A stop rich in history


Avaglio is the ideal place to stop for a break as you ascend to discover the Marliana area. A small rural village at 750 m above sea level that was destroyed in the first half of the 14th century, and recovered many years later. A destination especially in the summer months, thanks to the catering and tourist reception activities present, more than one trail passes through Avaglio: the stone trail, the road bike trail. And last but not least, the bread trail.


The rural core of Avaglio faces the Nievole Valley and was a small medieval fortress. However, the castle and the entire core was destroyed and set on fire in the 1300s, during Castruccio Castracani’s last offensives, and suffered irreparable damage. So much so that the tower bell was looted and taken to the bell tower of Vellano (Pescia) as spoils of war. Thus it was that the inhabitants of Avaglio were forced to move to Marliana. Many years passed before Avaglio was inhabited again.

What to see

The church of St. Michael the Archangel dates back to the early 14th century. But like the entire built-up area of Avaglio, it was destroyed and rebuilt in the early 19th century. Today, in fact, it has a 19th-century appearance. Inside the church one can admire the splendid ancient organ made by the fine Agati – Tronci firm. In front of the ancient oratory there is a fascinating stone millstone. Not far from Avaglio, following the stone path or the road bike path, one comes to Panicagliora: a small hamlet nestled among chestnut woods. Here there are restaurant activities and the Oratory of St. Peter. From Panicagliora, a path leads to the ancient Pieve di S. Andrea di Furfalo.