tA typical Tuscan green landscape along the Medici Way
tA typical Tuscan green landscape along the Medici Way

The Medici Way, Prato to Fucecchio

67 km
6 days | 5 nights
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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CO2 footprint
87 Kg/person
  1. Italy
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  3. Self-Guided
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  5. Tourcode ITSW520

The Tuscan landscape of the Via Medicea will warm your heart like a classic photograph as you penetrate its natural beauty.

It starts from Cascine Medicee parks of Prato and arrives in Fucecchio, after having crossed those territories where the Medici lived, hunted and amused, shaping wonderful landscapes also depicted by Leonardo Da Vinci in his paintings.

Throughout the trip there are four Medici Villas, today recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites, but also historic villages, ridges and valleys, natural parks, archaeological sites and numerous historical and artistic sites.


  • Wonderful landscapes, wide open fields, cypress lined hills and vineyards
  • Medici Villas, today recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites
  • Peaceful country roads, friendly Tuscans and delicious regional culinary specialties


Day 1

Arrival in Prato

Arrival in Prato

Arrive in Prato. The richness of Prato is also its mixture of cultures, eastern and western, which coexist and complement each other: ravioli for dinner and cantucci for dessert, why not?  

Day 2

From Prato to Artimino, 17.5 km

From Prato to Artimino, 17.5 km

The first stage of the Medici Route offers three historical-artistic and landscape masterpieces of the entire route - the Cascine di Tavola, the Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano and the Medici Villa "La Ferdinanda" in Artimino, both UNESCO heritage - wanted and built by the Medici family during the long period from the end of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century.
This stage of the Medici Route gives us the possibility to know and appreciate the evolution of the territorial policy of the Medici family, of its changes and mutations also in function of the political-economic, social and cultural conditions of the Tuscan and Italian situation of the time!

Distance: 17,5 km

Elevation gain: +573/-357 m

Day 3

From Artimino to Bacchereto, 19 km

From Artimino to Bacchereto, 19 km

The second stage, together with the third, is the most 'naturalistic' of the entire route, developing first on the highest belt of the hills of the northern side of Montalbano, and then on the ridge of this relief, which has always been covered by woods from the end of the Middle Ages until today. Here and there, the itinerary shows the signs of eras that preceded the Medici period, from Ancient times to the Middle Ages, which distinguish the upper part of Montalbano still today, such as the Etruscan settlements, churches and abbeys. The woods of Montalbano, some natural elements such as the monoliths of hard sandstone and important and original plant species remain in memory of the periods when Nature was the protagonist and imposed its laws on a man equipped with rudimentary technology. 

Distance: 19 km

Elevation gain: +826/-834 m

Day 4

From Bacchereto to Vinci, 14 km

From Bacchereto to Vinci, 14 km

The ridge of the mountain offers strips of forest of absolute naturalistic importance and offers rare panoramic views, open on the large basin of Florence and Pistoia, thus showing how man has managed and manages spaces in the use of natural resources. The southern side instead offers panoramas ranging from the Valdarno di Sotto, to Mount Serra, from the Apuan Alps to the Pistoia Apennines. Finally, the mills near the numerous streams that descend from the upper part of the mountain, are evidence of the use by man of hydraulic energy in the long period preceding the arrival of the steam (first) and the electricity in the countryside (after). Vinci and Leonardo's engineering genius constitute the emblem of this stage of the Medici Route.

Distance: 14 km

Elevation gain: +456/-620 m

Day 5

From Vinci to Fucecchio, 16.5 km

From Vinci to Fucecchio, 16.5 km

The fourth stage of the Medici Route, like the first, runs through a hilly, soft and winding landscape. Along the way there is the third Medici Villa of the entire Route, the Villa of Cerreto Guidi, a UNESCO heritage site, another fundamental stage of the Medici Route.

Distance: 16,5 km

Elevation gain: +310/-340 m

Day 6

Depart from Fucecchio

Depart from Fucecchio

Last day included. Tour ends after breakfast.


Is this for me?

A journey through the wonderful Tuscan countryside, perfect for those who want to walk in iconic and peaceful landscapes.

Being just slightly shorter than other trips, it can be a good choice for training - but keep in mind that Tuscany is a hilly land, and there are elevations: fairly trained legs are required, even to cover a number of kilometers exceeding 15 for several consecutive days.


What is included

  • 5 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B with breakfast
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary in digital form, app
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners.
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

When to travel

The  climate  in Tuscany  is  generally  very mild  with  differences  depending  on  the geography  of the  region,  from  coasts  and valleys to the continental areas.The warmest months are generally July and August,  with  temperatures  ranging  from 23°C up to 30°C; the valleys can often see higher  temperatures  and  38°C  to  40°  C  is not uncommon. While  June  and  September  offer  both  nice warm weather. Of course, there are always exceptions  or  dry  spells  that  cause  a  few days to get really hot.Spring    (April    and    May)    and    Autumn (October   and   November)   are   dry, with sunny  days  but  the  chances  of  rain  are high. The  weather  can  change  very  quickly  and you must be prepared forrain, mist, wind, fog   (and   even   hail   or   snow   at   higher elevations) –especially   in   spring and autumn. 

What to bring

Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive

The best arrival airport: 

From the airports you can take a train and then busses to reach Prato.

The day of the departure you can take a train from San Miniato/ Fucecchio Station to the airports.


Mobile App

Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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