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The Pyramids of Abetone

The symbols of this mountian town

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SS12 dell'Abetone e del Brennero
These great pyramids were erected to celebrate the opening of the Abetone Pass and were dedicated to the memory of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and the Duke of Modena. Today they have become the symbol of this town in the Pistoia Appennine mountains.

They marked the boundary between two states, as one fell under the jurisdiction of Pietro Leopoldo and the other was in the territory of Francesco III. Both were built by a Tuscan work force and they are made of stone. On the sides facing their respective territories there are marble decorations showing the coat of arms and Latin inscription of their sovereign. The Tuscan inscription was composed by Leonardo Ximes in honour of Grand Duke Leopoldo and says ‘Innovator of freedom and trade’, whereas the inscription facing Modena underlines the military importance of a newly laid road which connected Germany and Tuscany.
The most important ski resort in the Apennines
The Abetone area lies at the center of the most famous skiing destination in the Tosco-Emilian Apennines, and the pass to which the town owes its name (the Abetone Pass, at 1,388 meters) is called after the surrounding mountains. ...