Routes around Monte Amiata

At your disposal a map with the most interesting Monte Amiata routes.

Nine tours by car, by motorcycle or e-bike (for the most trained also muscle bikes), between 50 and 150 kilometers, which certainly cover the whole territory.

1) Monks and Bandits

This tour will allow you to visit Abbadia San Salvatore (the biggest village in Monte Amiata) that has ancient traditions linked to the Longobardic Abbey. The village was marked by the mining settlement, closed in 1976, now a museum, which has been the centre of the Amiata development, representing the second larger producer in the world. It continues to the small Bagn San Filippo thermal station, thermal water with exceptional qualities. Two options: a natural path with free bathing or spa resort. Last stop: Radicofani, village of Aldobrandesche’s origins, linked to the bandit Ghino di Tacco, quoted by Dante and Boccaccio for his extravagance.

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(The White Wale in San Filippo)

2) Lords and Preachers

Articulated journey between the knowledge of the Conti Aldobrandeschi Family and Sforza Family of Santa Fiora till 1624. Worth to see the Della Robbia ceramics and the fishpond where also Pope Pio II Piccolomini rested. The Monte Labbro natural park offers different excursion types: those naturalistic through tours where you can see animals that live in freedom; those linked to the prophet David Lazzaretti, precursor of real socialism (a free church in a free state); those spiritual, with Tibetan Centre Merigard, refreshment point also for the Dalai Lama. Last but not least the village of Arcidosso, also linked to the Aldobrandeschi Family; wonderful uphill walk to the castle.

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(Ceramic works by Della Robbia, Santa Fiora)

3) The Val d’Orcia Charm

The route that articulates trough the southern part of the Val d’Orcia, maybe the most beautiful from a naturalistic point of view.

Along the way tha lead to Chianciano Terme, you can start your tour with the visit to theTenuta Origo garden, realised from 1910. It’s an italian garden that faces the Val d’Orcia and the Amiata; continue trough the white road near the villa to reach Castiglioncello on the Trinoro, a magic place with a breathtaking landscape. End the route with a relaxing bath in thermal water at 40 degrees of Fonteverde spa resort of San Casciano dei Bagni.

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(Val d’Orcia scenery)

4) Reinassance in Tuscany

Food and wine trail, between Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana. Reach Montepulciano, village of etruscan origin, where Renaissance an Middle Ages mingle, tasting the magic film atmosphere with a glass of Nobile wine. Continue to Pienza, World Heritage Site since 1996, city of Pope Pio II Piccolomini. Before Pive di Corsignano, Pio II rebuilds it like an ideal place and change his name to Pienza in his honor, an example of renaissance architecture. Coming out of Pienza towards Amiata, you reach the fascinating Castle of Spedaletto and the Cecche oak, a monumental tree that has an estimated age of 400 years and a diameter of 4,5 meters.

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(Pienza)

5) Artists and wine

Food and Wine trail between artworks. It starts from Seggiano, a minor village where is located a contemporary art park with a great number of famous artworks. Continue through Monte Amiata Station, you cross the Orcia river and go through the stunning Velona castle, and then reachSant’Antimo and the Abey. Monastic comlex premonstratensian, is one of the most important of the tuscan romanesque. Crossing the Brunello vineyards, you reach Montalcino, with his medieval fortress and his wine bars.

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(Montalcino’s Castle)

6) The Tuscan Volcano

Naturalistic trail on Monte Amiata. On the top is erected since 1910 a monumental iron cross by the will of Pope Leone XIII. Exceptional panoramic viewpoint, thanks to the territory morphology you could look around at 360°. You will recongnize Siena, Argentario, Elba and the Gran Sasso. Going down to Piancastagnaio you will see the Aldobrandesca fortress. Then you can visit the Pigelleto natural reserve, with a silver fir wood and the Siele mine. In conclusion, Castell’Azzara, linked to the Aldobrandeschi family and an ancient mining centre and the fantastic Sasso Colato cave with dripstone.

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(Monte Amiata’s cross)

7) Scents of Tuscany

Food and Wine walking path on Monte Amiata. In the Grosseto side that faces the Maremma, you can find Roccalbegna, a medieval village  along the valley of river Albegna, located at the footof two towering cliff faces. Along the trail you can visit different farms of tipical products. In conclusion, the small village of Cana, which was an Aldobranesco castle, conquered by Tolomei.

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(San Pietro church, Roccalbegna)

8) The Family of Aldobrandeschi

Food and Wine walking path on Monte Amiata. Castel del Piano is a medieval village linked to the Aldobrandeschi Family, with a small-size build-up area. Coming out, towards Grosseto, you could visit Pieve Lamula, a gotic church connected with the Templari. The village of Montelaterone preserves his ancient medieval structure. Get lost inside the wineries and oil mills in Montegiovi and Montenero, with an extraordinary view.

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(Montelaterone)

9) The Etruscans

Undoubtedly, the etruscans have marked in a fundamental way the history of this part of Tuscany. The Monte Amiata was their Holy Mountain. For this reason, to the south there are some of their most important centres: Sorano and Pitigliano with historical villages of extreme importance; the “vie cave”, trails that have been excavated through the Tufo, extremely fascinating. Of great relevance the Sovana Cathedral: one of the most important roman-gothic buildings in Tuscany. In coclusion, a bath in Saturnia’s thermal waters, in the Mulinaccio outdoor waterfalls or in the spa resort of Saturnia.

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(Sovana Cathedral)

Several experiences to live!

Along the paths you have agreat number of experiences to live.

Book them online in completely safety on www.bookingamiata.com.

Here some ideas:

  • Adventure park
  • E-Bike rental
  • Visit the botanical garden
  • Entry to the Mining Museum
  • Visit to the oil mill
  • Wellness
  • Wine-tasting and local products
  • and much more…

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