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Tourist Travel Guide to Holidays in Tuscany

Mountains

Usually a soft hilly landscape is associated with the idea of Tuscany. This is just part of the truth.

This region consists of various different habitats.It is composed as follows:

70% of hills,

20% of mountains

10% of Plains.

The Tuscan-Emilian Apennines can reach 2000 meters in height. Here there are the Alps, but also places of rare beauty, as the valleys of Lunigiana, Garfagnana, Mugello, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana.

Further south, near Vallombrosa there is Pratomagno (1592 meters high) and in the south-west of Siena the Metalliferous Hills. Anyone looking for a place not far from the sea, can go to Mount Amiata (1738 meters). The Monte is surrounded by medieval villages and chestnut.

In the Chianti area (maximum height of about 600 meters) there are wide hills characterized for 50% of woods and scrub and cultivated for the remaining 50%.

To the south-west of Siena there are the Metalliferous Hills, dating to the first tertiary era (up to 1,000 meters high). They are full of sand and clay and have special features that create an important geomorphologic environment.

Further south the wooded hills enter in the Maremma Area, which continues along the coast: it was once marshy and unhealthy, and was reclaimed only around the middle of the XIX century.

The islands are, with the exception of Pianosa, mountainous and covered with scrub. The isle of Elba is particularly rich in minerals.

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