The regional trains to Borgo San Lorenzo depart generally from platform 17, at the very end of Santa Maria Novella train station. Pay attention to take the train to Faenza and not the train passing by Pontassieve, because the trip is longer.
Right after leaving the train station look out to spot the Brunelleschi’s Cupola out of your window and, then relax for the rest of the trip — about 40 minutes to reach Borgo San Lorenzo. When in Borgo San Lorenzo walk to Piazza Garibaldi, a good starting point to explore the town of the Mugello that has been recently entitled “city of ceramics”.
Enter the Romanesque Church of San Lorenzo, founded in 941: inside you admire a beautiful Madonna with child, attributed to Giotto and the frescoes by Galileo Chini in the apse. By Dino Chini, another artistic member of the famous Chini family that kind of invented the Italian Liberty style, are the decorations inside the Palazzo del Podestà; this palazzo was built in the Middle Ages and was the siege of local government, as testified by the many and different coat of arms on its facade.
Dino Chini restored also the Clock Tower, the landmark of Borgo San Lorenzo, that was originally built in 1351. You’re now in Corso Matteotti, the main street of the city where you find shops and cafèterias. At the corner of the Clock tower take Via San Martino to see part of the original medieval walls of the city. At the end of the street, you reach the 14th century Porta Fiorentina, that was the main gate to the city from and to Florence.
After you’ve visited the city center walk to Villa Pecori Giraldi, that hosts the Chini Manufacture Museum; the museum recounts the history of the Chini family and its manufacture of ceramics, stoneware and glasware. The most important figure was Galileo Chini (1873-1956), relevant artist of the Italian Art Nouveau style, who worked not just in Florence and surroundings, but was called by the king of Siam to paint the throne hall of the Royal Palace.
Don’t miss the statue of Fido in Piazza Dante next to the Town Hall, also known as the Italian Hachiko and celebrating a story of loyalty and love between Fido the dog and his owner, dead in a bomb attack in WWII.