For mountain lovers just 50 km away is Monte Amiata, an unusual and precious corner of Tuscany. Included in the provinces of Grosseto and Siena, it dominates 1,738 meters over the surrounding valleys (Val d’Orcia, Val di Paglia), the superb level of Maremma, the sweet and charming hills of Siena, and the largest volcanic lake in Europe Bolsena lake.
Monte Amiata is the ideal place for hiking, which is the best way to enjoy this enchanting world.
The warm heart of the mountain offers beneficial waters. The volcano sleeps soundly but in its veins flows sulfurous mountain water, which feed the thermal baths of San Filippo, and allow you to relax between hiking and taking in the scenery of Monte Amiata.
For winter sports enthusiasts Monte Amiata offers a gym set in the natural beech tree forest, the largest in Europe. The winter resort of Monte Amiata offers 10 km of downhill ski runs with 8 lifts and 10km of cross country ski trail (of which 5 km constantly maintained).
A product closely related to the territory is the cheese. Pecorino of Amiata is traditionally produced on the Grosseto side, while the Siena side has its point of reference in the scenic hills of Radicofani, where it produces an award-winning cheese and widely regarded as one of the best in Italy. The fans can not miss a “pilgrimage” to the legendary dairy farm of Contignano, where you can buy the cheese seasoned in tufa caves, under ash, or even under chestnut leaves.
In the Amiata tradition the chestnut has a fundamental role. Amiata and chestnut is inseparable: between 600 and 1,100 meters of altitude, the chestnut is the undisputed king, it becomes a pure spectacle in October when it is tinged with an intense shiny yellow.