If you are in Val d’Orcia, you can not help but notice the great mountain that dominates the whole valley: Mount Amiata. A great and beautiful mountain, a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano, a magical territory to discover. Mount Amiata is located between the Val d’Orcia and the Maremma and is the ideal place for many activities. Here you can hike on the many trails, ski in the winter, visit mountain villages and castles and of course enjoy some tasting experiences.
Climbing Mount Amiata is a truly evocative experience in all seasons of the year, both in summer to find refreshment from the heat between the beech woods and in winter for lovers of sports and the winter atmosphere.
In order to draw you into the atmosphere of Mount Amiata we propose you the words that Pope Pius II dedicated to this magical place in 1500:
« A great quantity of limpid water flows from the mountains to such delightful places that nymphs and fauns have never found themselves more beautiful, and these waters form streams that make the earth always fresh and fruitful and such that no other mountain can be compared; and I judge it in the delights, in the goodness of the waters and the air, not inferior to those of Greece, which the ancient poets deified in their songs. There there is no summer but only the most laughing spring; there the bird’s songs are sweeter, and the flower has more vivid color, and more tenacious perfume. »
Water is perhaps the primary element that defines the character of this territory. Here the water manifests itself in the springs and streams, in the snow that covers the summit of the mountain in winter and in the hot water of the hot springs of nearby towns such as Bagni San Filippo or Bagno Vignoni.
What to do on Mount Amiata
Monte Amiata is a paradise for nature lovers. A corner of unspoiled nature where you can make wonderful excursions on foot, horseback or mountain bike along a network of trails through chestnut and beech woods. Here it is also possible to see wild animals living in freedom such as deer, fallow deer, roe deer, mouflons (wild sheep) and even the wolf of the Apennines.
Mount Amiata also boasts the largest beech forest in Europe, the ideal place for a relaxing walk in contact with nature.
Besides the naturalistic beauties you can visit characteristic mountain villages, abbeys and castles. We suggest you visit the villages of Arcidosso, Piancastagnaio and Montelaterone. These picturesque mountain villages have developed around imposing fortresses. Needless to say, from here you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
In Abbadia San Salvatore, another splendid mountain village, you can visit a wonderful Roman-Lombard abbey, on the slopes of Mount Amiata. Near Montalcino, instead you can visit the Abbey of Sant’Antimo.
In addition, Mount Amiata offers fun and services for winter sports lovers. The Mount Amiata ski area has 8 ski lifts and 10 km of slopes for ski and snowboard lovers. A small area, ideal for spending a weekend with friends.
In addition, Mount Amiata has a fertile land that for centuries has nourished its inhabitants who have cultivated it with passion and care. The typical products of this land are the mushrooms, chestnuts and olives of Seggiano, all protagonists of food festivals not to be missed.