Sports activities around Lake Bilancino
Have fun in the water, on land or in the air
IIn the Mugello region, doing sport becomes second nature thanks to the rich diversity of the area’s natural environment. From the harsh beauty of the Upper Mugello valleys to the soft outlines of the region’s small towns and the vast Bilancino Lake, this region has it all. To really make the most of your time here, it’s a good idea to explore the area either on foot, on horseback or by trying one of the many water sports on the lake such as canoeing, sailing or windsurfing.
Around the Mugello valley there are many signed footpaths that wind around the ridge of the Florentine Apennines.The ‘Sorgenti di Firenze’ (SO.F.T.) trails are the main footpaths and are made up of one main circular walk and twenty two secondary circular walks. The main circular walk follows part of the Apennine ridge (the Futa Pass and Mount Falterona – this part coincides with Grande Escursione Appenninica or G.E.A. footpaths) and crosses many of the area’s waterways. It also covers the ridge that separates the Mugello valley from the Firenze-Prato valley. On the main circular walk of the SO.F.T. and G.E.A. footpaths there are many stopping points for walkers such as refuges, villas, farmhouses, old country schools, monasteries, campsites or hotels. These stopping points are almost always in small pretty villages which can also be reached by car. It’s usually advisable to book ahead. The twenty two secondary circular walks are more suited to day excursions. Each one focuses on a different environmental or historical/artistic theme.
For information, guides and excursion packs, please contact:
Gruppo Escursionisti Barberinesi - GEB
Via B. Corsini - Barberino di Mugello (Florence)
Tel. 328 5475574
Mountain biking fans can really enjoy Mugello’s mountainous and hilly terrain along the SO.F.T trails which pass through the most interesting corners of the region. The main SO.F.T. trail has been especially adapted to allow not only for walkers and horse riders but also for mountain bikers. Ferrovie dello Stato (the national rail company) has set up a special Train + Bike (‘Treno + Bici’) service on the Florence-Faenza line, with special carriages for bikes. For information on this train service, please contact the train station at Borgo San Lorenzo on 055 8459116.
For more information, guide or excursion packs, please contact:
Team Bike Barberino
Tel. 329 0040444
Canoeing, sailing and windsurfing
These are the new sports that can be practised in Mugello on Bilancino Lake. This lake is ideal for water sports and is a paradise for water sports lovers. Courses are organised for adults and children of all ages and it’s possible to hire all the equipment necessary, take part in competitions or just relax and have a great time.
For information on canoeing, please contact:
Beach: Loc. Moriano – Bilancino Lake
Barberino di Mugello (FI)
cell. 339 6745032
Office: Via Maffei, 59 - 50133 Florence
For information on windsurfing, please contact:
Windsurf Centre Kia Orana
Office: Via Amendola 2 - 50058 SIGNA (FI)
Beach: Nebbiaia-est (S.Giovanni) Bilancino Lake
cell. 347 3541068
Windsurf Club Bilancino Lake
Barberino di Mugello (Florence)
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com
For information about sailing, please contact:
Circolo Nautico Mugello (affiliated with Federazione Italiana Vela)
Via Guido Rossa, 9
50032 Borgo S. Lorenzo (FI)
(Friday after 9.30pm)
Tel./Fax 055 8494051
The Delta Club Firenze flying club operates out of Galliano airstrip close to Bilancino Lake. There is a flying school at which it’s possible to take courses to gain a pilot’s licence.
For more information, please contact:
Delta Club Firenze
50030 Galliano - Barberino di Mugello (FI)
Tel. e Fax 055 8428373
For those interested in flying, there’s also the Mugello AeroClub Volovelistico. To reach the club, follow the road which goes from Borgo San Lorenzo to Luco del Mugello.
For more information, please contact:
AeroClub Volovelistico del Mugello
50032 Borgo San Lorenzo (FI)
Tel. 055 8408665 (only at weekends) - 055 4215904 - 055 496201
Fax 055 4215654
An opportunity to learn something new on a farm holiday
Cooking courses, wine tasting, artisan crafts and also yoga and music – you can learn about all these things and more at an ‘agriturismo’, or farm holidayOne of the most interesting aspects of a farm holiday is that holiday-makers often have the opportunity to take part in different courses connected to the farm’s main activities. This is a great way to learn something new and learn about the place where you’re staying. Visitors might be able to take a cooking course, learn about wine tasting or study local artisan skills. There are also often courses about the natural environment for children. There are sometimes courses about how the farm’s products are made and what kind of ancient and modern equipment is used.
Holiday-makers can make their stay much more enjoyable, as well as learn a valuable skill if they take a wine course to learn about which wines to serve with which dishes, how to serve them and how they are produced. As well as more traditional, rural courses like this one, many ‘agriturismi’ also offer yoga courses, meditation techniques and massage. Some farms offer creative writing, music, singing or dance courses. There are also many places which run corporate activities. However you look at it, a stay in an ‘agriturismo’ is one of the best ways to spend your holiday.