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Biking or trekking on Pistoia mountains is always nice. Now is the perfect time of the year!!!!!!!!!


Route 1: From Pian dei Termini towards Monte Peciano
Route 2: ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Towards Monte Gennaio
Route 3: Circular Cycle path of Pratorsi

How to reach Gavinana by car:
from Pistoia: Take road SR no. 66 until Campotizzoro, take a right on the provincial road near “Ponte alla Falce”. This road leads to Gavinana after about 5 kilometers.
” from Lucca Take road SS no. 12 “dell’Abetone e del Brennero”, take a right on road SR no. 66 near La Lima towards San Marcello Pistoiese.

Route 1
From Pian dei Termini towards Monte Peciano
This is an easy route on rough track. From Pian dei Termini follow a slightly sloping stretch, which leads into a thick conifer wood. Halfway there is a spring water fountain, rich in minerals..
Route 2
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Towards Monte Gennaio
The route follows well-marked CAI paths that cross the Teso Forest. From Pian dei Termini the route is mostly uphill except a few stretches, until you reach the midway point. Along the path there are great viewpoints looking out onto the Northern Apennines.
Route 3
Circular Cycle path of Pratorsi
It is a brief route of medium difficulty. The first stretch is on an asphalt road that leads to the refuge of Pratorsi, and then continues on both tracks and asphalt road. The gradient and steep downhill stretch make this route particularly unusual.



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HAPPY 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Waiting for the snow becoming perfect for skiing, people here on holidays or coming for the holiday season in February, have many chances to discover our beautiful land, with its nature, wine&food, culture.

Villages up on the mountains can be discovered in order to know the past of the people living here, a past whose signs and traditions are still alive thanks to Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese, in particular in the Museo della Gente dell’Appennino Pistoiese in Rivoreta (museum dedicate to Pistoia’s Appenine people), close to Abetone, which I suggest to visit.

There are actually people still keeping the old traditions, doing the hard jobs on mountains areas, with a strong contact with nature: in fact Museum’s aim is to connect the past to the present,  and it does it in a very innovating way, stimulating interaction with visitors and their creativity, there is also a Toys Lab. I think this is a good way to keep the past alive, let generations know what was going on, and not loose that, because it still is a great resource.

During winter time this Museum is open on week-ends only, for any information contact:

I.A.T. Abetone  Tel.  +39 0573 60231 

We are almost at the end of Christmas holiday season, but for us there still is a last celebration, that of “BEFANA” the elderly lady flying on her sweep and filling with toys the socks kids prepared….everything between tomorrow night and the January 6th, the official Epifania, where the feast comes from. The origin of the feast is related to Christians traditions, and to the story of the three kings coming from far away taking to Jesus Christ their gifts……guided by a star!

Befana is a great tradition for us, many small events are going on tomorrow and on Jan. 6th. Please get in touch writing at aptpistoia@gmail.com to receive detailed info!

Skiing season has started, and Pistoia mountains are ready to welcome you!

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Snow arrived, finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tuscany mountains of Pistoia are waiting for you! Fly low cost to Pisa or Florence, and you will easily reach our beatiful ski resorts…..and maybe take the chance to visit Pistoia art city as well!

want more information? write us at aptpistoia@gmail.com!

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Travelling around in Tuscany you meet with such different realities, from a natural point of view, as well as from historical, art, cultural and social point of views.  

Well, I was once driving up on the hills and mountains of Pistoia, and asked myself the origin of those special features of the territory, the reasons of the athmosphere you find there.

My first answer was: mountains. The second was: we are on the borderline with Emilia Romagna…..

Here a few notes on a very interesting project trying to make the boundaries area a tourist area of interest.  There is also a specific webisite where you can find info, gps maps for biking and trekking over there: http://aptpistoia.megamente.com/index_EN.cfm

The mountains, as natural obstacles, are often considered borders destined to separate opposing sides. However, border areas can not be thought of solely as dividing elements: they must be considered for their most important characteristics, and seen as “centres in evolution and expansion, small worlds with their own value and able to attract and bond closely men and places” (Febvre).

 Among the elements that distinguish border areas, especially in the mountain, were the roads that lead to the mountain passes, the shelters for travelers (churches, hospices and inns), the border stations or other military or commercial control structures.

 The mountain area was, not only in the past, marked by defined settlements (castles or villages), by extensive woodland, by pasture land, streams dotted with factories and thick network of footpaths. The mountain, which dominated and continues to dominate over all this, is a natural and breachable boundary – depending on the seasons.  

The evidence of the material culture, traditions and folk tales, and even the relations of governing officers, tell us of a difficult world with meagre resources.

The beautiful historical maps, almost like old “photographs” from the past, show us the mountain landscape as it was, until it’s transformations of the modern age.

Taking inspiration from this rich documentary asset, the project “The ancient boundaries of the Mountainof Pistoia” acts as a meeting point for historical research and the modern needs for tourism (culture and sport), as well as education, hoping to conserve the original characteristics of the territory and an awareness of ecology.

Very often one thinks of boundaries as a line that separates two realities, be it states, communities, or other. An imaginary line, sometimes linked to natural obstacles such as mountains or rivers, and often linked to political and human events. In reality, as many historians as Lucien Febvre have taught us, mountains, rivers and forests, although they are dividing points, they are also “centres in evolution and expansion, small worlds with their own value and able to attract and bond closely men and places(L.Febvre, The Earth and Human Evolution, Turin 1980).

More notes on this project on future posts………meanwhile, I would like to hear about your world boundaries: are they physical, as mountains and rivers,   or lakes…or Oceans?

what do you think is the influence of physical boundaries on social life, therefore on your psycological, inner life?

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