The Passo della Sambuca (not the liquor!) Is one of the most loved passes by Italian motorcyclists of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines close to the Mugello Valley.
The Mugello valley, immersed in the most classic landscape that the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine mountains can offer, always offers wonderful roads to travel on by motorbike. In the surroundings there are countless variations and passes to discover such as the Sambuca Pass.
|Altitude (meters above sea level)||1.061|
|connection||Fiesole - Mugello Circuit|
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|Road conditions and notes||Very good condition|
Motorcyclists appreciate this strip of land for the presence of beautiful roads with soft curves and ups and downs that take us through the villages medieval and uncontaminated woods. From the silence of nature to the roar of the engines it is a moment, with the obligatory visit to the Mugello circuit, the international symbol of motorcycle sport.
Our itinerario begins in Fiesole, at the gates of Firenze to then reach Borgo San Lorenzo, Palazzuolo sul Senio, do not miss the Passo della Sambuca, Firenzuola, Scarperia up to the temple of motorcycling: the Mugello circuit.
From Fiesole we take the "Faentina", the SS302, to head towards Pian di Mugnone, Caldine, Polcanto with a necessary stop for a visit to the Scalandrone villa. We continue towards Faltona, which welcomes us with its homonymous castle. After Razzuolo we turn left to continue on the Alpe di Casaglia provincial road to climb the 1061 meters of the Sambuca pass. After Prato all'bero await a succession of hairpin bends that seem to have been carved out of the rock from which you can see the imposing iron cross of the Sambuca pass.
Once you reach the pass you can admire the Senio valley in all its beauty. From the pass we head towards the provincial 610 towards San Pellegrino until we reach the Mugello circuit.
Mugello and the history of the road circuit
Even before the construction of the current Mugello International Circuit, the "Mugello Grand Prix" took place on the Mugello Road Circuit. This car competition, organized by the Florence Automobile Club, ran from 1914 to 1970.
It was a circuit between the roads of the various municipalities of Mugello. The roads used for this route were mostly mule tracks and full of holes. Until that moment it was only traveled by mules and a few peasants. It extended 66 km long and started from San Piero a Sieve (while in the last 5 editions it started from Scarperia). Then it continued through the Giogo Pass, descended to Firenzuola until it reached the via Bolognese in the locality of La Casetta. Here began the climb that led to the Futa Pass and from there it passed by Villa Le Maschere and Villa di Cafaggiolo until returning to San Piero a Sieve.