SOFT (Florence Springs Trekking) is a well marked
network of hiking paths joining the Mugello mountains with the
hills of the Sieve valley in one main ring and twenty-two smaller
rings suitable for day-long treks. The route is well equipped
with hostels and stop-over facilities, and in section between
the Futa pass and Mount Falterona it overlaps the GEA (Great Apennine
Excursion) path. Mugello also offers easier walking itineraries
suitable for everyone, including a number of pleasant leisure
walks in the Gabbianello Natural Oasis and in the magnificent
park of Villa Demidoff at Pratolino (Vaglia). The Mugello Tourist
Office has also published a charming free booklet about the walking
itineraries described by the local poet Dino Campana in his writings.
Not just on foot
Walking and trekking are certainly not the only excursion opportunities
in the Mugello countryside: horse riding, cycling and mountain
biking, quad cross-country drives as well as gliding, tourist
and sport flying can all be enjoyed thanks to the many clubs and
businesses which in most cases also offer private tuition.
Bilancino highland beaches
The Bilancino lake is a 5 square km artificial basin created to
reduce water supply shortages and flood risk in Florence and surroundings.
Bilancino is in the vicinity of Barberino di Mugello and it boasts
top bathing facilities that an increasing number of enthusiasts
prefer to seaside beaches for the fresher climate.
The lake is suitable for swimming, canoeing, sailing and
windsurfing, and it hosts both Italian and international
In the summer months, public bathing and swimming is also possible
in the municipal pools of Borgo San Lorenzo, Vicchio, Marradi
and Palazzuolo sul Senio.
Constantly clean waters due to the fresh input of the Sieve river
and many smaller streams, the Bilancino lake is surprisingly teeming
with carps, crucian carps, chubs, black bass and pikes barbells,
trouts, minnows, eels, tenches and catfish to name but a few varieties.
Fishing and angling in the lake is allowed with several techniques,
provided the necessary licence is obtained together with a copy
of the fishing rules and regulations. Also elsewhere in Mugello
can be found several fishing lakes, especially for trout and carp
The Poggio dei Medici Golf and Country Club,
near Scarperia, is an 18 hole par 73 green, with a Championship
course of 6.452 metres which hosted the Ladies' Italian Open from
1999 to 2003. Launched in 1992 in compliance with USGA (United
States Golf Association) standards, it is regarded as one of the
finest in Italy with 5 different starting tees providing a fascinating
golfing experience in beautiful settings for players at all levels
of expertise. The Golf Club is open all year and offers extensive
practice facilities, with a Driving Range complete with shaded
driving bays and separate Putting and Pitching Greens. A PGA Academy
Professional is available for private lessons, and golf carts
and clubs are available for hire.
The Mugello International Racing Circuit at Scarperia hosts over
the first weekend in June the most important motorcycle racing
event in Italy: the Italian Grand Prix class 125cc, 250cc,
MotoGP (competing respectively on 20, 21 and 23 laps).
But the racetrack, owned by Ferrari, hosts from late March to
early October several other motorcycling and car racing events,
as well as F1 tests of the Ferrari and other racing teams, which
may occasionally be open to spectators.
The first major event of the Mugello sports season is the 'Mille
Miglia' vintage car race in mid-May, when vintage racing
cars dart through the Mugello valley on their way back from Rome
to Brescia: after leaving Florence in the early afternoon, the
crews climb the Bolognese state road to the Futa and Raticola
Just as legendary is the exhausting '100 km del Passatore'
foot race, held overnight in the last weekend of May.
Runners set off from Piazza della Signoria in Florence and run
through Fiesole, Borgo San Lorenzo, Marradi, the Colla pass and
Brisighella before they reach Piazza del Popolo in Faenza 100
km later. Long-distance running enthusiast may also want to enter
the Mugello marathon, the longest established international marathon
in Italy, held in the third week of September on the customary
distance of 42,195 km around Borgo San Lorenzo.
In late may, the municipality of Borgo San Lorenzo organizes a
sports fair called 'Vivi lo Sport' in the Foro Boario
leasure area. Locals and visitors are welcome to try their hand
at several sports or join tournaments and shows of sports as diverse
as archery, five-a-side football, judo, skating, athletics, kick-boxing,
skateboarding and paragliding. Younger children can play in a
safe area with enflatable playing facilities, while young adults
and adults can enjoy live music performances, disco and ballroom
dancing, eating and drinking stalls managed by the local sports