Apart from the uniqueness of this amazing natural reserve, Valdinievole offers you green spaces, woods, natural grottos, panoramic views and enticing glimpses of nature.
Vineyards and olive groves grow on the gentle hills of Montalbano, crossed by roads that open out on to breathtaking vistas, perfect for motorbikes, like the SP9 (Provincial Road 9) which in the past was used for a special test for the Rally of Pistoia.
Surrounded by nature, Valdinievole is the ideal destination for an outdoor holiday. A cure-all for the mind and body.The walk around Colle di Monsummano is a ring road that departs from the thermal plant of the Grotta Giusti, and goes along the Geological Path, so called because it enables you to appreciate the geological features of the hill, and the rock formations, which – like an open book – recount the very long history of the place.
The grotto Maona, approximately 15 million years old, unites geological interest to speleological interest. It lies inside the hill of the same name, between the valley and Montecatini Alto. Shaped by the slow dripping of water – which has consequently moulded stalactites and stalagmites – it is the only grotto in Italy to have two wells, one at its entrance and one at its exit. The route through it is 200 metres long, at a depth of 20 metres and at a constant temperature of 15°C, and the visitor is catapulted into an atmosphere of dantesque-like hell. Special inhabitants of the grotto are the approximately 30 examples of bats, belonging to a rare and protected species.