Monte Amiata

Monte Amiata, Tuscany: Address, Phone Number, Monte Amiata Reviews: 4.5/5

Monte Amiata
4.5
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Elena C
Zurich, Switzerland120 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
The Monte Amiata is a mountain between Grosseto and Siena, about 1700 m high. It is a very good place for hiking in summer, with numerous paths through woods. Once you reach the top you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes which are unique and characteristic of the region Toscana. Beautiful are the woods of chestnuts (private properties) and beeches - when altitude increases progressively you will only find beeches, which create a wonderful landscape.
From M. Amiata you can visit lots of beautiful areas nearby, including small towns on the slope of the mountain, like Castel del Piano, Arcidosso, S. Fiora, Abbadia S. Salvatore but also Vivo d'Orcia, 20 min far from it, which offer a beautiful waterfall. Of course if you are more interested in cities rather than in nature, Siena and Grosseto are reachable in an hour, whereas in two hours you are in Florence or Pisa. Very peculiar are also the towns Montalcino (famous for the wine worldwide), Pienza and Montepulciano, which deserve a visit.
Moreover, M. Amiata is covered with snow in winter, therefore there is also the opportunity to ski in really nice tracks in which you can find different degrees of difficulty.
Written November 5, 2014
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Alethea16
Maryland318 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
We had a beautiful day driving up the mountain to reach Mount Amiata cross. The forest is pretty and relaxing. The roads are well maintained and we saw many cars parked along the way as people hiked the hills looking for porcini mushrooms. The forest is full of chestnut trees and we could actually hear them falling off the trees. We stopped on the side of the road and picked chestnuts. The mountain attraction is popular in the winter during skiing season. We hiked up to reach the cross and there was a beautiful view of mountains and the clouds. The locals were opening the vending stores where snacks and souveniers are available for purchase. There is also a statue of a madona a little passed the cross that will require some minor rock climbing but sure why not?! Nice relaxing day, beautiful drive during the fall season.
Written November 11, 2012
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castillobjoneberg
Jönköping, Sweden41 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
We were at the montain 14 years ago and still it is a very nice experience to go there. The view this time of the year from the mountain-top is amazing (no leafes on the trees). After walking the few metres to the top we had a well-cooked 3-course meal at Ristorante Albergo Sella down at the parking lot. Local dishes and plenty of mushroom in the recipes = umami! Don't forget to finish the dinner with their own "Grappa di Brunello Riserva".
Written November 3, 2014
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Danielle P
Christchurch, New Zealand415 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
Whilst staying close by in Tuscany we decided to do a little research and trek Tuscanys highest mountain, We had read it was a dormant volcano and it sounded very interesting. We enjoy walking where ever we travel and this seemed like it was going to be impressive with Tuscanys landscape being so beautiful anyway.
We drove to the car park at the bottom of the treks, i had found a map online with all the different routes on. We decided to take the one which started in the town below. There was no views as you were just walking through woodland tracks - you could of been anywhere. Nearer to the top it was like a ghost town as it was an empty ski resort. Everything closed down. We decided to get off the track and walk up the ski run. The summit isnt a peak or a mound as we were expecting. There was a 22ft iron cross which was very pretty and a great look out point where you can take some great pictures. But there was a cafe, benches, umberella's and a path walking round to more closed bars. This was a very gentle walk which anybody could of done!
It was a little disappointing!!! On the plus side though - i bet this is a great ski resort in the winter months.
Written August 14, 2011
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zimiuno
Lucignano AR29 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
I was very much disappointed to take the trouble to go up (on a good road!) to Monte Amiata. There is no view at all, except for maybe a pie of 15 degrees. Awfull high-tech, antennas, outdated chairlifts, rocked down hotels and restaurants, souvenir baracks. It is definitely not worth the trip, nearby villages Abbadia San Salvatore, Pitigliano, Radicofani are far more enjoyable. On top, on my visit June 8 the only open, run-down restaurant at ***Albergo La Croce, the only food available were Panini with prosciutto III classe and broken chairs and tables.
Written June 18, 2013
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Damiano C
Castiglione del Lago, Italy133 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Excellent meal in a stunning location. Bar La Vetta. Polenta with mushrooms, Italian sausage with oven roasted potatoes. Great little trattoria with fast, friendly service. The walk up the ski slope, no snow at this time of year, is well worth it for the views from the highest peak in Tuscany.
Written November 13, 2017
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Jan V
Tielt Winge, Belgium97 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Whilst cycling up the monte Amiata, we discovered the Indiana Adventure Park.
Even though it was a 1.5 hour drive from Cortona, we decided to visit both the top and the Adventure park with our teenage kids a few days thereafter.

The park is great and one of the best organised and safest we have visited. There are challenges for all levels with one short but spectacular difficult (red) trail. The kids loved it.

The peak was a welcome addition with an alpine character. The views aren't as spectacular as they could be due to the trees but still, a welcome alternative at moderate temperatures away from the blistering heat in the lower hills.

Written August 29, 2017
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Torsten W
2 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
The courses are great, the staff is super friendly and the landscape is just incredible. If you have a day to spare during your vacation in Tuscany take the road to the mountains and spend a day in the forrest.
Written October 29, 2014
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BobConklin
Portland, OR151 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Monte Amiata, forming the west flank of the Val d'Orcia, is the highest mountain in Tuscany. It's much cooler on the mountain than in the valley, so a nice place to escape the heat in summer. There are several small towns on the mountain, the nicest of which (in my opinion) is Santa Fiora. On the upper altitudes of the mountain are beautiful beech forests, clean of any underbrush, and some beautiful hiking trails (but get a trail map so you don't get lost). The mountain has been somewhat despoiled by some old mines (copper I think) but they are all closed now. There is a wild game preserve. You can drive all the way to the summit, but when you arrive there is a big tourist development which seems quite incongruous with the beauty of the surroundings.
Written September 30, 2012
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Geo Trails
6 contributions
Sep 2021
A total delusion.....some folk may enjoy the short walk to La Vetta....once at the top
a slither of panorama can be viewed from a pay binocular!! Loud modern music is played by the Rifugio Vetta " bar.No peace and quiet here....if you wish to purchase a trashy souvenir a shed shop is open for punters!!! Thank goodness we had not booked a nearby hotel or B&B as it would have been a complete waste of money. Tele communication masts and dishes are abundant...a total waste of time. That is unless you are of mass/popular culture!!
Written September 7, 2021
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