Hiking in Tuscany – Montecarlo’s hills
Montecarlo’s hills trail: the hiking trail on the Montecarlo’s hills is one of the more interesting of Valdinievole, the area between Lucca and Pistoia.
Montecarlo is a small town on the top of a complex of hills that takes the name from this village. We usually advise this hiking because it’s easy and contain a number of interesting things to visit. The trail begin in a countryside area where our guest can appreciate the typical cultivations. Olive trees, small vineyards, vegetable gardens, typical houses, etc. Then we enter in the woodland where we explain the characteristics of our vegetations, flora and fauna. An easy rising lead us in a big vineyard where winemaker produces grapes for Montecarlo’s wine. The history of the wine here is very ancient and probably as important as the Chianti one. Then we go slightly down. We will visit the point where an ancient fortress was used by Lucca’s army. Castruccio Castracani from here controlled the Florence’s army and lashed a violent attack during the war of 1325.
We continue slightly down and reach the big old oak called “Oak of Witches”. It’s an impressive tree! It has a very interesting story that is mixed with the novel of Pinocchio (born by the mind of Carlo Lorenzini lived close here in Collodi). Then we come back to the starting point. The ending part will be done walking on what remain of the ancient paved road that linked Lucca and Florence from 1300 to 1700.
This hiking in Tuscany is easy and reach of point of interest. It takes about 4 hours during witch the group can eat a packed lunch under the crown of the big Oak of Witches. After the trail we can arrange a visit to a typical farm of Montecarlo where guest can taste wines in a peaceful place with tables, chairs and qualified staff.