The Cultural Park of Monte Giovi was established in 2008 to commemorate the war events that took place in this area of the province of Florence between 1943 and 1944 and which saw the formation of the first partisan brigades.
And Barbiana, a small hamlet on the slopes of Monte Giovi, was the place of exile of Don Lorenzo Milani, a priest who, for his attitude, was in contrast with an extremely intransigent official Church.
Monte Giovi, with its 992 mt. of height, is called for this "the mountain of rebels", as were the partisans and as was Don Milani, who founded in Barbiana the School for the children of peasants and mountain dwellers, convinced that only education could really emancipate and make them free.
The itinerary starts and ends in Barbiana, passing by places that are symbols of our history and in particular of our Florentine history, and through dense woods of chestnut trees, hornbeams, maples, hazelnuts, ornaments alternating with open areas of pasture, you arrive at the top of Monte Giovi from where, on days of clear sky, you can enjoy beautiful paronrames on the surrounding valleys. From the mountain you can return to Barbiana, passing through Tamburino and Montauto, places known for episodes linked to the Liberation War, using a comfortable cart track and in some places suggestive paths through the fields and deciduous woods.
Duration: 5 hours (including stops)
Length: 12 km.
Altitude difference: 500 mt.
Recommended season: spring, summer, autumn, winter
Cost: 12 € (children under 12 years free)