This is the beginning of a fascinating journey on the lookout for small and ancient hamlets, each of them with a tale to be told. By car, by bike or on foot, along numerous paths and trails…..any way is the right way to explore the Valdinievole.
Find the time to visit – but not in a hurry – the area around Pescia, a unique and fascinating place, worthy of its name “the Swiss Pesciatina”, as it is known locally. Gently sloping hills and small villages, a picture postcard countryside, authentic as the ten medieval Castella (country villages) which, one after the other, will appear before your eyes.
The small and fortified hamlet of Massa is well worth a visit – once surrounded by its own walls of which only a few parts remain today – with its towers and imposing gates; as is Cozzile, too, with its narrow alleys, its ‘piazzetta’, the majestic Palazzo De Gubernatis and its picturesque areas. If you go along the steep little road between olive groves, right up to the 19th century ‘palazzo’, you will find yourself in the midst of total silence surrounded by the peacefulness of nature.
It is also well worth going to the medieval hamlet of Uzzano Castello, an antique little centre where pilgrims and wayfarers once used to pass through; it stands on top of a hill from where you can see all the Valdinievole area. A romantic place, especially at night, thanks to the way it is lit and illuminated which makes it recognizable from anywhere down in the valley.
In spring, treat yourself to an intoxicating walk through the lanes of Buggiano Castello, known as the citrus hamlet, due to its abundance of splendid, private gardens, and go on to reach the panoramic terrace from where – on a clear day – you can even catch sight of San Gimignano and Volterra. A short distance away, in a countryside rich in olives, you can find the picturesque hamlet of Colle di Buggiano.