Monte Senario (817 m a.s.l.) together with Monte Giovi (992 m a.s.l.) and Monte Morello (934 m a.s.l.) is one of the Florentine mountains.
Located north of Florence, the mountain is home to one of the most important sanctuaries in Tuscany. The Sanctuary was founded by seven Florentine nobles in 1241 and is today the seat of the community of the Servants of Mary.
In addition to its important spiritual aspect, Monte Senario represents an interesting place from a naturalistic point of view with a wide range of interesting, introduced and spontaneous forest situations.
The round hike, suitable for everyone, starts from Polcanto and after a short, albeit steep, climb through chestnut woods, you reach Monte Senario. The Sanctuary deserves a short stop and you can enjoy a wonderful view from the panoramic terrace. Then continue on the panoramic path 00, from which depart several paths to Bivigliano that we leave out to reach the Badia del Buonsollazzo, an imposing complex once belonging to the Camaldolese and now totally in ruins from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the Mugello and the northern Apennines. From the Badia the little traffic and panoramic municipal road that connects Polcanto to Bivigliano takes us back to the starting point.
Duration: 4 hours, excluding stops
Length: 11 km
Altitude difference: 350 mt
Recommended season: spring, summer, autumn, winter
You need: comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, rainproof equipment, water and packed lunch.
Cost: 12 € (children under 12 years free)