Our walking journey to discover Amiata starts from San Salvatore Abbey and the splendid medieval Abbey, a mandatory stop for the pilgrims who walk along the Via Francigena. Here, in the 19th century, Charlemagne stopped, when his army, struck by the plague, was treated by the local monks with medicinal herbs.
We leave the village through the narrow streets of the historic town centre and take the old road, immersing ourselves among the centuries-old chestnut trees of Amiata, to reach the nearby village of Piancastagnaio, famous for its historic centre, divided into 4 districts, and for the splendid Rocca Aldobrandesca. The village dominates the valley and the ascent to the Rocca tower will offer an exceptional view.
We leave Piancastagnaio and enter the Pigelleto and Monte Penna nature reserve which extends for over a thousand hectares. In addition to sighting of wild animals, such as foxes, wild boars, fallow deer and squirrels, the woods of the Reserve also allow us to admire many species of plants, such as the silver fir called Pigello, and accompany us to Castell'Azzara, the last leg of the day.
The historic centre of this village is a real storybook of Mount Amiata for some of the most interesting legends of the mountain, a prelude to a well-deserved rest in one of the many farmhouses surrounding it.