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Discover Mugello, the green valley to the north of Florence

Mugello is a green valley located to the north and northeast of Florence and promises a landscape and culture which is noteworthy for its diversity and for its natural beauty. To venture into Mugello is to explore a part of Tuscany that has remained true to its origins and largely uncontaminated by mass tourism. The area is characterized by its small hamlets nestled in a lush and green setting, small charming towns such as Scaperia and Dicomano , and by its contribution to our magnificent history of art, being the birthplace of great artists such as Giotto, Beato Angelico or Andrea del Castagno from San Godenzo.

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Mugello is bordered on the west with the tall peaks of Monte Senario and Monte Calvano and to the south with Monte Giove with many green valleys with sunflowers and pastures in between. The skyline to the north is distinguished by the Tuscan-Emilia Romagna Apennines. This makes Mugello an ideal location for those who are looking to spend time outdoors, whether it is to go trekking to visit Etruscan finds, mountain biking down the hills or mountains, horseback riding or simply enjoying the gardens of a Medicean villa for a picnic.  For those that love the sound of speed and the roar of the racing engines, Mugello is the home to the Mugello Circuit that hosts the Moto GP every year as well as Barberino outlet shopping nearby.

The Flavors of Mugello

The small, charming towns offer a special selection of things to see and a picturesque panorama of a Tuscany whose landscape has remained largely unchanged over the years.  The warm and generous nature of the area shows up in the delicious dishes on offer, from homemade pasta like the tortello (a large type of ravioli stuffed with potatoes), roasted game, fresh cheeses and many recipes made with chestnuts, one of the main products from the area and celebrated throughout October at the Marradi Sagra della Castagna. You will also find that Mugello is just as warm and generous in it agritourism farmhouse experience, offering distinct historic villa rentals and B&B accommodations.

Located close to Florence and major highways, staying in Mugello also offers the chance to enjoy day trips throughout Tuscany which are easy to plan. Browse the articles below to help you find a way to add Mugello to your itinerary when you visit Tuscany and Florence.

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The Medici Park at Pratolino

If you're in Florence during the spring and summer, head to Pratolino on the weekends to visit the beautiful Medici park where you will be able to admire Giambologna's giant Apennine statue. The Medici villa no longer stands, but the park is perfect for spending time outdoors, letting the kids run and enjoying a picnic under the warm sun of Tuscany.

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The Mugello Circuit Race Track

Every year, the Mugello hosts the Italian Moto GP at the Mugello race track just outside of Scarperia. Find out how to get there, how to move around and where to stay!

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Mugello Accommodation

The green Mugello valley to the north is the perfect location to enjoy the Tuscan countryside in a B&B, villa or farmhouse apartment surrounded by nature. Close to Florence, it offers a beautiful landscape similar to Chianti, but without the crowds.

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What to do in Mugello

Mugello's popularity is mainly due to its varied landscape that offers a wide range of things and activities to do once there, from outdoor sports, excursions amidst nature and water activities, but that's not all: discovering its artistic treasures and museums is another interesting thing to add to your Mugello To Do list.

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What to see in Mugello

Mugello is a popular destination not only for its varied and marvellous landscape, but also for its quaint towns that boast fascinating historical centers and artistic treasures, as well as for the many castles and villas belonging to the Medici and Renaissance era, that are actually worth at least a quick visit. The charm of this area is also due to its culinary tradition, highlighted by the many events and festival organized all year round.

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Getting to Mugello

Situated in northern Tuscany, a few kilometers from Florence, the Mugello area is easily reachable both by car and train from the Cradle of Renaissance: if time allows, we suggest you take the most panoramic roads leaving from Florence, otherwise the Motorway A1 will take you in the lushy valley in the blink of an eye.

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A day at Lake Bilancino

North of Florence, in only 25 minutes, you will come upon Lake Bilancino in the Mugello area.  Loaded with fun outdoor activities, choose between the beaches, biking, hiking, SUP and sailing.  Read here for some itinerary ideas.

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