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Monte Amiata, Tuscany

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Volcano Mountain
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 Monte Amiata is a mountain between Grosseto and Siena, about 1700 m high. It is a very good place for hiking in summer, with numerous paths through woods. Once you reach the top you can enjoy the ...  more »
  • We were at the montain 14 years ago and still it is a very nice experience to go there. The view this time of the year from the mountain-top is amazing (no leafes on the trees). After walking the few ...  more »
  • The courses are great, the staff is super friendly and the landscape is just incredible. If you have a day to spare during your vacation in Tuscany take the road to the mountains and spend a day in th...  more »
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  • Many ski slopes for the winter. . For summer great for walks good lift services.
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  • Nice x a day, Sin long and slow the chairlift. When there is plenty of fresh snow is spectacular x snow
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