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Hiking in the hills above Sorgane in Florence

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Whenever I really need time to think, and lately I have really needed time alone for a bit of self-reflection, I hop outside and climb up this hill beside my house. I happen to live close to Viale Europe and Bagno a Ripoli which is a 25 minute commute from the center by bus, sometimes less depending on that attitude of the bus driver. They tend to get very ‘formula one’ once they near the capolinea [last stop] and I sometimes want to back-hand them with my trusty carta agile ticket.

When I first discovered the view up here I was really really impressed. Rolling Tuscan hills like the you see above, a crumbling house and some grassy knolls to relax in. I even shot this video below, because why not?


If you want to check out the view here and bring a picnic, I highly encourage it! It’s closer than Fiesole or Monte Giovi and easy to find. Just hop on bus 23A [direction sorgane] and get off at the last stop. If you walk in the direction of the hills you will see the wooden pagoda where the trail starts. It’s pretty short though the initial hike is quite high – bring some water!

You may need to catch your breath a few times, or at least I do. Follow the wooden signs and you will come up to a field where you can see a splendid view of Florence and the duomo. Going a little further up back from where you came, is this trail where I took the videos & photos above. I would bring a friend if it’s your first time just to be safe. Also if you are looking for something cool to do this spring, why not zip-line and spider-monkey climb on some netting in Fiesole? We went last year and I LOVED it, thank you Groupon!

Hiking in Sorgane 

Bus – 23A Sorgane. You can get the 23 from the Santa Maria Novella train station, piazza san marco, piazza beccaria or corso tintori by via dei benci. The buses come very often!

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  1. Birgitte
    22.02.2013 at 12:19

    Thank you so much for this tip! Living in Florence without a car I am always on the look out for great places which can be reached by bus. I will definitely go here soon with my camera 🙂

    1. ggnitaly84
      22.02.2013 at 12:20

      That’s what I was thinking too, we need more public transportation accessible places to hike so please do let me know what you think of it and can’t wait to see your photos!

      1. Birgitte
        23.02.2013 at 12:09

        I will. I can share another similar place above Scandicci: It’s accessible right from outside the churchyard (Via Sant’Antonio I think it’s called). Just go up the road and you find yourself in the middle of gorgeous Tuscan nature. The area is not gigantic but you can have a walk for about an hour or so…. And the great thing is that you can return to the city on the other side in Via Enrico Fermi (I think it’s called), so you don’t have to go the same way back. And there are horses 🙂

        1. ggnitaly84
          23.02.2013 at 12:37

          Oo nice~! I think I know what area you are talking about. There is a path from Fiesole to San Domenico and beyond which is really nice as well. I always use these opportunities to eat a huge lunch and walk it off with friends ;-).