Things to see around Florence: Monte Morello


Tastings, trekking, Medici parks and castles: what to see and do in Calenzano, Sesto Fiorentino and Vaglia

All around Florence! Beyond the Florence Airport lies the area of Florence-North and its surroundings, a territory that alternates innovative industrial areas with spectacularly beautiful nature of particular local importance such as the Pratolino Medici Park and Monte Morello, at the base of which you can find the municipalities of Calenzano, Sesto Fiorentino and Vaglia.

What to see in Calenzano

The populated historic center was formed in the mid-late 20th century at the foot of the hill where the medieval village of Calenzano Alto stands. Still enclosed within the walls of Calenzano castle, it’s also home to the Museum of Historical Figurines, a true treasure trove of detailed models going from Assyria to World War II: with our guided tour - Discover MuFiS you will be able to immerse yourself in the world of figurines and try shields, helmets and swords first hand! Calenzano is also a destination for many university students given the Design Campus and the Industrial Design Museum.

What to do in Calenzano

Calenzano, between the Calvana Mountains and Monte Morello, is crossed by numerous waterways, allowing nature and adventure lovers to explore this territory and Sesto Fiorentino along the Water Paths, a project with various itineraries that enhance the environmental and natural heritage and the water resource with a view to slow travel. Following the streams, you can discover Travalle Park and Neto Park, where you’ll find the magnificent Taxodium (bald cypress), a species that’s over 50 meters tall and has an incredible longevity; in fact, it often exceeds a thousand years.

The strong green vocation of the Municipality of Calenzano with its attention to organic agriculture and promotion of environmental education, has meant that it was recognized by the Tuscan Region as a bio-district in 2022 (following in the footsteps of Fiesole!). With Destination Florence, you can enjoy the best of the area through the Tenuta di San Donato experience, savouring the scents of its olive oil and wines.


Tenuta San Donato: winery tour and tasting of the estate's oil ...

Visit and tasting of wine and products from the farm's oil mill and winery-an experience to indulge in or give ...

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Discover MuFiS - Guided tours of the museum collection of the ...

Discover the charm of Historical Modeling with our Interactive Guided Tour of the Figurine Museum of Calenzano!

What to see in Sesto Fiorentino

Sesto Fiorentino has Etruscan origins, which have left their traces in numerous monuments that can be spotted in the area such as the Etruscan tomb of Montagnola, a tholos tomb made almost entirely of large blocks of Alberes stone, dating back to the mid-late 7th century. The city spreads over a vast area in the center of the plain between Florence and Prato and is dominated to the north by Monte Morello whose peaks reach over 900 meters, a popular destination for trekking enthusiasts and cyclists due to its charming panoramic views.

To the south, the territory is bordered by Piana Park, a favorite place for birdwatchers who can observe native species and migratory birds such as the fascinating pink flamingos in the month of March. Right on the edge of the park, you can find the campus that hosts the National Research Council and the Scientific Center of the University of Florence which has international-level laboratories, giving the territory a place of high-level training and research. 

Furthermore, in Sesto Fiorentino there is the Ginori Museum, a true temple of porcelain with over 10,000 porcelain and majolica works that tell three centuries of artistic and social history. The museum is currently closed for renovation.

What to see in Vaglia

Located a few kilometers north of Florence, Vaglia is at an altitude of 290m above sea level, with its charm owing to the sublime coexistence between the places of art and its alluring nature. Gems include the Pratolino Medici Park (a UNESCO heritage site since 2013), which houses the famous Colossus (or Giant!) of the Giambologna Apennines, and the Monte Senario Sanctuary, nestled among forests and pristine valleys. It’s a great area for little ones too, who can enjoy sports and playing in nature at the Il Gigante Adventure Park, the largest in Tuscany.

Slow tourism with destination Monte Morello

The 3 municipalities of Monte Morello are all splendid destinations for paths and trails that cross history, landscapes and territories: Via degli Dei, the Renaissance Ring, and San Jacopo Way. Take a look at the map with all the paths in the Florentine area.

How to reach Calenzano, Sesto Fiorentino and Vaglia

The municipalities of Calenzano, Sesto Fiorentino and Vaglia can be reached by train from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station. 

Download the All Around Florence Brochure

To find out more about the history of all the Florentine surroundings, download the Feel Florence brochure, the official tourism information site of the Municipality of Florence and the Metropolitan City: Click here to download the brochure.