The Pyramids of Abetone

The symbols of this mountian town

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
Developed along the Modenese road and inaugurated in 1778, the area derives its name from a large pine that was cut down to open the road, near the pass of the same name. In the highest point where the road cuts away, the two stone Pyramids rise, built perhaps with a project by Leonardo Ximenes, that single out the pass and the old boundary between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Duchy of ...