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Around the area of Badia a Coltibuono you find a wild and lovely zone of Chianti. Here is where the Pesa river has its source; an antique and panoramic itinerary, among interesting history and environment.

The trekking group, Le Vie del Chianti will hold its next trek-walk here on Sunday, May 7.

The ridge of the mountains of Chianti is crossed by an intersecting of ancient paths, once protected by cavaliers and monastic orders, by angels and antique divinities, often of Etruscan or late-ancient origin, which tied together the territory of the Valdarno.

The landscape is characteristic of old Medieval villages, farmhouses, medieval pieve and castles mixed with the green of the vineyards. From the splendid Vallombrosan abbey of Badia a Coltibuono the ascent begins and follows the ridge of the Chianti mountains.

It then descends towards the ruins of San Michele a Monte Maione, a mysterious place where the adventure of the Girolamini order began in 1235.

In the background, near the source of the Pesa River, we find the suggestive Albola castle, one of the most important of the Chianti League, the church of San Pietro Apostle in Bugialla, the small village of Selvole, the ancient castle (1000 AD) and the archeological site of Cetamura which conserves the remains of Etruscan settlements of the Imperial Roman era.

Meeting: 8 AM at the parking lot of the San Casciano swimming pool or 9:15 AM at the parking lot near the Badia a Coltibuono in Gaiole. Excursion: the entire day. Transfers: by your own means. Length: circa 17 kilometers. Difficulty: easy. Commitment: medium/high. Needs: bagged lunch, water, obligatory trekking shoes. Cost: 12 euros per person.

For information and reservations: Eleonora/ 3920579570 -Samuele/ 3384611098 – [email protected].

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