Sentiero Naturalistico Poggio Citerna is a 1.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Figline e Incisa Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 km Elevation Gain: 89 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips




The hill of Citerna, which is part of the Monti del Chianti mountain range, has been inhabited since ancient times. In fact, on his ridge a well-known archaeologist, Alvaro Tracchi, discovered traces of an Etruscan-Roman settlement and also the ruins of a medieval female monastery that are still visible. Between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, those nuns most likey occupied an even older building, perhaps a Longobard defensive bulwark, given its geographical location and the discovery of a currency abraded from that historical period. Poggio alla Croce, on the other hand, has long been a simple crossroads of streets frequented since ancient times. And here on the pass a small country hospital has worked for centuries, reported to travelers by a cross that today stands out, in iron, on the hill of Citerna. A knoll that today appears almost completely covered with a forest of chestnut and oak trees, but at one time it was partly cultivated by stone terraces. The nature path that starts from here, from the square of the iris, provides information panels placed along the route, to educate on the naturalistic aspects of the trail, as well as the history of this small corner of Tuscany. It is located between the Upper Valdarno and the Florentine Chianti and between two cities of art - Florence and Arezzo. It is these two cities that we can see by climbing on the Citerna hill. This walk, suitable for everyone, together with a historical-environmental and landscape setting of great interest, offers vast panoramas of great beauty, accompanied by moments of true relaxation. Once you have reached the Crocina pass and climbed to the Citerna cross, the view extends from the Ema valley to the Florentine plain, where the dome of the Duomo stands out, and beyond. And even before reaching what remains of the medieval monastery now, open views to the upper Valdarno and Pratomagno and the city of Arezzo is discovered even further. In a short time you go back down to the village, closing the loop of about an hour without much difficulty, take with you the memory of a pleasant walk that will never cease to surprise.

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