Appennine mountain is the vision of candid tops, the promise of soft descents, the certainty of memorable days, always. It is an enchanting scenery in every season.
It is the vision of candid tops, the promise of soft descents, the certainty of memorable days, always. It is an enchanting scenery in every season, dense of history, of naturalistic jewels, of deep silences of valleys interrupted only by the passage of streams. And of stupendous secular forests always, even magic with the show of the snow. The snow note, how many histories are tied up to these monti.
How much you sample zigzagando they are grown on the white blanket, so binding, of the Abetone.
And how many small great enterprises are lived, year after year, from so many impassioned.
The extraordinary is renewed in the comparison with a nature that he/she lives, that molt, that it speaks. The access to this world is an absolute privilege.
Can be the emotion of the sun that filters up to reach your andar for woods to the search of mushrooms, or even the thoughtlessness of walks outside and perfumed of colored lawns in flower. But also the passion for a descent among the firs, the joy of a crossing. However you will want to live you owe only to her to respect its laws and, if you will be able of to listen, the mountain will have to tell you a lot of things. It will show to you the Beauty, the shine of bright ridges, prisms of light under the sun.
It will make you know the work and a vague feeling of fear, when a cold snowstorm will whip the face with snow's bows transported by hot tempered gusts of wind. You will certainly know the joy of times passed in the open space, in the movement, breathing, with some effort, a pure air too much. But how much life to be learned in these stupendous valleys connected among them. How much possibility you have to put the things to their place. The rediscovery of the rites of the mountain, of the suppers everybody together, of a spontaneous and serene socialità, of the pure and healthy fun. The possibility to listen to your emotions and to measure the reactions, a dimension other that will help you to understand, with some separation, so much to get excited daily. And as always you continue to listen to it, and the nature will keep on telling you a lot of things.
On a spur to ridosso of the Cuccola Mount, dipped between folti forests, it rises Cutigliano, village of medieval origin, a place that still today conserve nearly intact the testimonies of its past. Built up along a traced important viario, already documented in age longobarda, than valicava the Step of the Mysterious Cross in order to head to settentrione, Cutigliano was developed after 1368 when, under Pistoia, divenne center of the Magistracy of the Mountain. The country, characterized from the grips ways flanked from antichi palaces and monuments, is one prestigious locality of summery holiday that completes the own tourist offer with the sciistica station of the Doganaccia, mails on the Appennine crinale. Focale point of the village is the public square of the Town hall dominated from the Pretorio Palace or of the Captains of the Mountain, erected to the end of the 1300's and widened in the centuries succeeded to you. Sliding of the time on these ancient ones walls is documented from the numerous coats of arms in stone and in terracotta policroma of the Captains it calls to you to cover the ambita magistracy, while a great coat of arms of the family de' Doctors, sormontato from the papal standards of Lion X, surpasses the portale of income. An other symbol of the predominion fiorentino is the statue of the Marzocco placed on the stone column in the public square, copy of the sculpture originates them that conserve in the rinascimentale prospiciente loggia, building that completes the architectonic furnishings of this precious city space, where it is possible to admire I fresco cinquecentesco with the Madonna and the Child. The sound of the water that slides from small Fontana in stone accompanies the visitor until the near church of the Madonna of Public square, where conserve an other invetriata work in terracotta of Benedict Buglioni. Interesting painting examples fiorentina of the 1600's can be admired in the church of Saint Bartolomeo, hardly outside from the country. The outskirtses of Cutigliano offer the possibility of walks and excursions of remarkable value acclimatize them like the Lago Scaffaiolo, the Melo as an example, Pianosinatico, Pian di Novello and Sestaione, with beautiful granducale Fontana who still today refrigerio door to the tourists whom these reliefs cross. Of particular interest they are Pian of the Alders, native land of the poet shepherdess Beatrice Bugelli, and Rivoreta, small village where the Etnologico Museum of people of the Appennino Pistoiese has center.
Situated on the rests of ancient customs, mail between the Ducato of Modena and the Granducato of Tuscany, the winter station rises and summery of the Doganaccia it mails to 1547-1650 meters on the sea level.
The Lima torrent is born in Tuscany, on the high Appennino Pistoiese, in the vicinities of the Abetone, and after to have covered 40 Km is thrown in the Serchio, of which it is the greater affluent. During its distance it comes divided from three Enel obstructions in as many you leave, ognuna di.le which with various characteristics. The first feature, than from the source arrives to the confluence with the Limestre, has one capacity much lowland, like the last feature. The feature from the Limestre to the dam of Quarter is that one with the greater water capacity and is adapted for the peach of the trouts. Torrent still today much alive one, accommodates in its waters a good number of fish. Without some doubt the more abundant species in all the course of the torrent is the trout. The students stretch but to separate the mostly inhabited feature from salmonidi (until the confluence with the Liegora torrent) from the feature that accommodates the ciprinidi.
Extended castagneti they make from crown the country of Gavinana, famous summery stay locality, than conserve still today the structure of medieval village in the tortuose narrow lanes that go up until the main public square and in the ancient houses in peasant local stone masonry, with small windows and portali it frames to you that in spring they come adorns you of most colorful flowers. The history of the country is tied to a hero: Francisco Ferrucci, condottiero of the military services of the Fiorentina Republic that 3 August of 1530 guided its soldiers in the courageous battle against the imperial troops. To this heroic combatant one that it was struck until death are dedicates the equestre statue to you in the public square centers them of the country and close Ferrucciano Museum, than conserve memories and memories of many Italian patriots who in risorgimentale age rendered homage to the Ferrucci.. In the same public square, place of encounter and cultural and folkloristiche manifestations, rises ancient pieve of Saint Assumed Maria, built up in XII the century and transformed to the inside in the course of the 1600's. Here two pregevoli cinquecentesche works in terracotta are conserved invetriata realized from Benedict Buglioni, and a precious nineteenth-century organ of Cesar and Luigi Tronci, celebrate organari, one instrument that ago part, with to other guarded historical organs in the mountain churches, of the prestigious pistoiese musical tradition.
With the exception of other lagos, the Scaffaiolo lago, than is found to 1800 meters of altitude, is not of glacial origin: it has been generated from waters piova some withheld from impermeable cliffs presents in this part of Appennino and it does not have neither immissari neither emissaries. The lago has been always tourist goal, like it demonstrates to numerous documents written from illustrious personalities and the roman presence to it of recovered coins in the zone. A popular sideboard of the past tells, that if someone dared to disturb the tranquillity of the water, on he one would have been pulled down terrible joined storm to fog and wind. One curiosity: he seems that them Scaffaiolo name drifts from "scaffa", and that is "conca".
Limano, small village that is found to 587 meters slm, "grabs hold of" on an enormous cliff protesa on goes them of the Lima: the higher part of the rocca gives a magnificent landscape to 360 degrees on all the valley.
Lucchio (670 meters s.l.m.) it is a beautiful country little known but much and evocative one, also because it has maintained the original medieval structure integral. E' a city agglomerate "grabbed hold of" to the cliff, constituted from houses high and grips many neighbors between they, sormontate from an ancient fortress that, centuries ago, represented a strategic point for the control of the road of communication to fondovalle. E' encircled from higher mounts whose vegetation is composed in prevalence from castagneti. The birth of the country can be made to go back around to year Thousands, and its history, let alone its population, always has been tied to the fortress. In passed the population it was much numerous one, but after that every function of defense the lost fortress, the number of the inhabitants began to diminish more and more, catching up to our days the quota approximately 60 spirits. During the summery period but, the ripopola country thanks to the return of the e'migre' inhabitants and to the tourists in holiday.
PIAN DEGLI ONTANI
The Reservoir Natural Biogenetic of Pian of the Alders has been instituted in 1977. One extends for approximately 500 hectares in the vicinities of the localities of Pian di Novello and Pian of the Alders, on the right of the Sestaione torrent, to an altitude comprised between 1100 and 1800 meters. The ground is formed mostly from arenarea stone, while the boschivo land is composed nearly exclusively from obtained fustaie of faggio from former forests cedui of granducale age. This territory comes moreover used in order to produce seeds selects you for the reforestation. The many paths to its inside, beyond to a wide sterrata road easy that of winter comes used like track for the bottom ski, render it percorribile; it is in good accessible part also to not walking in carrozzina. Pian of the Alders moreover is known for being the native land of Betrice, poet shepherdess, whose stornelli they were the a lot appreciates from poets and famous intellectuals to you like the Tommaseo, Tigris and Lorenzo Borri.
Place to the border between the Tuscany and the Emilia, the Common one of Sambuca Pistoiese constitutes the point of encounter between two territories that cohabit place side by side with their culture and their traditions to you on this part of the pistoiese mountain. The high ones go them of the two Limentra torrents and of the Limentrella torrent, they have been in passed zones of great relief, with theirs interlaces of roads, like the way Francesca of the Sambuca, that they connected the center-western Tuscany to goes them of the Reno and therefore to the cities of the way Emilia and to the Po Plain. on these ancient ways of communication churches rose in the Middle Ages, monasteri, ospizi of the which today remain memory on documents and visible testimonies on the territory. To cover the paths of this part of our mountain wants to say to go to the illustrious discovery of a last one and to dip itself in a landscape of rare beauty. The castle of the Sambuca, erected to leave from the half of XI the century like control emplacement, had a strategic role in the contese laity between Bologna and Pistoia, to which it was annexed definitively single in 1775. The country is remained that one of two centuries ago, with its houses aligned over the terrazzati gardens that watch noon, the small public square that door to the church, and up the rests of the ancient one rocca. Massiccia stumped tower is the obvious memory of the military character of the castle, while it remains of the ancient ones walls are found inglobate in the canonical one and the church of Saint Greater Giacomo, patron of Pistoia with the name of Saint Jacopo. Walking in this ancient village the visitor it is dipped in a fascinating space and riappropria about sounds and noises nearly it is forgotten to you like the water that slides from public Fontana, chiacchiere of who walks or pause in the grips ways and the small spiazzi, or the wind that ago to churn the trees of the forests around. An important other roccaforte of the defensive system in this part of the mountain was the castle of Towers, documented since XI the century and of which some traces remain visible. In this evocative village they mount, characterized from tightened ways lastricate in stone, rises on a natural relief the church of Saint Assumed Maria, of medioevale origin, than today it is introduced in its sei-settecentesca garment. And it is in summer that the life of the country spirit with cultural and folkloristiche manifestations that join in one common festivity the inhabitants and the hosts.
SAN MARCELLO PISTOIESE
SAN MARCELLO PISTOIESE, one of the tourist centers more appreciates to you and known for summery stays since the 1800's. The country rises on a sunned hill, covered from greens forests, that it degrades sweetly towards goes it them of the Limestre torrent. The village, perhaps of roman origin, offers to the visitor the testimonies of the centuries passes to you, when, since the 1300's, contendeva with Cutigliano the center of the Commanded one of the Mountain. In the pieve Romanesque titolata to Saint Marcello, modified in the XVII and XVIII century, the reliquie of Celestina Saint, female saint of the protecting country and of the mountain, celebrated are conserved the 8 September with a great festivity that culminates every year with the launch of one most colorful mongolfiera of paper constructed on the base of the designs of the Mongolfier siblings. Numerous they are the excursions that can be made from Saint Marcello, covering the ancient roads and the numerous paths in order to dip themselves in a charming landscape where it is possible riscoprire the scents, the sapori, the sounds of the nature. Beyond to the routes traced in the secular forest of the Stiff one, truly unusual goals like the strait can be caught up bridge suspended of Mammiano, a long footbridge that connects the two rivers of the Lima torrent, constructed in 1922 for the laborers who worked to the Metallurgical Society of Mammiano. Not to lose it is, moreover, the visit the Astronomical Observatory that in the limpid nights of summer offers the opportunity of scrutare the stellato sky. From Saint Marcello Pistoiese other evocative localities can be caught up easy. Maresca, small but attended climatic station, where every year to July the International Festival of the Folklore and "Extras of art" are kept, one manifestation of theatre and music with the road artists. Lizzano, village of ancient origins, was between the X and XIV the century one of i more important centers of the mountain. Today the place is characterized for a series of murales that they adorn the buildings of the country, realizes to you between il1985 and the 1990 from the artists of the Donatello Group, where with a made language of inks it lives tells the life to us of the mountain.