Jogging and walking in Florence
Where to do outdoor sports in the city, 5 places to score
Florence is a city to be admired in the open air, a treasure trove of masterpieces in the open air to be observed, and naturally it also has excellent routes for running or walking surrounded by beauty.
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The Cascine Park, with its 160 hectares, is the most important in Florence. Considered the green lung of the city, it is also the favourite destination of Florentine athletes. It runs along the Arno river for 6 km and has a maximum ring of about 7 km; it is not a very long route but it is suitable to train with the repetitions, because the park has straight lines even 3 km long. If you need a longer distance, you can continue along the river, until you reach Signa where there is the Parco dei Renai, 270 hectares.
Along the Arno
All the beauty of Florence can be admired following the course of its river. Along the Arno river there is in fact a cycle and pedestrian path, suitable for runners, cyclists. We advise you to take as your starting point the Tuscany Hall (ex Obihall) in the southern area of Florence, pass under the Varlungo bridge and then continue towards the centre.
Rich in beauty and climbs, do not miss the path that starts from Porta Romana and that runs alongside the road for about 3 km, with a light but steady climb. The alternative is also to start from Piazza Ferrucci, to follow what is commonly called Viale dei Colli. Along this road we point out two beautiful gardens: the Rose Garden and the Iris Garden. Two small jewels that with their beauty will give you the right charge to go on. Needless to say, then, that the game is worth the candle. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo is spectacular.
Pian dei Giullari
The streets of Pian dei Giullari, along the road of the same name, from Via San Leonardo to Via Santa Margherita in Montici, can become another wonderful itinerary for Florentine runners. Those who come to this area have the impression that they are not in Florence, but in one of the many medieval villages in Tuscany. In reality the distance from the city centre is only a few kilometres. Here there are also some beautiful villas. We mention, in particular, one of the most famous: the Gioiello, the place where Galileo Galilei spent his last years.
A corner of a secret and untouched Florence, outside the centre. Settignano has a wonderful landscape that runners can admire along a short route, but which offers a decidedly different and unexpected perspective of the city. We recommend a tour that starts from the crossroads of via del Guarlone with the Stradone di Rovezzano. This little street, with its stone walls, climbs up to the centre of Settignano. You can then descend along via della Capponcina to return to the starting point.