This route is a circular route which goes around the ‘Monte Pisano’ hills. The route heads outside the city to reach the road running along the base of the hill range. It then leaves this road once in the province of Lucca, starting up the North side foothills and then ascending to Sant’Andrea di Compito, winding past streams and the area famous for its camellias.
The route then enters the province of Pisa again in the village of Buti, from which we reach Vicopisano via a brief but steep ascent. Vicopisano is famous for its characteristic ‘Rocca del Brunelleschi’.
The route then continues to hug the base of the mountain and then returns to Pisa via the Medici Aqueduct.
An alternative to this last section includes the ascent to Monte Serra from Buti, which is a 10km climb with a maximum gradient of 15% in the central section. The descent comes down on the Val Graziosa side through the town of Calci, coming back to Pisa via the Medici Aqueduct.