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Anello delle colline Lorenzana-Orciano Pisano

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Brun066 wrote a review Oct 2018
Florence, Italy9,983 contributions1,026 helpful votes
Those that normally go under the name of "Colline Pisane" (Pisan hills) lie south of Pisa almost up to the city of Volterra and, on the east, up to the watershed between the valleys of Era and Elsa rivers. This path concerns a rather bare area, which therefore strongly contrasts with other areas of the Pisan hills, luxuriant both of woods and of cultivated trees. The appearance of the areas crossed along this route recalls instead the surroundings of Volterra; or even the areas - much better known to travelers - of the so-called "Crete Senesi" and of Val d'Orcia, in the nearby province of Siena: rare farmhouses, which dominate a landscape of bare hills cultivated mainly with cereals: the hills are white (for the clay soil) at the time of plowing, green in spring, yellow at the time of harvest. The route run largely on the ridges of the hills, so it's very scenic. It forms a ring, starting from and arriving in Lorenzana; but since it's challenging (about 20 kms, walkable in about 5 hours) you can decide to follow it "one way": that is to leave from Lorenzana only up to the Orciano Pisano village (this is the solution we have chosen). In this way the journey is reduced to less than half (8 Kms), but of course you need two cars: one at the beginning and one at the end of the path. The route is not marked on the ground. However it isn't difficult to follow it, since a fairly precise description is available on the web (website ammappaitalia.it). The description is in Italian, but obviously an automatic translator can be applied to it. Precisely because of the landscape for long stretches without trees, the route isn't advisable in summer or anyway on hot days. In the intermediate seasons, but also in the middle of winter, it is instead pleasant; as long as the day is obviously not rainy or windy.
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