Excursions

Borselli is located 800m above sea level in a woodland area not far (15 minutes) from the well-known forest of Vallombrosa and its famous Abbey, and 4 kms away from the mountain pass of Consuma. There is a wide range of self-guided excursion itineraries covering the Casentino and the Sieve valley.

Mountain bikers may be keen to challenge the difficult State road uphill to Consuma, with its numerous bends; however, the scenic views are stunning.

Walking in any season

The whole area around Borselli is excellent for walking or hiking in any season: in summer you can go to the cooler areas like Consuma or Vallombrosa (1000m or even higher up if we include Mount Secchieta nearby in the massif of Pratomagno); in other seasons, it would be otherwise advisable to walk lower down at 300-400m along mostly old country roads connecting the Val di Sieve with the Mugello or Valdarno. In the neighborhood, the great GEA route (Great Excursion of the Apennines), a long footpath covering 375 km throughout the Tuscan-Romagna and Tuscan-Emilia Apennines is today subdivided into 28 stopping places, where food, refreshments and shelter can be found.

 

The superb Casentina Forest, circa 40/50 minutes by car, is a large protected area in the Tuscan Romagna Apennines that includes the most extensive and well-preserved woods and forests in Italy. The forest conserves a heritage of flora and fauna of great interest, including the wolf and the golden eagle, which are among the large predators. The forest and the many natural environs bear witness to the traces and millennial presence of man: hamlets, mule tracks and especially two very fascinating sanctuaries such as Camaldoli and La Verna.

In 2010 the municipal offices of Pelago and Rufina drew up a map of the excursion trails that extend for 195km, attempting to rediscover the old routes: an authentic archeology of the landscape, among them the old mule tracks, centuries-old woods, and wall remains. The trails indicate some obstacles, however they are suitable for mountain bikers and horse riders. There is more information available on the website link pelago.sentieri.toscana.it, which you can download, even via GPS or Smartphone, in Italian and English.