After San Martino I descended to busy SS206 but escaped before long onto another country road,
Via della Valle Benedetta. This was a pretty steep climb with the sun beating down. It winds up through Colognole to Valle Benedetta. While I was climbing I'd seen an enormous white geodesic radome on the mountaintop and found the access road here, Via del Radar. This was a kilometer averaging 10% gradient up to a chain link fence topped with concertina wire. The radome was hidden by the trees, so I descended.
Now I switchbacked down to Limoncino and into Salviano on the periphery of Livorno. I wandered through town generally heading north and eventually reached Stagno and the road home. I'd had a taste of this delicious countryside and knew I had to return.
|Aquedotto Leopoldini, built in 1800|
|Stone and brick arches|
|Parrana San Martino|
|Steep Via del Radar above Valle Benedetta|
|Hazy view of Mar Tirreno, Livorno|