A new project to encourage locals and tourists to explore the city and its surrounding hills on foot has been was recently presented. ‘Firenze, the walking city' outlines footpaths covering almost 100 kilometres throughout Florence and surrounding areas. Routes lead to such places as piazzale Michelangelo, Cascine, the hill of Bellosguardo, the Medici villas, and the Ponte a Mensola and Settignano Parks.
‘This project is the result of the city council's wish to promote walking in the city (and the pedestrianisation of the city goes in this direction, as well). It is our idea is that sports are not only big events for spectators but are a healthy way of life for all. Florence is rich not only in artistic and architectonic treasures but also in green areas and paths, and this project was designed to help more people explore them,' said the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi.
For full details on the various paths, including length, height and travel time, as well as useful information on what to see and how to get there, see the website www.sportinforma.comune.fi.it/theWalkingCity
A free App with all the relevant information will be available soon. In the meantime the city is providing a preview of the App for 100 people, who want to test it: write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.