Up till a few centuries ago there was a dense wood of fir and beech trees, which covered the mountainsides of Abetone, so much so that the area was called "Boscolungo", the long wood. Towards the end of the 1700s after the construction of the road of Ximenes, a small settlement was created including an inn, a post office, border control and a few houses. Today Abetone (whose name seems to be derived from a large fallen fir near the mountain pass) is a famous tourist centre particularly well known for its winter sports activities and is considered one of the most important skiing locations in the Apennines of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.
A circular 8 km route that is easy to follow, half along a rough track and the other half along a forest path. Halfway you can find a fountain and a designated rest area. The route, on the rough track, has a gradient of 2.5% and is suitable even for families with children and people using wheelchairs (with an obligatory escort). There beautiful panoramas on the "Libro Aperto" and the side of the mountain looking towards Modena.