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The Arno River is among the first Italian rivers in order of length, as it stretches for 241 kilometers from its source on the southern slope of Mount Falterona, in the tosco-romangolo Apennines, to its mouth in the Ligurian Sea.

rovezzano-per-sitoOn its way through the Tuscan landscape, the river passes through a lot of artistic sites of considerable importance, located between the provinces of Arezzo, Pisa and Florence. To enhance the geographical and landscape value of the river route, the Tuscany Region in 2012 approved a project for the realization of a bike path that coasts the river for its entire length, through the construction and the connection between the different sections of already existing bike paths.

As often happens to the natural course of a river, the path is mostly downhill, starting at a height of 468 meters at the source, up to height zero at the estuary, which takes place on the Tyrrhenian Sea at Marina di Pisa. The bike path that results would be therefore also suitable for families and children  of all ages, since it does not have detectable differences in height level. The route then crosses the Casentino, the plain of Arezzo, the upper, middle and lower Valdarno and finally, the plain of Pisa, making the ride a potential fabulous experience.

As for the city of Florence, the bike path is present in the municipal area almost all along the route of the river, switching between the left and the right bank of the Arno. The first part of the cycle path starts on the right bank at the height of the St. Andrew church of Rovezzano and the high-speed railway bridge, all the way up to the Obihall theater and on, until one block away from the national library. Also from the city area of "Nave a Rovezzano", located in the southern part of Florence, exactly from Via di Villamagna, begins a bike path that ends at the Ponte alle Grazie bridge; this side of the path winds through the Albereta park, giving a bike ride surrounded by the city's green areas.

The riverbank of the Florentine center is almost fully covered by bike lanes, except for a few stretches where, with some cleverness, you can however find a strategy to continue your path. The piece that goes from Ponte alle Grazie until Ponte Vecchio and finally to the Santa Trinita bridge, is not crossed by any bike path and the road is traveled by many tourists and cars, while the sidewalks are relatively narrow and disconnected. The tactic to be followed in this case, given that the length of this part of the bike path is not so long (700 meters), is to choose the side on the left of the Arno, that despite having an less beautiful view on the city, definetely allows a less busy ride. When you arrive at the Santa Trinita Bridge, you can proceed to cross the river on its right bank, to continue the bicycle asphalted path, which will end smoothly in Piazzale Vittorio Veneto.

At this point the cycle path stretches through more than eleven kilometers, including the four kilometers in extension of the wonderful park of the Cascine, meeting the point of intake of the Mugnone creek, into the river Arno, at the height of the Indiano Bridge. After passing under the highway bridge, the bike path runs out of the Florentine municipal area, and ends in the Park of the Renai, a natural oasis that offers within its boundries, a natural lake and a bathing area, located in the municipality of Signa.

Today the Arno cycle path remains a big project in the pipeline, for which, however, the objective data give us a reasonable chance of hope for the future. The approval by the Tuscany Region of the bike path project proposed in 2012 by the FIAB (Italian Federation of Friends of the Bicycle) has started, although slowly, by the allocation of funds for the construction of various stretches of the river bike path. Currently the municipalities are working on the technical guidelines related to signs, symbols, quality and safety levels necessary to homogenize the interventions that will take place throughout the territory; besides this, the authorities involved, are committed to support the future costs of maintenance and to develop activities to enhance and promote tourism in the new formed bicycle pathway.

Published: 13/4/2016

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