Trekking Among The Ancient Mills In The Val Di Chio

From Castiglion Fiorentino to Val di Chio, a path inspired by nature and history

Sister of Valdichiana unbeknownst to Val di Chio, this valley is exactly located on the border with the first one and is almost completely included in the territory of Castiglion Fiorentino. The territory of Val di Chio is formed thanks to the Vingone stream, which then flows into the largest Main Canal of Chiana river.

The valley is dotted with small characteristic villages, all of them being medieval origins borgo: some of these were born in ancient times as "fortresses", real castles occupied by military troops and outposts, while other modern locations are born around ancient "villas", namely buildings used for agriculture in support of fortresses; finally, there are also some villages that originate from ancient "hospitals" and inns, thus boasting a past as health and accommodation facilities.

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The numerous waterways present in Val di Chio have allowed the construction of numerous mills, perfect for processing the flour and hemp that have always characterized the work of this area. The mills that remain today are still preserved in good condition and the "path of the ancient mills" is available. This is a recently established pedestrian route perfect for those who want to see the historical and naturalistic beauties of Val di Chio.


Length: about 10km
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 35m


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