You will have the chance to experience the exclusive beauty and mystery of the Pratomagno, one of the most fascinating mountains in Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia ... More info ›
You will have the chance to experience the exclusive beauty and mystery of the Pratomagno, one of the most fascinating mountains in Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia. The tour commences with a visit to the quaint village of Loro Ciuffenna and an opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of Gropina’s Roman church. We will then visit several of the tiny medieval villages that are dotted across the mountainous landscape where we will be able to taste some of the delicious local produce. The day will end at the summit of Pratomagno, where you will enjoy a breathtaking sunset.
Meet your bilingual tour manager and driver in Santa Maria Novella train station and board a comfortable full equipped vehicle.
You will start driving to Loro Ciuffenna, one of the most distinctive towns of the Valdarno Superiore, which is located on the slopes of the southern ridge of Pratomagno at an elevation of 320mt. Much of the town centre is medieval in architecture, and you may view the ruins of a large water-powered mill, dating from before 1200 AD, that until quite recently produced chestnut and other flours. Once we have finished our visit in Loro Ciuffena we will keep driving through these medieval gorgeous tiny villages full off hidden secrets.
Every village is well known for its local products like "Schiacciata" which is an amazing white pizza - the best white pizza in Tuscany. Here we will stop for a delicious authentic Tuscan lunch composed of a massive Antipasto full of local food, follow by dessert, and a lots of wine. We will end our trip below the summit of Pratomagno mountain around 4:00pm. From here we will walk for 15 minutes to reach the top (up a fairly steep incline with some uneven surfaces, which may not be suitable for all abilities. For those who do not wish to partake in this part of the trip, you can enjoy and relax yourself in the peaceful picnic area while you await our return). At the top of the mountain you will see the famous giant christian cross, symbol of the mountain and a tribute to Saint Francisco, as well as an amazing view right out over Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia. The Pratomagno mountain range is believed to have been under the sea approximately 5 million years ago.
The lawns, or the ridge of the Pratomagno, appear with different scenographies according to the light and season change: the soft green scattered with so many kinds of flowers in spring, rich yellow in summer, the warm colours in autumn, the snow and the transparency of the air in winter. The Pratomagno is also a very good place for mushrooms and other natural fruits, as well as the cinghiale (wild boar) running free.
After this remarkable experience we will take you down to the mountain to the train station in Figline Valdarno at 6:00pm where you can catch the train back to Florence.