The Mugello valley near Florence is the perfect place for a holiday in authentic
Tuscany in pursuit of culture and art, beautiful countryside, and great food and
wine. Mugello lies between hills and the Apennine mountains, and is characterised
by vineyards and fruit farms. At its centre lies the Bilancino Lake.
For those in search of unspoilt nature, Mugello is the place to be. You’ll find a variety of breathtaking environments, from the wild, thinly populated valleys of Alto Mugello and the Toscana Romagna to the softer curves of the lower valleys. It’s a landscape made for walking, trekking, biking and horse riding off the beaten track. Alternatively you could practice your golf, or do some canoeing and windsurfing on the artificial lake of Bilancino.
The traditional cuisine of the Mugello is famous for its authentic, tasty dishes seasoned according to ancient traditions, such as the exquisite ‘tortelli di patate’, home-made pasta, biscuits, cheeses, and delicious chestnuts known as ‘marroni’ from Marradi. The farms of Mugello are also well-known for producing Tuscany’s best ‘bistecca fiorentina’ (Florentine steak).
Mugello's Art and Culture
The Mugellan town of Vicchio was the birthplace of the famous Renaissance painters Giotto, Fra Angelico and Andrea del Castagno. The region is also characterized by masterpieces of Renaissance architecture, including the castle of Trebbio and the villa of Cafaggiolo, designed by Michelozzo for the Medici and later to become the favourite haunts of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Mugello also boasts a range of charming medieval walled towns, such as Firenzuola, Borgo San Lorenzo, Scarperia, as well as many historic churches and abbeys like the Medicean convent of Bosco ai Frati. In more recent times Mugello made another major contribution to Italian culture when in 1906 Galileo and Chino Chini founded the Fornaci S.Lorenzo at Borgo San Lorenzo, a factory celebrated for its high quality and artistic maiolica in the Liberty style.