Mount Amiata

Mount Amiata

The great volcano of Tuscany

Monte Amiata is an ancient extinct volcano located in southern Tuscany on the border between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto. With its height of 1738 the Amiata dominates the Val d’Orcia, the Sienese hills, the Maremma and Lake Bolsena. Covered with vegetation to the top, this giant is a real naturalistic paradise that attracts visitors all year round.

Winter tourism is mainly linked to skiing. On Monte Amiata there are ski lifts with 12 alpine ski slopes, 4 cross-country ski runs and 1 snow park. In summer, on the other hand, it becomes the destination for tearing away from the heat of the cities and offers infinite possibilities for trekking along its paths and making excursions of all kinds, even by bicycle or horse.

On Monte Amiata there are several panoramic observation points, three refuges and some large meadows where you can relax during an excursion. Among these, the main ones are Prato della Contessa and Prato delle Macinaie, near which is the Adventure Park, an unmissable stop on a summer holiday with children. Once on the summit of Monte Amiata you can admire the large 22 meters high metal cross, while another point of interest is the so-called Sasso di Dante which is located not far from Abbadia di San Salvatore.

As if that were not enough, Monte Amiata is not only nature, excursions and sports. This is an area characterized by the presence of some remarkable medieval hamlets such as Abbadia San Salvatore, where the famous abbey which gives its name to the town is located, Arcidosso, Castell’Azzara, Castel del Piano, Piancastagnaio, Santa Fiora, with its romantic fishpond, and Seggiano. All these villages are valid holiday resorts that offer a beautiful combination of history, art and traditions, all surrounded by the beautiful nature of Monte Amiata.