Stage 12















Bagno di Romagna




Stage 12 | 20 May 2021 | 95.8 km

Pontassieve >
Bagno di Romagna


Pontassieve is a prestigious town located in the surroundings of Florence. The territory is distinguished by rivers running down from the mountain ridges to the valleys, softened by the meandering shapes of our hills, living witnesses to the presence of man and our traditions: churches, castles, ancient villas give rise to an “open-air museum” all around this amazing territory. Culture and nature combine in a single setting, among vineyards and olive trees, typical products and flavours. The most important products in Pontassieve grow from agriculture. Pontassieve is mainly a territory of vineyards. The wines produced locally is Chianti Rufina wine, the smallest geographic specification in the Chianti area. After the award of DOCG  trademark (registered and guaranteed designation of origin), quantities were lowered and quality sensibly improved.

Preserving memory and flavours of a territory is an extraordinary declaration of love.


The first settlements date back to the Etruscan and Roman ages but would have gained importance only in the Middle Ages. Crucial center of the Resistance in World War II, today it is an important center of food, wine and artisan production

Places of interest

The most important monuments are the Ponte Mediceo built by Cosimo I de’Medici, the Trebbio Castle, seat of the Congiura de’Pazzi and the Church of San Miniato in Pagnolle, likely meeting place between Dante and Beatrice

Activities on eco-sustainable mobility

Pontassieve is increasingly a green city thanks to the cycle path that encloses the areas of greatest interest and traffic and which will connect the center with the nearest hamlets and municipalities


Pontassieve is increasingly a green city thanks to the cycle path that encloses the areas of greatest interest and traffic and which will connect the center with the nearest hamlets and municipalities


Pontassieve is a land of vineyards as shown by the wines already famous in the Florence of the Medici and the production of Chianti Rufina, the smallest and oldest geographical specification of Chianti

Bagno di Romagna

A borderland between Romagna and Tuscany, Bagno di Romagna is a millenary village, famous for its thermal waters since Roman times, gateway to the Foreste Casentinesi National Park and temple of slow living, since 2005 it has been an “Orange Flag” town of the Italian Touring Club.

From the lakes in the middle of the woods to the Gnome Trail, from the buildings designed by the long Florentine domination to the inns and starred restaurants, here you can breathe the nature of an Apennine village suspended between two lands, warm and welcoming.

The purity of the elements, the natural warmth of the waters, the intensity of the flavours, the cordiality of a small mountain community, the quality of the services find their maximum expression in the spas, ready to pamper you and cure your body and soul.

More than 400 km of paths to be covered on foot or by bike, mostly immersed in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, make Bagno di Romagna the ideal destination for lovers of cycling and outdoor activities.


In Bagno di Romagna, the gastronomy of Romagna (famous all over the world for its fresh pasta, from lasagne to tagliatelle, from passatelli to tortellini and ravioli, right up to the ever-present piadina) blends with the more sober Tuscan tradition (unbeatable in meat and salami dishes, not to mention the assorted crostini, with liver pâté, or porcini mushrooms and many other variations).

Here you can enjoy unforgettable culinary experiences, to be savoured in the more than 50 restaurants scattered throughout the territory, ranging from traditional family-run trattorias to more refined and prestigious establishments where you can savour more innovative and original cuisine (including some awarded a Michelin star).

The basis of the most distinctive dishes are local and seasonal products: porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, white and black truffles, sausages and hams, game, honey and handmade chocolate, mature or fresh cheeses. Among the latter, of particular note is Raviggiolo DOP, a sublime soft white raw cheese, to be enjoyed very fresh.

Among the creations in the kitchen, tasty is the chestnut, bean and potato soup; unique are the basotti, special tagliolini au gratin; ingenious, economical and distinctive is the unique dish of tortelli nella lastra, filled with herbs or potatoes; as well as the focaccia bagnese, the castagnaccio, the lattaiolo, all worth trying.

Don’t miss the autumn food festivals, when flavours explode in the streets of the villages of Selvapiana, Bagno di Romagna and San Piero in Bagno, surrounded by the colourful spectacle of fall foliage.


Red and white wines, in particular Sangiovese DOP, Albana, Famoso IGT: the Savio Valley, which from Monte Fumaiolo, where the river rises, widens towards Bagno di Romagna and stretches as far as Cesena before flowing into the Adriatic Sea near Ravenna, presents a splendid landscape, which, starting from the mountains and the rugged gullies, gradually gives way to gentle hills, furrowed by crops and vineyards that produce wines of the highest quality.

In particular, at Mercato Saraceno (20 minutes by car from Bagno di Romagna) it is possible to take a tasting tour of the local wine cellars, which will give you a close-up view of the local producers, who are passionate about their work and in love with this generous land. A short distance from the historic centre you will find the area’s wine houses, which are able to combine the authenticity of wines made over generations with the innovation and entrepreneurial skills of young producers. Whether red, white or rosé, you will be offered the ideal accompaniment to typical products, from cured meats to cheeses, from piadina to pickles.


Basilica S. Maria Assunta and Museum of Sacred Art

The Romanesque Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta represents a unicum within this territory called “Tuscan Romagna”: inside there are precious works of the Florentine Renaissance, including stuccoes and paintings on wood by the workshops of Donatello and Ghirlandaio and a polychrome statuette by Andrea della Robbia. Here, in 1412, a ‘Eucharistic miracle’ took place, with wine turning to blood during a mass: the red-dyed corporal is carried in procession during Corpus Christi. The Basilica is the heart of the Museum of Sacred Art, which houses more than 200 works including ancient and precious paintings and furnishings.

Palazzo del Capitano

The Palazzo del Capitano is a tangible sign of the long Florentine domination of the territory: its unmistakable façade, adorned with over 70 coats of arms, takes us back to the time when the Captains sealed their mandate in the Val di Bagno by having an emblem affixed to the building. Today the Palazzo is the centre of the village’s cultural life and the symbol of its hospitality, with the headquarters of the Tourist Information Office, the Visitor Centre of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, the Library and the Municipal Historical Archives.

Corzano: fortress, hermitage, mule track

On the hill of Corzano, behind San Piero in Bagno, are the remains of a castle and a small elegant sanctuary, enlarged during the 19th century to venerate the image of the “Madonna col Bambino”, depicted in a 15th-century fresco inside a small church among the ruins of the castle. The medieval mule track, which links the village to the top of the hill, was restored a few years ago and is punctuated by 14 large bronze Stations of the Cross by the Sampieran artist Carmelo Puzzolo, the same as those that the same artist made at the shrine in Medjugorje.

Source of Chiardovo

Just outside the town centre, a pleasant and romantic walk in the midst of nature leads to the “Fonte del Chiardovo”, a place where cold thermal water gushes out (sulphurous-bicarbonate, low mineral content) with a characteristic eggy smell, well known for its benefits to mild gastrointestinal disorders. The avenue, shaded by lime trees, is about 1 km long, bordered by the cool waters of a stream flowing between tilled fields and vegetable gardens. Paved and closed to traffic, the path is suitable for everyone in a healthy, relaxing place, surrounded by greenery and coolness, punctuated by benches and tables where you can take a break.

The Gnome Trail

Leave your scepticism aside and immerse yourself in the Kingdom of Fantasy: just cross the little bridge over the River Savio a few steps from the village and you will enter the Gnome Trail, a path about two kilometres long marked by little bridges, signs, stone sculptures, animal silhouettes and little wooden houses, where, who knows, you might meet the Gnome Savio, the Fairy Sfoglina and their friends! At the path you can enjoy many experiences, from a treasure hunt to a Gnome picnic, from a barefoot walk in nature to a night walk in the illuminated Magic Wood.