Fall in Love with Mount Amiata
Posted by Virginie ( 14/08/2015)
Dominating the landscape of southern Tuscany, Mount Amiata is the second largest volcanic peak in Italy. It is home to a number of natural and man-made attractions making it the perfect spot for a day-trip or for a longer stay. Located about 50 miles south of Siena, Mount Amiata is easily accessible and had something for all types of holiday makers.
Nature loversAs well as offering excellent views across southern Tuscany, the old volcano is covered in trails, rivers, springs, rocky outcrops and more, making it a great place to go for a stroll or do some more serious hiking. Mount Amiata is also known for the quality of its chestnuts and mushrooms, so for those that prefer to experience nature through their tastebuds there are plenty of opportunities to do just that in local cafes and restaurants.
History fansMount Amiata’s history is strongly connected to mercury mining and the Parco Museo delle Miniere del Monte Amiata allows visitors a wonderful insight into the volcano’s mining past. On the mountain’s eastern slopes you will find the Benedictine Abbey of San Salvatore, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The surrounding town, Abbadia San Salvatore, which grew up around the abbey is considered to have one of the best preserved medieval town centres in Europe.
Sports enthusiastsAnyone looking for some healthy exercise and excitement will be in luck as Mount Amiata is a popular destination for a range of sports, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and caving. The volcano has over 15 miles of ski trails and slopes, and a stunning 17.5 mile long hiking trail known as the Ring of the Mountain that takes you around the entire mountain providing unrivalled views of the entire surrounding region.
Those in need of relaxationWhen you are worn out from all the other delights of Mount Amiata, or if you would rather just skip to some serious relaxation, you can head to one the mountain’s several natural thermal spas. You can choose from modern spa complexes offering a full range of beauty and relaxation procedures or simply head to one of the natural hot springs which are available to the public completely free of charge.
Mount Amiata is just one of the many beautiful natural wonders to be found in Tuscany. Our villas in Siena provide the perfect place to stay while you get to know this stunning and diverse region, and if you have any questions please feel free to email us and we will be happy to help.