Mugello

Mugello, in Tuscany’s lush green valley, lies just to the north of Florence. With its castles, great food, and endless scenery, Barberino diMugello is one of those places that seems too good to be true, but it is very much a real place with genuine delights to experience. The villas once home to the Medicis still stand as a testament to another era. Mugello is also a hotspot for sport fishing and racing, a unique combination for Italy. With Pisa 45 miles to the north and Florence 15 miles to the south, Mugello enjoys a prime location easy to visit no matter where your Tuscany plans take you.

Medici Villas & Castles in Mugello

Medici Villas & Castles in Mugello
Medici Villas & Castles in Mugello

Few families ever held as much power as the Medicis. During the Renaissance, many a ruler and family member sought relaxation and retreat in Mugello. More than five centuries later, several of these palatial homes and castles are still standing, and tours  of them provide some of the most interesting things to do in Mugello. Some are open for guided tours and others have grounds to stroll, so be sure to plan ahead if you’re hoping to visit these historic homes. The Park and Villa Demidoff, the closest to Florence, was built by Francesco de Medici, who was the Grand Duke of Tuscany, partially for his mistress Bianca Capello. After the years passed, Prince Paolo Demidoff purchased the house and gardens that had fallen in ruin. His work paid off, and the villa became a museum in the 1980s. Other must-sees include the Vicar’s Palace, the Palazzo dei Vicari, and the Villa di Cafaggiolo, one of the oldest Medici villas in Mugello Tuscany. Its prized Renaissance architecture is worth seeing up close.

Bilancino Lake

Bilancino Lake
Bilancino Lake

The largest manmade lake in Tuscany was created after a major dam was built. In the years since, it has become a top spot for sustainable tourism. Bird watchers prize the chance to see pink flamingos, storks, and cranes, while adventures will find plenty to enjoy. On the clean waters of Mugello’s lake, you’ll find the opportunity to go sailing, try windsurfing, or canoe. On shore, it’s not uncommon to find sunbathers on the sandy shore and mountain bikers on the trails surrounding the lake.

Mugello Race Circuit

Mugello Race Circuit
Mugello Race Circuit

There’s plenty of adventure to be found away from the lake as well. Anyone who follows the thrilling sport of racing has heard about Mugello Tuscany. It started with a street race in 1914 and grew into one of Europe’s primer racing facilities. The winding track clocks in at five-plus kilometers (3.25 miles) and is used for Italian motorcycle races, Grand Prix events, and even as a test track for Ferraris. It’s worth checking out what’s going on at the track while you’re visiting Mugello, especially if you have the need for speed.

Mugello Tuscany Hotels & Lodging

Mugello Tuscany Hotels & Lodging
Mugello Tuscany Hotels & Lodging

Like everything else in Tuscany, lodging in Mugello Tuscany is a combination of the old and new, the sleek and the charming. If you’re looking for a modern hotel, you’ll certainly have no trouble finding one in the area. But since this Tuscany, you have other options. Vacation rentals are quite common in Tuscany and run the gamut from rural farmhouses to grand villas. It’s easy to find distinctive accommodations in Mugello and enjoy your stay while you're here.  

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