Catureglio is a focal point on the network of ancient
footpaths - 'strada vicinale', 'neighbourhood
roads' - which for centuries were the only way of
traversing the hills between hamlets and town, on
foot with mules carrying loads, until the arrival
of the 'tarmac road' in the 1960's.
They are still kept clear and used in the cultivation
of the hill-sides and are the best way to experience
the countryside and gain an understanding of a way
of life unchanged for centuries.
For those wanting more of a challenge, the many
magnificent ranges of the Alpe Apuane, with their
walking routes clearly demarked by the Club Alpino
Italiano [CAI], are in reach, by car, for a morning
or day out.
There is a wide range of skiing areas open throughout
the winter at Abetone, which is an hours drive away.
A day out at the sea on the Versillian coast, either under traditional Italian umbrellas at Viareggio or Forte di Marmi or on the broad Pisan beach of Marina di Vecchiana