Pontassieve Medicea Rafting
Water (and wine!) under the Medici bridge in Pontassieve
Location: Pontassieve, Valdisieve and Chianti
Itinerary: Medici Pontassieve
Best time: from November to June
Length: 5,5 Km
Price: 35 € per person
This fun path on the Sieve river, suitable for rafting and kayaking, crosses a picturesque hilly landscape among vineyards, olive groves and cypress forests, allowing you to reach, from the ancient mill of Vico, the village of Pontassieve.
Here rises the Medici bridge, of which we know that “after the flood of the Sieve in 1548, which destroyed the ancient bridge, in 1555 Cosimo I commissioned Stefano from San Piero a Ponti and his son Tommaso to construct a new bridge, probably based on the designs of Bartolomeo Ammannati.
It was subsequently renovated, before 1788 upon the orders of the Granduca Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena when he opened the royal road of Casentino and that for San Godenzo, and later, around 1950, after the damage caused by the Second World War.
With our rafts, we pass under the bridge and disembark roughly 1 km downstream, at the charming site of the confluence of the Sieve with the Arno, at the “Fabrizio De Andrè” Fluvial Park of Pontassieve.
For an excellent lunch, snack or dinner, don’t miss the Bottega di Rosano, where you can enjoy the best food and wine of the Tuscan cuisine (in this area traditions are particularly strong!) and taste excellent red wine from the nearby Rufina, Pomino and Nipozzano wine cellars.
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