Monte Amiata is an unmistakable presence between the Maremma and the Val d'Orcia: the only real mountain in southern Tuscany, it is the tallest dormant volcano in Italy at 1,736 metres. Known for its medieval towns, food culture and ski runs, starting at around 800 metres above sea level, there is a magnificent forest of chestnut, fir and beech trees.
For those interested in history, there are towns like Arcidosso, Castel del Piano, Santa Fiora and Seggiano as well as several monuments dotting the mountain. For those who love nature, the Monte Labro and Monte Penna nature reserves are a must, extending around the two most important satellite towns on Monte Amiata and the Bosco Rocconi WWF Oasis.
The trails in the Faunistic Park of Monte Amiata allow visitors to see deer, wolves and chamois. The dense network of hiking trails can be found on both sides of the mountain: here are some ideas for exploring on foot, by bike or on horseback.