Along the Pesa from Cerbaia to Sambuca

Municipality San Casciano in Val di Pesa


We begin in Cerbaia from the Pablo Picasso car park.

You descend along a cobbled road after crossing a chain and turn left, skirting the Pesa.

Follow the road, which is always wide and climbs up the river with little slope. We leave numerous forks on the left and reach the Ponte Rotto locality.

Climb up to the tarmac road and cross it, descending on the opposite side to the natural-bed road that continues along the Pesa. You cross a small ford and after a few hundred metres you cross another ford. You reach the La Botte park.

Continue further and you reach the locality of Calzaiolo, where you must cross the river on the road bridge and follow the track on the other side, passing a barrier. Follow the track in this less evident section until you reach the road via del Pergolato where you must cross the Pesa again.

Follow the track for another 4 km or so until you reach Sambuca and the Borro del Lavatoio crossing where a few metres before is the municipal boundary of San Casciano.

The route can also be travelled in the opposite direction.

Points of interest

  • Cerbaia
  • Ponterotto
  • La Botte
  • Calzaiolo
  • Bargino


Technical details:
  • Starting point: Cerbaia (Sambuca if going in the opposite direction)
  • How to get there: By car. You reach Cerbaia from San Casciano along Via Empolese, from Florence along Via Volterrana
  • Arrival point: Sambuca
    Access: take the FI-SI motorway and exit at Tavarnelle, going to Serbia or Sambuca.
  • Difficulty level: T - Tourist
    Possible criticality: fords (difficult only in the event of rain)
  • Experience requirements: Minimum
  • Travelling time: 4 hours
  • Length: 15 km
  • Total ascent: 100m
  • Total descent: 0m
  • Maximum height: 178m above sea level
  • Minimum height: 78m above sea level
  • Signposts: Red/white signs, arrows indicating direction of travel and times
  • Best time to tackle the route: All year round
  • Necessary equipment: walking shoes
  • Operators offering additional tourist services along the route: ND
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