long. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it allowed workers on one side of the mountain to go to work on the other.
Before returning to your hotel, stop at the Popiglio parish church, an intriguing late Romanesque church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta.