Within Muricciaglia estate Franco, through the years, has marked a number of easy, pleasant walks. Visitors will find a larger choice of hiking trails in the vicinity of Castellina, Radda and Panzano.
The trails are often marked with the red/white/red trail blaze of the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano).
To mention only a few: “Monte San Michele Nature Park”, north of Radda and the hamlet of Volpaia, and “Hiking among the Castles” starting from the village of Gaiole in Chianti.
Biking in Tuscany
Tuscany offers an ideal scenario for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, from amateur cyclists to anyone just wishing to pedal calmly while enjoying the beauty of the region. Every area in Tuscany offers routes rich in interesting places to visit and see as well as extraordinary panoramas.
The best months for cycling or touring Tuscany on bike are from March to June and from September to October. July and August are hot months and outdoor sports are limited to early mornings or late afternoons.
Chianti Sculpture Park
The park, in the area of Castelnuovo Berardenga, is characterised by two elements: the international representation of the artists from over 26 countries and the interaction of their works with nature. The itinerary is not long, and very pleasant, about 1 km along a path through the woods.
Unforgettable events in Tuscany
Easter, Scoppio del Carro – Florence
The big event in Florence for Easter is the Scoppio del Carro, or the “explosion of the cart”, an event which dates back 300 years. Today, an elaborate wagon built in 1622 and standing two to three stories high is dragged through Florence behind a fleet of white oxen decorated in garlands to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral. The cart has been properly rigged with a suitable arsenal of fireworks so that when a dove-shaped rocket (symbolising the Holy Spirit) slides down a steel cable at full speed from the Cathedral altar, it will set off a ferocious dance of fire on impact. A big bang ensures a good harvest, and a parade in medieval costume follows. The Explosion of the Cart takes place around 11 a.m. so watch out for the cart on the streets of Florence an hour beforehand.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Florence
From late April through June, the Florence Maggio Musicale, May Music Festival, is a series of internationally acclaimed classical music concerts and recitals, opera and ballet in venues across the city. Tickets can be hard to come by, so check the online schedule and purchase tickets in advance.
Calcio Storico Fiorentino – Florence
Fabulous fireworks along the Arno conclude Florence’s celebrations to St. John the Baptist, the city’s patron saint, on June 24. A parade in historical costume starts at the Church of Santa Maria Novella and ends at the Church of Santa Croce, where the Calcio Storico is then played in the dirt-covered square in front of the church. The game is a combination of soccer, rugby, and big time wrestling, all played while wearing 16th century costumes. The prize is a whole Chianina calf.
Palio di Siena – Siena
The Palio horse race is a colorful, bareback horse race round the dirt-packed Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square, that takes place every July 2 and August 16. The contrade (traditional neighborhoods) compete for the palio, or banner, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The square is filled with costumed pageantry before the race, and the night before the race, massive feasts are set up on long outdoor tables that can stretch for blocks on the medieval side streets.
Giostra del Saracino – Arezzo
Arezzo’s Piazza Grande is the setting of the Giostra del Saracino, or Saracen Tournament. Held twice a year, a night version on the third Saturday in June and the second on the first Sunday in September, this tournament has its origins in the early 16th century. There is a lively and colorful procession preceding the event in which eight costumed knights charge towards a wooden representation of the Saracen.