A journey on foot around the Tuscan volcano discovering Monte Amiata, the green heart of Southern Tuscany, presiding over the Val d’Orcia and the Maremma.
Monte Amiata, the holy mountain of the Etruscans, is home to an incredible landscape: at 1000 metres above sea level the beech trees grow in abundance around the peak of the mountain, crowning the cone in emerald green during spring and summer. Further down the mountain the beech trees give way to the chestnuts, the source of food for countless centuries, and which stillprovide their precious gifts to those fond of gastronomyas they didfor the historic medieval “borghi”.
At a lower level still lie the painted hills of the Val D’Orcia and the Maremma: the realm of olive trees and vineyards that are the keynote images of Tuscany all around the world.
Although Tuscany certainly is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, Monte Amiata, unlike Chianti to the north and the Maremma to the south, still remains off-the-beaten path, in spite of being centrally located.
This extinct volcano, 1,738 metres at its summit, still contains geothermal activity which heats the natural spring baths of little-known but bijoux spas at Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Filippo, and is a worthwhile discovery for Tuscanyexplorers and Italophiles who are in search of unspoiled nature and hospitable salt-of-the-earth people, alongside genuine traditional cuisine just asNonna used to cook. The perfect place to unwind and pull the plug out of stress!