The whole Empoli Valdelsa area is rich with paths and trails which wind their way through the hills, vineyards and olive trees, along rivers and brooks or through thick forests, all of which provide unique panoramas of the Tuscan countryside.
This page gives details of the paths in the area marked by both the red/white markings of the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) and by the specific signposts for park and wildlife areas.
Please Notice: the following itineraries are provided by the associations managing them. Toscana nel cuore is not responsible for any variations in the routes or conditions of impracticability due to natural or other causes. The visitor accepts full responsibility for his actions.
Paths of the Montalbano The spectacular Montalbano area boasts an extensive network of foot and cycle paths which link hilltop towns, archaeological sites and ancient forests. There are many itineraries in the Capraia e Limite and Vinci area, some which start from the towns themselves.
2 (Capraia – Castellina – Limite) distance: 5 km | average time: 1h45 | Difficulty: easy
4 (Castellina – Pulignano – sent. 300 – S. Giusto – Castra – Castellina) distance: 17,5 km | average time: 7h | Difficulty: difficult
12 A (Vinci – Poggio Marradino – Vinci) distance: 2,8 km | average time: 2h15 | Difficulty: easy
12 B (Vinci – Podere Zollaio – Rio Morticini – Vinci) distance: 1,5km | average time: 45 min | Difficulty: easy
14 (Vinci – Anchiano – Santa Lucia – Faltognano – Vinci) distance: 7,5km | average time 3h | Difficulty: medium
16 (Anchiano – Mulino Baldassini – Forra di Balenaia – Valle dei Mulini – Santa Lucia) distance: 3,4km | average time: 2h15 | Difficulty: medium
16 B (Molino Baldassini- Sant’Amato) distance: 3,5km | average time: 2h15 | Difficulty: medium
In the Fucecchio Marshland, starting from the Castelmartini Visitor Centre, after following a series of foot and cycle paths, visitors find themselves in the middle of this wildlife area which is the largest internal marshland in Italy. Here, amongst the mirrors of water and low marsh vegetation, hundreds of species of birds can be observed.
Le Morette wildlife itinerary distance …. | average time: …. | Difficulty:….
For further information and guided visits: www.zoneumidetoscane.it
In the woods of Cerbaie A short distance from the Fucecchio marshland, the thick forests of Cerbaie are ideal for taking a walk or having a picnic in the dedicated rest areas. The easy path of around 7,5 km, which winds its way through the forest,can be followed starting from one of the access roads and allows for different routes.
Further information: Map of footpaths in the Cerbaie area
Outside Certaldo‘s walls Just outside the imposing 14th Century walls of the historic centre of Certaldo, these footpaths reveal unique views of the town and of the stunning hills surrounding it.
Parco di Canonica footpath distance: … | average time: 2h | Difficulty: easy
Agliena and Fornaci footpath distance: … | average time: 45 min | Difficulty: easy
Costa Alberti and Rio dell‘Uccellino distance: … | average time: 45 min | Difficulty: easy
The footpaths are not signposted so it is advisable to download the Map of footpaths of the Certaldo area
The road from Castiglioni to Montespertoli This historic wildlife itinerary follows the path between the crests of Castiglioni and Montegufoni in the heart of the Montespertoli hills where vines have been cultivated for centuries. The road can be followed by bike or on foot and is set out like a real open air museum with information panels in the most panoramic and important points.
distance: 2km | average time: 2h | Difficulty: easy
The footpaths of Montaione A short distance from Montaione, the forests of beech, yew and oak trees stretch down to the banks of the Carfalo brook and the nearby roads which pass by vineyards, olive trees and historic villages are a real paradise for nature lovers who can walk for kilometres along the splendid green footpaths.
Footpaths in the Alta Valle of the Carfalo brook
Educational footpath distance: 0,5km | average time: 30 min. | Difficulty: easy
Tasso Monumentale footpath distance: 750 m | average time: 1h | Difficulty: easy
Bosco Ameno footpath distance: 1km | average time: 1h | Difficulty: easy
Anse-Acqua Gassata footpath distance: 1km | average time: 45 min. | Difficulty: easy
Isoipsa footpath distance: 1,5km | average time: 1h30 | Difficulty: easy
North East footpath of the Alta Valle Del Carfalo distance: 4,3km | average time: 3h45 | Difficulty: easy
Information: Map of footpaths of the Alta Valle del Carfalo
The Benestare park Mineral stratifications, ex-mines, geological formations and water spurts are just some of the characteristics which make this park, located in the Gambassi Terme and Montaione area, a true natural oasis of rare beauty. There are two itineraries, (red and purple), with picnic and rest areas, which allow visitors to explore the park and uncover the history of this area in a different way.
Walking along the Via Francigena The famous route of Sigerico winds its way through the territory for about 50 km, through the areas of Fucecchio, Castelfiorentino and Gambassi Terme. By following the unique signposts with the pilgrim it is possible to undertake some of the route, choosing one of the three stages of the Empoli Valdese region:
Stage 28 – From Altopascio to San Miniato (29 km)
Stage 29 – From San Miniato to Gambassi Terme (23,9 km)
Stage 30 – From Gambassi to San Gimignano (13,4 km)
For more information: Via Francigena