From the windmill (molino de vento), you descend through many beautiful vineyards, and the leaves were changing everywhere. Before the descent, I looked across the valley at some of the taller peaks / ridges, and a small amount of snow had fallen overnight. Beautiful. You descend to Ruffina, and then take a really great, almost perfect climb to Diacetto. From the description, you can tell it is one of my favorite climbs - around 400 meters vertical, and never more than 10%, with little to no traffic in around 10 kilometers. Just right. From Diacetto, I like to descend into Pelago, then cut across to the main road back to Pontesieve, then ride by the Arno back into Firenze. Click the link for all the information, but a quick summary is: 43.5 miles, 4400 vertical feet, rolling time of 3:45, average speed of 11.6. Ciao.
Chilly fall ride - L'Olmo, Doccia, Ruffina, Diacetto, Pelago, Pontesieve by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Looking over the top of hill toward Santa Brigida.
A view of the vineyards and countryside from the ridge just past Fornello.
Yes, that is a snow line I would guess around 2500 vertical above Firenze.
These vineyards at the top of the climb before Diacetto were spectacular.
More vineyards with leaves changing, and the villa in the background.