I had time for a ride, and originally thought I could fit in a couple of hours, but by the time I was on the road, that was obviously not correct. I picked up Viola from school today, which means I leave here by 3:45, and I wanted to eat and shower first. So, an hour plus ride worked fine. Yesterday when I was climbing Via Faentina, I thought I had not climbed to Fiesole from Pian de Mugnone for quite some time. Well, that is how I started my ride. I continued climbing above Fiesole, and turned off to go toward Vincigliata, but stayed on the road to Montebeni, then turned off to descend toward Settignano. There are a number of options on this descent, and I have developed a favorite, even though I don't ride this that often. The way I go has 3 very steep spots, I would guess 25% plus, but they are relatively short. The road is tiny, and although it is two way, it is a tight fit for a small car alone. Add it all up and you need to stay totally present and aware to stay safe and have fun.
I loved it. From where you hook back into the main road from Settignano to Firenze, it is just a crank on home. Definitely the warmest day in a while, with beautiful blue skies and excellent light. As we used to say in both Crested Butte and Telluride, just another day in paradise. So fun. 12.8 miles in 1:02 rolling time for an average speed of 12.3 mph with 1265 vertical feet of climbing at an average (sun effected) temperature of 53.
Cure, Pian de Mugnone, Fiesole, Montebeni, Settignano, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Another view from the same location a little more directly north.
This is the tiny road descending toward Firenze from Settignano.
Looking back up the road toward Settignano.
This little road is a blast, but you really
have to stay aware.