Mount Amiata

All year mountain activities in Mount Amiata

Mount Amiata
In the Mount Amiata area you can spend holidays plenty of sports, fun and nature. The area is a paradise for sport lovers and all those who want to explore this beautiful territory.

Although Mount Amiata is a dormant volcano, the territory still conserves a great amount of energy in its interior which gives a strong identity to the region and its inhabitants. 

Winter sport lovers will appreciate down-hill and cross-country skiing on the slopes of Mount Amiata, while hikers will head to the area during the autumn months to hunt for mushrooms and chestnuts. Spring is best when it comes to looking for raspberries and blueberries. Those who love water will enjoy a canoe ride along one of the area’s many waterways.
Mountain-climbers can enjoy the territory’s trails, known for their breathtaking views. Novice mountaineers are likely to appreciate the trails that wind along the cliffs of the Amiata. Trained cyclists won’t want to miss an incredible mountain-bike excursion or a climb to the mountain top.

Skilifts on Mount Amiata
When the white blanket of snow covers the mountain, skiers can choose among the 15 ski lifts, located in four locations on the mountain (Prato della Contessa, Prato delle Macinaie, Marsiliana, and the Cantore Refuge). These lifts serve over 25 km of ski trails and slopes, in addition to the resort's 12 km of cross-country ski trails. Ski instructors and ski schools are also available to beginners and children or those who want to brush up on their style. When snow is abundant, the trails that travel through the Amiata woods are a great pleasure. Snow-shoeing trails are also available.

Famous is the network of long and short footpaths in Mount Amiata. The most important excursion in this vast network is the 'Ring of the Mountain', a magnificent 28 km-long itinerary that travels around the volcano. The maximum duration of the itinerary is 12 hours and it takes you through the mountain towns and villages, like Abbadia San Salvatore, Vivo d'Orcia, Arcidosso, Piancastagnaio, and Santa Fiora. This footpath is well marked with signs. Other itineraries connect Santa Fiora, Piancastagnaio and the 'Ring of the Mountain' to Mount Civitella and Castell'Azzarra. These footpaths travel through the natural reserves of Pigelleto and Monte Penna. The 'chestnut footpaths' are noteworthy for the flora and fauna, as well as for the castle, villas and old farmhouses along the path.

Trekking lovers can combine these various itineraries over a period of a few days, or use the marked routes that connect the footpaths of Mount Amiata with interesting places in Maremma and the province of Siena. Along the marked routes in the province of Grosseto, you can go to Pitigliano, Saturnia, Scansano and the Argentario area. The routes in Siena travel to Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Chiusi and the city of Siena. The Florence-Siena-Roma footpath, inaugurated in 1996, connects 25 Tuscan cities to Rome, and crosses the forests of Mount Amiata and the fields of Mount Labbro. All of the marked itineraries can also be travelled on horseback with special guides. 

Many cycle routes (not all of them, however) can be travelled with mountain bikes. For the vast majority of the routes in Mount Amiata, however, it is recommended that cyclists use an all-terrain bicycle that can ride on both uphill and downhill asphalted and dirt roads. Also those who seek classic-style cycling tourism (on asphalted roads only) will find something interesting in Mount Amiata, and in northern Maremma and Val d'Orcia. The five routes that travel up the Amiata are recommended for expert cyclists.

Holiday homes with pool in Cinigiano (GR) near Mount Amiata

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Local culinary specialties - Tortelli Maremmani

Tortelli Maremmani, with their spinach and fresh ricotta filling, are best served with a wild boar or hare sauce

Tortelli Maremmani
Tortelli Maremmani are one of the most famous dishes from southern Tuscany and used to be eaten on all festive occasions in the countryside. With their fresh ricotta and spinach filling, they can be enjoyed simply with a butter and sage sauce although they are also delicious with a typical Maremma meat sauce made from wild boar or hare.

CAPOLIVERI on ELBA ISLAND - Sun, sea, beaches and scuba diving paradise

Naregno, Capoliveri, Elba Island
Capoliveri is situated in the southeast of the Island of Elba, on a ridge of Mount Calamita, 167 meters above sea level. Mount Calamita is 413 meters high and is situated in the south-eastern part of the island. The great presence of magnetite in the area has contributed to the popular stories of shipwrecks along the coast. According to island lore, the minerals attracted the metal parts of ships, making them fatally crash against the cliffs of Punta Calamita. It is true, however, that in this area the compass needle is incredibly erratic.

The wild boar driven hunt in Tuscany

Tuscany is the region with the largest wild boar population in Europe. The species are currently estimated at 200.000 and the Italian government wants to reduce that number to 50.000. Each autumn and winter, across the woods and hills of Tuscany, wild boar driven hunting season is open for about 3 months, but still it’s not enough to keep the wild boar population under control.