Walking and trekking routes to explore the surroundings of Florence

Satisfy your desire to discover new places by walking through nature and medieval villages.

The surroundings of Florence offer various itineraries for those who love walking. There are plenty of options for those who simply want to enjoy a discovery walk in one of the many medieval villages that dot the Florentine landscape and also for those looking to immerse themselves in nature and maybe seek a more challenging trek.  

Walking is the only way to really enjoy places in depth. It allows you to savour every moment and enjoy the fragrances and sounds of nature as you have time to think and explore the most hidden parts of Florence.

Via degli Dei is one of the most fascinating and challenging walking routes. The 130 kilometer long road connects the historic center of Florence to the city of Bologna and passes through the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. It takes several days to do and is also suitable for less-expert hikers.

For those looking for something a little less demanding, here are some of your options. 

A walk in the park: In the hills of Florence or in the Val di Sieve

Florence is famously nestled among splendid hills. These continue to become the Apennine mountains as you move further away. This means plenty of green spaces, lush forests and expansive parks.

The park of Poggio Valicaia in Scandicci is one possibility for an excursion. There is a network of paths that covers about five kilometers which features incredible trees and also a lake and generous picnic area.
Another option is in Val di Sieve. You can find a rich forest inside the Rincine trail area. With an altitude ranging from 400 to 1400 meters, a trekking lover will discover wonderful mountain trails with plenty of places to take a break. 

Discovering medieval villages: from Fiesole to Chianti

If you are more fascinated by history and archeology than by wild nature, the surroundings of Florence offer real gems.

The ancient Etruscan-Roman village of Fiesole is one such example. Walk through its narrow alleys and ancient walls where you can witness traces of history as you climb up to the Convent of San Francesco, the religious soul of the village, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Florence.

Another option is the picture-perfect village of Montefioralle among the magnificent hills of Chianti. Featuring the castle of Montefioralle on the slopes of Greve in Chianti, the tour of the village is certainly worth the effort. Admire the stone buildings and the views of the valley as you follow a truly charming path which winds its way up to the Badia a Passignano.

Lakes and rivers: Bilancino in Mugello or along the Arno towards Signa

The Bilancino Lake enjoys a privileged position among the green hills of the Mugello and offers many opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

What looks like a completely natural stretch of water is in fact the largest artificial lake in Tuscany. Perfectly in harmony with the surrounding environment, it is ideal for trekking, especially in the summer.

Prefer to stay closer to the city? Originally a bike path but now also for pedestrian use, a path runs along the Arno river from the city center to the Parco dei Renai in Signa. The starting point for your peaceful walk is Parco delle Cascine, the historic garden of Florence. 

Looking for an adventure? Here is an experience for you!

Explore the Lima stream, in Cocciglia (province of Lucca). With an exciting slope towards the water, an unspoiled landscape awaits you with a gorge and natural springs. Let yourself be carried away by the current, climb the huge boulders and then dive into the crystal-clear water. An unforgettable experience.


River Trekking Cocciglia

Get some adrenaline experience and discover the Cocciglia canyon with an amazing nature exploration.

Starting from 49,00 €