We provide a map with the most interesting Monte Amiata itineraries.
Nine tours to do by car, motorbike or ebike (for those who are more fit, even muscular bikes), between 50 and 150 km, which cover the whole territory.
Monk And Bandits
This route takes in the village of Abbadia San Salvatore, the largest inhabited centre of Monte Amiata. Abbadia is stepped by myriad traditions linked to the Lombard Abbey, and more recently marked deeply even today by the presence of the mercury mines, closed in 1976, which, representing the second largest mercury producer in the world, played a major role in the development of the entire territory. From Abbadia the route continues towards the natural thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo, whose waters are of exceptional quality. There are two possibilities to choose from: the natural path with freebathing in the forest, or the thermal spa poo. The last stop on this itinerary is Radicofani, the village from which sprang the origins of the Aldobrandeschi family connected to the bandit Ghino di Taacco, quoted by Dante and Boccaccio for his extravagances.
Lords and Leaders
This is a path created from between the knowledge of the Conti Aldobrandeschi and the Sforza of Santa Fiora until 1624. Here you will see the Robbiane pottery and the giant fish pond where Pope Pius II Piccolomini stayed. The Nature Park of Monte Labbro offers various excursion possibilities: nature trials with observation points to see the animals that live here; trials that follow all things related to the prophet David Lazzaretti, the forerunner of real socialism (the free church in a free state); the spiritualpaths that take in the Tibetan centre of Buddhism, Merigar, a place of peace that the Dalai Laima visits. In this itinerary we’ll visit the village of Arcidosso, also linked to the Aldobrandeschi, including a climb up to the castle at the top of the town.
The Fashion of Val D’Orcia
Follow the fashion trail through the southern part of the Val D’Orcia, one of the most renowned and beautiful valleys in the world. The tour opens along the road leading to Chianciano Terme, where you begin with a visit to the garden of the Tenuta Origo, built in 1910. It is an Italian garden that faces the panoramic view of the Val D’Orcia and Monte Amiata. From Here we continue on through the unsealed road adjacent to the villa to reach Castiglioncello sul Trinoro, an enchanting location with a breathtaking view. Homes in the medieval village itself today have become the hotel. End your excursion with arelaxing dip in the 40°C thermal waters of Fonteverde San Casciano dei Bagni.
The Renaissance in Tuscany
Follow the gourmet food route between Val D’Orcia and Val Di Chiana. Arriving at Montepulciano, a village of Etruscan origins where the Renaissance and Middle Ages blend, begin your tasting adventure in the location of a number films with a glass of Nobile wine. Continue towards Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, to town of Pius II Piccolomini. Already called Pieve di Corsignano, Pius II reconstructured the town as the ideal location and changed its name to Pienza, in his own honour, and the town is a prime an example of Renaissance architecture. Exiting Pienza in the direction of Amiata you reachthe fascinating Castello di Spedaletto and the Oak of Cecche, a monumental tree that is more than 400 years old with a diameter of 4.5 meters.
Artists And Wine
The gastronomic path between wine and works of art begins in Seggiano, one of the smaller of the Monte Amiata villages, where there is an art park of contemporary sculpture boasting a cornucopia of works by famous artists. Heading towards Stazione Monte Amiata, you’ll cross the Orcia river and head towards the charming castle of Velona, before reaching Sant’Antimo and its Abbey. The Norbertine monastery complex is one of the most important architectural delights from the Tuscan-Romanic period. Passing through the Brunello vineyards, you will reach the village of Montalcino with its many wine cellars and its grand medieval fortress.
The Volcano Tuscany
In this itinerary you’ll discover the nature trails on Mount Amiata. On the summit stands a monumental iron cross commissioned by Pope Leone XIII, erected in 1910. Thanks to the morphology of the territory, there is an exceptional 360° panoramic view. From the top the vista includes Siena, Monte Argentario, the island of Elba and Gran Sasso. Heading down the mountain to Piancastagnaio, discover the Aldobrandesca fortless followed by a visit to the Pigelleto nature reserve and its white spruce forests and the Siele Mine. Last but not least. You’ll discover Castell’Azzara- also linked to the Aldobrandeschi family- and the old mining centre as well as the spectacular Sasso Colato cave and its remarkable stalagmites.
The Tuscan Fragrances
The Enogastronomic Route begins at the foot of Mount Amiata . On the Grosseto side, facing the Maremma, lies Roccalbegna, a medieval village in the valley of the river Albegna at the foot of two fortified ruins. Along the way, you can visit various businesses offering typical products. Finally, you can explore the small village of Cana, which was an Aldobrandesco castle conquered by the Tolomei family.
Arcidosso is a medieval village linked to the family of the counts of Aldobrandeschi with an historical centre of modest dimensions. Heading in the direction of Grosseto, you will be able to visit the Gothic church of Lamula and La Pieve connected to the Templars. The village of Montelaterone to this day preserves its ancient medieval structure and is well worth exploring. Finally the wine cellars and olive oil mills situated in the medieval villages of Montegiovi and Montenero offer splendid views and exceptional wine and olive oil tasting.
The Etruscans are the famous ancient founders of the history of this part of Tuscany, and Monte Amiatawas their Sacred Mountain. To the South we find some of their most important centers. Sorano and Pitiglianoare the major historic towns of importance. The Vie Cave, or “cave paths”, are the ancient roads that were dug into the tufa, and are absolutely fascinating. Of great significance is the Duomo di Sovana, one of the most important RomanGothic buildings in Tuscany. The itinerary end with a well-earned dip in the hot springs of the Terme di Saturnia, either outdoors in the natural Mulinaccio cascades, or indoors at the Saturnia Spa Centre.