A route backwards in the history of the mountain, leading the visitor to walk along the medieval track called Via Francesca della Sambuca, which starts from Pavana and reaches Sambuca Castello, an ancient fortified medieval village, recently restored. On many houses in the area, ancient masks are visible, sculpted in stone and related to magic rituals.
Stone Teaching Hub
This is where tools and items related to the ancient stonecutter trade are on display, a trade which locals were taught by members of the Maestri Comacini guild. In the same building you have the Ecomuseo camp. On request you may also visit the nearby church of S. Cristoforo and S. Jacopo, with a valuable painting by an artist from the school of Guido Reni.
Biogenetic Reserve, Medieval settlement
In the biogenetic forestry reserve there are several archaeological remains, a product of research covering an area of about 1600 m2, which also led to finding pottery items dating to between the 10th and 12th century, suggesting that the site was part of a medieval monastic complex.
OPENING HOURS 2022
August: Saturday and Sunday and Monday 15/08, 3.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.
Meeting with the guide in Ponte a Rigoli at 3.30 p.m. For next visits, the guide will wait at the archaeological site.
For visits during extraordinary opening hours, please call freephone 800 974102
Pieve di Furfalo
Dating to the 10th century, it is one of the most ancient Pieve churches in the province of Pistoia. Its remains still stand in the forest, along a footpath connecting Serra Pistoiese to Panicagliora.
Free admission, including forest footpath.
“Renzo Innocenti” Museum – Private Collection
Torri – Sambuca Pistoiese
This collection consists of nine sections, including tools, utensils and other everyday life items found by its owner, Renzo Innocenti.
Selvaggia Vergiolesi Tower
From the name of the woman who inspired the Dolce Stil Novo poet Cino da Pistoia.