Tuscany Experience – Carbonari Paths
Today I discovered the Carbonari Paths in San Miniato (PI), 15 mins far from Montaione. San Miniato is a fenced village and the “carbonari” paths are lanes get beside the walls used in the middle age to protect the village. Those paths were used to walk from a side of the village to the other one at the foot of the walls and in state of siege filled with coal (that’s why the name is “sentieri carbonari-coal paths”) to hamper enemies. They have been cleaned and they are really beautiful. There are some tables and benches where people can eat (I stopped to admire the panorama and ate a fruit). The path goes from Via IV Novembre to via Gargozzi offering 15 minutes of real charm.
The panorama on the countryside is simply stunning and also the view on the middle-age houses of San Miniato is a beautiful puzzle of balconies, arches and flowers. At this moment (December) the path is enriched by a gorgeous Christ’s nativity show. I ended my walk visiting the impressive Christ’s navity done by Mario Rossi also called Maglietta in the seminario premises, a hand made creche..simply stunning, not to be missed!!
carbonari paths, San Miniato