The municipality of Barberino di Mugello is situated 25km north of Florence in Tuscany, and is one of nine municipal districts in the Mugello Valley. With many castles and churches dotted around the unspoilt countryside, the town is an ideal destination for those seeking both a cultural sightseeing break and an outdoor adventure holiday. Accommodation in Barberino di Mugello comes in the form of traditional Tuscan farmhouses and luxury holiday apartments.
Many people head to Barberino di Mugello for see some of the finest and best preserved historical buildings in the region. These include the Villa Cafaggiolo, the 16th Century Villa of the Masks, and the 11th Century Abbey of Sanata Maria a Vigesimo, and there are many other castles, churches and historical buildings dotted around waiting to be discovered.
Lake Bilancino is a peaceful place to head, and sunbathing, reading and relaxing on its banks are popular activities for locals and tourist alike. Sailing, windsurfing and other water sports are also available for those who like to keep active. The lake is also the home of many of the town’s major events. Festivals and events are a big part of the local calendar, with a mix of music, art and cultural events to cater for all tastes, throughout the year. The nearest part of lake is situated just a few kilometres east of the town.
Those who decide to head out into the countryside will not be disappointed. Walking, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding are all great ways of exploring the area, which is a mix of lush greenery, dense forests, olive groves and pine groves – Tuscany at its very finest.
Located 17km east of Barberino di Mugello, The Mugello racing circuit is a unique draw to the region, and is the home of the Italian Moto GP every year - a must-see for fans of the sport. There are also many hamlets, towns and villages near Barberino di Mugello that are well worth a visit, including Borgo San Lorenzo (17km), which lies in the heart of the Sieve Valley.
The climate of Barberino di Mugello is characterised by long hot summers and mild winters. This means that there is no ‘bad’ time of the year to visit, and there is plenty to see and do whichever season you decide to visit in.
Peretola Airport (FLR) is located near Florence, meaning it is just 23km from Barberino di Mugello. Italian airline Meridiana offer the only direct flight from the UK (from London Gatwick), however. Alternatives are to fly to either Bologna Airport (BLQ) 60km away, or Pisa Airport (PSA) 120km away, which have many more direct flights from the UK.