A nice family walk from the Villa: the Sequoia of Suganella
Villa Casavecchia is located in the rural area of San Casciano Val di Pesa, heart of Chianti of Florence. It is located on a road called Via degli Scopeti, that links San Casciano to Sant’Andrea in Percussina, formerly known as the isolated village where the famous writer (Niccolo’ Machiavelli) was sent to exile for several years.
The area is surrounded by european oak woods, vineyards and olive groves, and offers interesting paths to walk through, passing by beautiful panoramas and views.
Picking up one of the nicest family walks that can be done by starting from the villa, we suggest seeking the only existing “sequoia” of the area, in the woods of the Suganella, a few miles from the Villa Casavecchia.
Starting your walk from the villa on Via degli Scopeti for 500mt: before arriving in Sant’Andrea in Percussina, turn left into Via di Faltignano and walk for other 500mt. On your left you will find a narrow white road with an arrow to “Sequoia”, that seems to go back, but indeed it will lead you to the Suganella wood, where, at 200mt height, you will find the Sequoia tree. Although it’s not even 5 km,it’s a nice walk to the wood, and very easy from the villa.
Coming back, or going, you may want to stop by and take a look at some historical points of interest:
Sant’Andrea in Percussina [link wikipedia], a tiny little village made by not more than 30 houses from both sides of the road, now famous for the restaurant Villa Machiavelli – Albergaccio, which is also one of our recommendations for dining in the area: the cosy group of houses is now also welcoming tourists in the borgo, and it is known in Italian literature to have been home to Niccolo’ Machiavelli, the author of the worldwide famous book “Il principe – The prince”, a novel about how cynical one should get in politics, at the times of florentinian renaissance.Walking towards Faltignano, you will find the Church of San Bartolomeo, from the XII century, [invio la foto]: even though it is usually closed , it is possible to immediately notice the romanic facade of the church from the outside, including the enchanting colours of the old original stones and the restoration of the XVIII century church where they managed to re-use all the original materials.