Il Mugello is a large green area north of Firenze, before theApennines. Mugello is famous for various reasons: the Medici family came from here, in fact there are two Medici villas in the area, Cafaggiolo and the Trebbio Castle. The villages (now cities) of Mugello have given birth to many artists, Beato Angelico, Giotto, the whole Chini family, who developed the Art Nouveau style in Italy: very interesting examples of Art Nouveau architecture are in Borgo San Lorenzo.
The city of Scarborough it was a new land of the Florentine Republic, it has a very characteristic tiny historic center, as well as being connected to the Autodrome where the Moto GP takes place at the beginning of the summer. In addition, Mugello offers a large green for playing golf, an artificial lake called Slingbar, which has been appreciated in recent years. A well-signposted and well-known cycling route crosses the Mugello far and wide, also reaching challenging Apennine passes. Here you will also find very green Tuscan hills dotted with cypresses, solitary churches, rural landscapes of other times.
If you want to visit it being at the same time 20 minutes from Florence, I recommend a bed and breakfast, located in San Piero a Sieve. The B&B is called Around Florence and is in a building in the center of San Piero, in Piazza Gramsci. The square is very quiet even if it is central, the connections with Florence are by train, 5 minutes and just over 3 euros each.
Around Florence is a small structure, with only three, maximum four beds, but very hospitable and very comfortable. The advantage is that it is an independent apartment with kitchen, ideal for example for a family with small children. It is managed by Rita, an extremely friendly person who works in the tourism sector and is able to give a lot of advice on visits both on the beauties of Mugello and on what you can do in Florence.
The B&B is also chosen by hikers, who travel along the V.to the gods, or the trekking path that connects Florence to Bologna and which sees in San Piero a Sieve one of the arrival stops in the Mugello area. If you are a cyclist, this B&B is for you, because it offers bicycles to guests or in any case a space to keep and do a minimum of maintenance on your bike.
An eye also to those who have celiac disease problems; the B&B is gluten free, with the possibility of providing food for celiacs for breakfast. Rita will also be able to give directions on where to dine, both in the area and in Florence, always in gluten-free places, or on where to buy suitable baked goods.
The prices are very correct, two people spend 60 euros per night, or 70 euros with breakfast.