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Cantagallo

Situated at the sources of the Bisenzio river, amid the Tusco-Emilian Apennines, the medieval village of Cantagallo is an excellent base from which to explore the nearby mountains, climbing panoramic footpaths.


Villa GuicciardiniSituated at the sources of the Bisenzio river, amid the Tusco-Emilian Apennines, the medieval village of Cantagallo is an excellent base from which to explore the nearby mountains, climbing panoramic footpaths.

Migliana (603 mt)
We can reach Migliana, little town all set around the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, if we take a beautiful road through forests of chestnuts. From the open space in front of the church, rebuilt after the First World War, visitors can enjoy an excellent view on the Calvana Mountains.
There are two good reasons to visit Migliana: the first one is its panoramic position from which to explore the nearby mountains and second one is its traditional gastronomic festivals, such as the "sbruciatata" (October Chestnut Festival), which takes place in the autumn when the chestnuts are harvested.

Palazzo Comunale di LuiccianaLuicciana (423 mt)
At Mercatale di Vernio turn right to Luicciana, the municipal seat of Cantagallo.
Totally destroyed during the Second World War, the town was rebuilt and recently enriched by a small, open air Contemporary Art Museum, which consists of a number of interesting works of art made by several Italian and foreign artists.
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The valley of the Bisenzio

The valley of the Bisenzio is enclosed between the ridge of the Calvana mountains, from which rises in the north-east of Prato the pyramidal outline of Retaia and the woody ridge of the Appennines.It is a territory of ancient culture and traditions, peopled with villages built on roman rural settlements


Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Fossato

From the end of the tenth century the important monastic settlements (Vaiano, Montepiano, etc.) covered a propulsive role for the economy of the area in addition to the religious action and the assistance to the pilgrims.

 

At the end of 1800 there was a remarkable change in the economy with the expansion of the textile industry along the course of the Bisenzio, which brought about deep transformations in the territory. The Alberteschi castles of the territory were numerous although few traces remain by now especially in Fossato, in Luicciana, in Codilupo.  The most imposing remains are Cerbaia and Vernio's fortressess.
Cerbaia
High above the State Road 325, in a position overlooking the valley, stand the impressive remains of the Rocca di Cerbaia (Cerbaia Fortress - 12th-13th centuries), ancient fortress belonging to the Alberti family of Prato. To reach the Rocca take a footpath (CAI 48, marked by red and white bands) across the medieval Cerbaia Bridge (1330), which continues up to Montecuccoli (593 m), a tiny hamlet on the border between Cantagallo and Mugello zones.



Rocca di CerbaiaRocca Cerbaia (Cerbaia Fortress)

The Rocca of Cerbaia, also named only Rocca Cerbaia, dominates the peak of a rocky spur four hundred meters high overlooking the valley of the river Bisenzio. Its origin seems to go back to the beginnings of the 12th century, when the Count Alberti erected on the site a small fortress at control of the ancient road of 'Lombardy', main connection between Tuscany and the northern regions of Italy. Despite its predominantly military functions, the fortress was also for a long period used by the Alberti family as their usual residence, and this is confirmed from the touch of good manufacture still visible inside the keep. The legend, surely deprived of foundation, says that in 1285 the Alberti refused the request of political asylum of the great Poet Dante Alighieri, exiliated from Florence. The same Poet made famous one of the descending daughters of the family, Cunizza Alberti, protagonist of an animate sentimental life in the 'Divine Comedy' (Heaven IX, 13-36).


Ponte e Rocca di Cerbaia

In 1361 the fortress was sold to the Florentine that, due to its important strategic position, garrisoned permanently the stronghold and reinforced its defenses. Rocca Cerbaia has the classical aspect of the italian medieval castle-fence: a mighty Keep dominates from the center two circuits of walled enclosures approximately of square form. The construction, performed in sandstone of which the zone is rich, lies our days in serious conditions of degrade. Nevertheless vast portions of the first wall circuit still remains, with the Main Gate inserted on the south side; just crossed the gate we find on the left the rests of the Chapel of the complex. Between the ruins of the second ward we can notice the cistern, with a barrel coverage, and some other buildings. In the core of the fortification rises the Keep with its central tower, once highest than today, with functions of look-out and are still visibles the breaches of the windows and a piscina on the eastern wall. This was the residence of the castle constable. It seems that this part of the complex has been reconstructed toward the half the 13th century, taking as model the Castello dell'Imperatore (Emperor's Castle) of the near city of Prato. Is not possible to affirm with certainty that this corresponds to truth, due to the actual disastrous condition of the Rocca. Some parts of the ruins, in particular those from the side of the precipice, are yet to serious risk of definitive collapse.Recently the castle has been bought by the commune of Cantagallo, with the support of the province of Prato, for 60 million of Lire and the community is planning the works of restoration and valorization of Rocca Cerbaia.

GavignoAcquerino Luogomano (635 mt)

Along the ridges of Buicciana mountain is the lovely natural resort of Acquerino Luogomano. Hikers will certainly love exploring the paths among these mountains, rich in magnificent century old beech, fir and chestnut woods, great views and easy climbs.

But this is not all.

Around here there are restaurants and inns where to eat local dishes and small hotels, farmhouses and alpine refuges where to stay, such as the Rifugio Pacini of Pian della Rasa (1001 mt).

Acquerino Biogenetic Reserve, a medieval settlementAcquerino Biogenetic Reserve, a medieval settlement

Archaeological research on a site of around 1600sqm has brought to light a large building complex which contains the identifiable remains of a single apse church. The data gathered suggest that the site may have been a well-organised monastic complex which existed in medieval times and disappeared shortly after the foundation of the Abbey of Fontana at Taona at the beginning of the 11th century.




Acquerino Biogenetic Reserve, a medieval settlementAcquerino Biogenetic Reserve, a medieval settlement


Cantagallo: discover the surroundings

  • Vernio Vernio (5 km)
    Set amid green mountains rich in water and cool holiday resorts, the municipality of Vernio is the right place to take a break from pollution and noise and enjoy the silence of nature.
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  • Vaiano Vaiano (7 km)
    Vaiano it is the most important town in the valley. The most important building is the Badia di S.Salvatore located in the center of the town
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  • Mugello Mugello (11 km)
    Mugello is only few kilometres from Florence and we can find traces of history worthy of a great European capital.
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  • Old steam engine trains in Tuscany Old steam engine trains in Tuscany (11 km)
    In Tuscany old steam engine trains are still in function and aim combining the discover of history with the discovery of the region and its beautiful landscapes.
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  • Montemurlo Montemurlo (13 km)
    The Fortress dominates the center of a beautiful park. It is a strong building made of "alberese"stone in quadrangular form.
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  • Prato Prato (17 km)
    Prato, a comune square, made at the end of the thirtieth century at the crossroad of two main roads, is the ideal and geometrical centre of the town.
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  • Travel Prato Travel Prato (17 km)
    Prato and its surroundings are ideal destinations for tourists, especially young people looking for a vacation of study and intelligent entertainment.
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  • Pistoia Pistoia (19 km)
    Pistoia, a city of Roman foundation, which maintains its original urban aspects even in the Dark Ages.
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  • Travel Pistoia Travel Pistoia (19 km)
    Pistoia and all its surrounding area are just waiting to be discovered through slow walks, sporting activities, art, gastronomy, and music.
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  • A Tour of the villas and gardens of Pistoia A Tour of the villas and gardens of Pistoia (19 km)
    Set in the Tuscan countryside among farmhouses and hamlets, woods, cultivated lands and gardens, the villas of Pistoia bring together many things.
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  • Scarperia Scarperia (20 km)
    Scarperia became the seat of the Vicariate, the representative of the administrative and judicial power of Florence.
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  • Borgo San Lorenzo Borgo San Lorenzo (24 km)
    Borgo San Lorenzo which is the most important centre of the Mugello, rises at the widest part of the Sieve Valley.
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  • Poggio a Caiano Poggio a Caiano (24 km)
    Set in a pleasant spot on the Ombrone river, Poggio a Caiano is a modern town dominated by its magnificent Medici Villa "Ambra".
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  • Carmignano Carmignano (25 km)
    Surrounded by the fascinating hilly landscape of Montalbano where vineyards and olive groves supply excellent wines and extra virgin olive oil, Carmignano has much to offer.
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  • The Ancient Boundaries of Mountain of Pistoia The Ancient Boundaries of Mountain of Pistoia (25 km)
    The Pistoia mountains, as natural obstacles, are often considered borders destined to separate opposing sides.
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  • Fiesole Fiesole (29 km)
    Fiesole, 300 m. in altitude in the main Piazza Mino, is not far from the centre of Florence only 5 Km. The landscape is dotted with olive trees, cypresses, from spots of forest and from houses and villas.
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Accommodations in the area


    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 33 km from Cantagallo

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • Fucecchio (Florence)
    • 41 km from Cantagallo

    Relais Hotel Vedute

    Relais Hotel Vedute Florence surrounded by green countryside is located in a strategic position near Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Pisa and Siena
    Our Wellness Center & Ayurvedic Thai Aquamor invites you to know Ayurvedic and Thai experience in Fucecchio Florence

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 46 km from Cantagallo

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 59 km from Cantagallo

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 61 km from Cantagallo

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 63 km from Cantagallo

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
    Ideal for those looking for a villa accommodation on the hills of Versilia a few miles from Tuscan sea.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 63 km from Cantagallo

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 63 km from Cantagallo

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

    Luxury and charming villa with swimming pool for rent surrounded by the green hills of Camaiore not far from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa is ideal for those looking for an oasis of absolute peace and relaxation guaranteed by the elevated position and the external fence in style.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 64 km from Cantagallo

    B&B la Fornace di Racciano

    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
    La Fornace di Racciano consists of seven comfortable rooms and four apartments, two of which are located in the ancient hamlet of Racciano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 64 km from Cantagallo

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Cantagallo

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Cantagallo

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa has all the comforts necessary to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tuscany and is the ideal solution for small groups up to 7 people who want to stay in the countryside but not far from the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 64 km from Cantagallo

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 65 km from Cantagallo

    Countryhouse Camaiore 16 beds pool

    Ancient and charming country house located in Camaiore on the Tuscan hills and just 10 km from the sea of Versilia.
    The villa is the ideal solution for those looking for a solution of typical Tuscan charm and in a position of absolute tranquility and relaxation.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 66 km from Cantagallo

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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