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Mugello, Tuscany


Mugello is a magical part of Northern Tuscany touching the Appennini where it shares a border with the region of Emiglia-Romana. The terrain is a fusion of rolling patchwork fields strewn with straw bales and Cypress trees, with many high passes (Passo del Giogo, Passo della Raticosa, Passo del’ Eremo and Passo della Sambuca, Passo del Consuma, Valico Croce ai Moria and quite a few more vertical challenges) stretching from Scarperia and Barberino to Firenzuola and Marradi.

There are several long climbs to 1000m within easy reach (averaging 7-12%), although they will without doubt test the legs whilst providing visual sensory overload. Riding two passes will show you are fit, three passes will show you like to suffer. Descents are smooth, sweeping and technical with great views of Lago Bilancino and the plains below back towards Florence.

Just north of Florence, you may also experience the pain of the 2013 World Championships Elite mens race (272.6km route from Lucca – Firenze) which twisted around Fiesole no less than 10 times on the 16.6km route, including the now infamous Via Salviati (600 metres at an average of 10%, max 16%). More details can be found here.

We offer diverse routes and recommended accommodation/ discount and cycling itineraries that let you experience the best Mugello has for you and your bike.

Route highlights

  • Panoramic viste and isolated market towns of the Appennini.
  • Easy access to many epic climbs with sweeping descents from Florence.
  • Typically Tuscan lunch and coffee stops serving porchetta and cinghiale salumi and fine hand-made ice cream.
  • Lago di Bilancina and the market towns of San Piero a Sieve and Borgo San Lorenzo provide welcome flatter riding.
  • Bike hire available, choice of carbon or aluminium.

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