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Monte Amiata

Monte Amiata is a beautiful mountain standing between the Val d’Orcia, the Valle del Paglia and the Valle del Fiora, between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto. It is the highest peak in Tuscany. Its origin is volcanic and its origins go back to many millions of years ago. There are traces of human presence since prehistoric times and evidences of it have been found in the discovery of a rock painting called “Pittura dell’Arciere” located 1738 meters high.

The villages and small towns located on the mountain are: Abbadia San Salvatore, Piancastagnaio, Arcidosso, Santa Fiora and Seggiano. The mountain is a triumph of beech, chestnut and fir woods and green meadows, where visitors can make beautiful hikes and nature walks.

Monte Amiata has a lush and unspoiled nature, and it is part of the Parco Faunistico dell’Amiata, a protected nature reserve built precisely to preserve these characteristics. The Amiata offers lovers of nature wonderful hiking opportunities with paths leading to places that seem enchanted and mysterious.

Here there also are excellent local products, such as chestnuts, which has always been an important resource of this area, recently awarded as a D.O.C. product. Amiata is naturally one of the most important holiday for skiing resorts. People loving snow and skiing sports will find a well equipped area for winter sports and for skiing in general. This area is always very busy, any time for different reasons.

The mild climate in summer, the snow in winter, the proximity to the major Tuscan art cities. There are many hotels and also many Bed & Breakfast offering genuine hospitality in charming places and atmospheres. Not to be missed are the small hotels, peculiar for their warm hospitality, especially during winter, perhaps near the ski slopes, where visitors can eat an excellent Italian meal after a day of intense exercise and sport.

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