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Monte Amiata, Tuscany

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Mount Amiata is the largest of the lava domes in the Amiata lava dome complex located about 20 km northwest of Lake Bolsena in the southern Tuscany region of Italy.GeologyMount Amiata is a compound lava dome with a trachytic lava flow that extends to the east. It is part of the larger Amiata complex volcano. A massive viscous trachydacitic lava flow, 5 km long and 4 km wide, is part of the basal complex and extends from beneath the southern base of Corno de Bellaria dome. Radiometric dates indicate that the Amiata complex had a major eruptive episode about 300,000 years ago. No eruptive activity has occurred at Amiata during the Holocene, but thermal activity including cinnabar mineralization continues at a geothermal field near the town of Bagnore, at the SW end of the dome complex.EconomyThe main economical resources of the Amiata region are chestnuts, timber and, increasingly, tourism . The lower areas are characterized by olive trees and vines. Other vegetation include beech and fir. In ancient times cinnabar was extracted here.The region is included in the comuni of Abbadia San Salvatore, Arcidosso, Castel del Piano, Piancastagnaio, Santa Fiora and Seggiano, all located between 600 and 800 metres of altitude.
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  • the road to get to the top and an amazing unique green vegetation fairy .... only 1 day will recharge from the stress of the city
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  • After a season of historic cold in Italy the temperature back to normal and we had to "hunt" snow near Siena since there we'd have more time for the remainder of the trip. The closest option was the monte Amiata which has more than 1700 meters of altitude and where certainly we'd find snow. The time was closed, with freezing rain, so we couldn't see a lot, but for a child of 10 years of snow on the ground was more than enough for fun.
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  • Great moment of escape and relaxation. Vetta Amiata snowy day with activities for adults and children, skiing, bobsleigh, ski lift, walks through the Woods. Car parks in the area. Da ritornarci
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  • Nice x a day, long and slow chairlift. When there is plenty of fresh snow is spectacular x snow
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