The hilly area of Montalbano, made famous by Leonardo da Vinci’s designs, is known for its profiles, covers about 16.000 hectares among the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia and includes here the territory of Cerreto Guidi, Capraia and Limit and Win.
Although the area has been inhabited ever since prehistoric times, and still has traces of Etruscan settlements and numerous medieval castles, the presence of mankind has not damaged this splendid natural environment, thanks to the cultivation of vines and olive trees, has contributed to creating A kind of tidy “countryside garden” typical of the Tuscan landscape. The hills of Montalbano, a refuge of many animal species and not too far from Florence, between the 16th and 17th centuries were chosen as a reserve of the Medici family who privatized a large part of the territory by establishing the Barco Reale Mediceo of which still portions of the walls Perimeter.
Today, I am a destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Montalbano is crossed by a dense network of hiking and cycling routes (indicated by the white and red signposts) that allow you to reach the ridge at about 600mt above sea level and Explore every corner of this extraordinary natural area in the heart of Tuscany.
For the less adventurous and, above all, for the culinary specialists, we point to the Montalbano Oil and Wine Road “Colline di Leonardo” an itinerary to be followed by car or motorbike (marked by road signs of brown color ), Which touches all the communes of this area and suggests valuable hints for discovering the valuable local productions.
For hiking or biking on the trails, it is advisable to depart from Vinci (hiking trails 14 and 16) or from Capraia and Limite (trails 2 and 4), from which it is easier to reach the 300 ridge trail.
Cartoguida The Montalbano in Feet and Bicycle, sold at the Ticket Office of the Leonardian Museum of Vinci