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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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  • I came for a walk to the cross of monte amiata ... beautiful scenery and wonderful place ... easy even with very young children
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  • Very nice stroll do family cool in the mountains can take the lift to go up to the top and we can come down with. Or you can take the go or return as you want. The market is not very difficult to climb to the top. Very nice view at the Summit. Do family
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  • Get up to the peak of Monte Amiata where is located the large cross is always very impressive both in winter and in summer. Suitable for children and those who want to breathe a little fresh air.
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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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