There’s no more nostalgic walk in Pontassieve than from via Palagi to Pievecchia. On June 8, 1944, the hushed hamlet of Pievecchia would never be the same again. It all began in via Palagi in Pontassieve, where a group of partisans burst into the military police barracks; their purpose was to seize arms. The freedom fighters started back to their base camp at Monte Giovi, passing by Pievecchia, chancing upon two Germans playing cards. The ensuing gunfight killed one of the German soldiers, while the other escaped, raising the alarm. An antiaircraft battalion immediately bombed Pievecchia to prevent the locals from fleeing to safety. A fascist contingent quickly drove up to the village to finish the bloody task. Today, the walk from Pontassieve to Pievecchia is a far cry from those distant horrors.