There are also numerous footpaths and guided hikes on the mountain (when there isn't any snow). The mountain is crisscrossed by a network of footpaths from its base to the summit, which is marked by a large iron cross. There are also many towns and villages in Mount Amiata's area where visitors can learn about ongoing local traditions, gastronomy and folklore, all of which are unique to this part of Tuscany. You can also follow a guided tour of one of the old mines or sample the local specialities such as mushrooms and chestnuts, which are used in a large variety of dishes. This is a place for relaxing and exploring, especialy on a motorcycle!