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  • The route:
    Bivigliano - Vetta le Croci - Podere Capanne
    Monte Senario - Badia del Buon Sollazzo - Bivigliano (Vaglia)
  • Distance run: 18,8 km
  • Uphill climb: 450 m
  • Trails: 00 CAI, SOFT
  • Difficulty: Fairly difficult trail, especially along the ridges of the CAI 00 trail.

Among churches and abbeysAmong churches and abbeysForm the centre of Bivigliano (585 metres above sea level), the trail follows the main road in the direction of l’Olmo and Vetta alle Croci. The road forks in three directions (552 m.), down towards Pratolino on the right, and up towards Monte Senario on the left, but the trail continues straight on to l’Olmo. The road, which passes through a pine forest, offers a beautiful view of Florence and the surrounding hills. At the intersection for l’Olmo, the trail turns left onto the road leading to Borgo San Lorenzo, and some hundred metres further on, reaches the Vetta le Croci pass (518 m.).

On the left, signs mark the start of the CAI 00 trail for Monte Morello. Just before reaching a tall metal gate, the trail goes right onto a path that goes up a field along a fence. At the small wood that covers the crest of Poggio Capanne, the trail continues along the wide marked path near the ridge and reaches the very isolated Podere Capanne. Next, it moves onto the paved road that leads to Monte Senario (625 m. ). The trail turns right and climbs, sometimes rather steeply, until a fork in the road. The road that lies straight ahead leads back to Bivigliano, while the trail continues right and up towards Monte Senario. Some 300 metres further on, at Catena, an ancient road leads up to the convent. It is a wide dirt road that climbs steeply through a pine forest and which, shortly, comes upon the impressive sacred structure (815 m.).

View from the Montesenario conventView from the Montesenario conventIt was built in 1234 by the Seven Saints, founding fathers of the order. On the North side of the monastery the view of the Mugello territory as a whole is exceptionally breathtaking. On a clear day it is easy to identify the many towns and hamlets that dot the countryside, the rocky heights of the passes and the numerous forests and fields.

Just outside the convent, the trail, now a paved road, dips downwards. It runs straight on until the road curves to the left. Here, on the right, the 00 trail runs straight into the forest. It dips down, first along a narrow path, and then along a wide dirt road. It crosses the chestnut wood, bypassing alternative routes that dip down to the left and the right, and continues to move along trail 00. The route, which is now a path, leaves the wood and crosses the Casa Sodera field. Once upon the dirt road, the trail turns right, passes in front of a few houses and continues until it meets a paved road. Going right along this road, the trail reaches the ancient Buonsolazzo Abbey (541 m.), founded before the year 1000 and which was cared for, in turn, by Benedictine, Carthusian, and Camaldolensian monks. The trail turns back along the paved road for 2 km. and back to an intersection. The road on the left leads to Bivigliano.

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