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Summer in the Tuscan mountains: sport, nature and history

Discover adrenaline, poetry and traditional food

Tuscany has been home to some of the greatest artists of all time. Giovanni Pascoli and Ludovico Ariosto are just two of the poets who had a significant impact on this part of the world, and they enriched the Garfagnana area, a lush, forested valley surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, with their poetry.

It is the unspoilt nature in this area which inspired such great art and culture. In Castelnuovo Garfagnana and Castelvecchio the houses of Ariosto and Pascoli still stand to this day, and are open to visitors to discover the fascinating history of the area.

Summer is the ideal time to visit the area. In addition to the beautiful natural scenery around Lake Gramolazzo, the Parco dell'Orecchiella and the magnificant Grotta del Vento, the Tuscan mountains offer many other attractions for those who love the outdoors.

On Monte Amiata, and at Abetone and Doganaccia, many events have been planned from July till September which are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. From downhill freeriding, hiking, hill running and endurance biking there are plenty of opportunities to take part in races and competitions.

A visit to the area would not be complete without a meal at one of the traditional restaurants in the region, where you can taste the local dishes of the Tuscan mountains, including porcini mushrooms, cheeses, game, honey and many more foods for all tastes.