- The route:
The Barbiana trail (Vicchio)
- Distance run: 2 – 2.5 hours
- Uphill climb: 340 m
- Trails: CAI 11 and 11a, SOFT 5, unmarked trail
- Difficulty: The itinerary is suited to all those who are interested in the places where Don Milani taught. Very scenic towards the top
From Borgo San Lorenzo, the trail moves along the road for Florence (via Faentina). At the first fork in the road, the trail moves left towards Sagginale. It continues along the main road towards Vicchio and reaches a cross road with road signs for Barbiana. The trail climbs right until a group of houses, Mulino di Baldracca, where it goes right for Barbiana. Just past this point, to the left, there is a large parking area near a small tourist lake (220 m.). On foot from the car park, the trail, now a gravel road, swerves up towards Barbiana. About twenty minutes on, the trail comes to a crossroad. The trail leaves the road for Barbiana and moves left onto a level gravel path. It moves through the oak wood and reaches a bridge. Once over the bridge, the trail bypasses the road on the left and continues along the main road for a few minutes. It then turns right (towards Barbiana) onto a minor trail that climbs into the woods.
The trail bypasses the many minor paths that it encounters and climbs steeply. It bypasses a path that descends to the left and, at the next crossway, goes right onto the main trail. This route takes the traveller to a marked crossway.
On the right, the path goes to the Barbiana cemetery where the tomb of Don Milani can be found. Back on the main trail, the path climbs gently for a few metres and arrives at the church and school of Barbiana (471 m.) Once past the church, the trail bypasses the first path on the left, which leads to a pasture where cows can be seen grazing, and moves on to the next path on the left (marked with yellow and white and red signs). It climbs through the woods along a fence. After two bends, the road starts to climb steeply and reaches Castello (541 m.).
The architectural style of one of the houses clearly reflects the architecture of the ancient castle that once stood on this spot. The trail dips right onto the main gravel road, further down, which moves back to the main road for Barbiana. The trail moves left on this road and back to the departure point.