Amiata is the name of the Volcano Monte Amiata, which is 1732 m high - the second highest volcano in Italy after the Etna. Even though its last eruption was about 180,000 years ago, still today it heats the surrounding thermal baths, such as Bagno Vignoni or Bagni San Fillippo, and even the more distant like Petriolo and Saturnia.
Thanks to its altitude, Amiata Mountain has also become one of the most important and popular skiing resorts in Tuscany and surroundings. Tourism is therefore becoming an increasing source of income, besides wood and chestnuts.
The Mountain stands between Valdorcia and Maremma and from there you can enjoy an incomparable landscape of Southern Tuscany.
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Abbadia San Salvatore
Abbadia San Salvatore and the Benedictine Abbey of San Salvatore
It's famous as an holiday center both in summer and winter time. Grown around the Abbey of St. Salvatore it maintains the ancient medieval town, with streets, houses and walls.
The Mine of Abbadia which in the past provided a strong economic growth to the area but also problems for working conditions, is now a mining museum.
On the occasion of the famous festival "Fiaccole della Notte di Natale", (on Christmas Eve), Abbadia San Salvatore turns into a magic village full of torches and bonfires. During this night, thirty 5 m tall stacks of wood are burned, while a torchlight procession leads torches to piles for ignition and everybody sings Christmas’ songs. The bonfires burn until morning and the party lasts all night long.
San Salvatore Abbey
For thousands years, the Abbey has been a religious complex belonged to both Benedictines and Cistercians and represented an important center of power, whose ruins of the Church and the Crypt are visible still today. Fallen into decline, it became Siena’s property in 1347 and annexed to Florence in 1559.
With the Grand Duke Leopold 2nd, the monastery was suppressed and its treasures were transferred to Florence. In 1939, a community of Benedictines takes possession of the Abbey.
Bagni San Filippo
The Thermal Baths are popular since the Middle Ages, visited by many famous people, including members of the Medici family.
More info: thermal baths around Siena
Arcidosso is a village which rises 679 meters above sea level.
The highest point is the Aldobrandesco castle, built around 1000. Around this castle, Arcidosso then began to develop. The name of the castle comes from the family who owned Arcidosso in the12th - 14th century: the Aldobrandeschi, fell after a long siege of Siena in 1331.
To see: the sanctuary of Our Lady Crowned, the church of Santa Maria di Lamulas.
It takes its name from the river Fiora, which stands here and now supplies water to the entire Southern Tuscany.
The Lords of Santa Fiora were the Aldobrandeschi, who in 1082 began the construction of a castle (Castle of St. Florian) and its walls.
Near the source of the river Fiora, you can find a pond surrounded by a park, where today you can fish and relax in the luxuriant nature, but once it was part of the garden belonging to Palazzo Sforza-Cesarini (Lords of Santa Fiora after the Aldobrandeschi).
Places to visit: Museum of the mines, the Parish Church with ceramics by Andrea della Robbia.
Events: in recent years, Santa Fiora has become famous for hosting musical events, including some important events of symphonic music, jazz and ethnic concerts.