The suggested route runs along the roads that bring to the towns of Scarperia, Barberino di Mugello and San Piero a Sieve.
The tour starts in Scarperia, “terra nuova”, which was founded by the town of Florence at the beginning of the 14th century, and still conserves the impressive Vicari Palace, which was built in the same period but has undergone numerous transformations and restorations throughout the centuries. It is the home of the Museo dei Ferri Taglienti - antique and modern cutlery - (tel.+39 055 8468165). In via Solferino, the historic “Bottega del Coltellinaio” (cutler’s shop), still stands. We strongly recommend the choice of a finely made knife in one of the many shops in the town.
From Scarperia you move on to Sant’Agata, where there is a beautiful Romanesque church, the most famous sacred structure in Mugello.
From Scarperia you move on to Sant'Agata, where there is a beautiful Romanesque chirch, the Archaelogical Centre and the Collection of Sacred Art ( tel. +39 055 8406853)
Once in Galliano, you can take the road down towards Bilancino Lake, which is now open to visitors, but only after a detour to the left that allows you to visit the Bosco ai Frati Convent, which was rebuilt according to Michelozzi’s design, by order of Cosimo dé Medici. Inside, you find the splendid Crucifix by Donatello ( tel. +39 055 848111).
Heading towards San Piero a Sieve, you find Villa Medicea of Cafaggiolo, one of the favourite residences of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and a splendid example of Renaissance architecture (tel. +39 055 8479396).
Not far away, towering above you, surrounded by century old cypress trees, you can admire the Trebbio Castle: another magnificent Medici construction ( tel. +39 055 848088 - 339 3029697).