Monte Amiata, TuscanyI’ve already written about my ‘find’ this summer when my son, an aspiring Usain Bolt, went to a track and field camp in the pretty Tuscan town of Abbadia di San Salvatore.

The town is on the foothills of Monte Amiata, a volcanic cone that is 1730 meters from sea level.

Luckily, this volcano has been dormant for the past 180,000 years, but it continues to feed many of the thermal springs in the area.

Monte Amiata, TuscanyIn the winter Monte Amiata is a ski resort, in the summer a cool escape from the steamy Tuscan summer heat.

Monte Amiata is in the beautiful Valdorcia region in the province of Siena, so if you’re willing to go down from your perch in the coll mountains, there are lots of pretty medieval town, churches and museums to explore.

We didn’t hike up the mountain on this visit. Because of limited time, we drove up and just walked the last segment to the iron cross at the peak, but we’ll definitely be back to do some more serious hiking. Looks like a great place to rent a cabin and enjoy mountain life for some time.

If you’re in the area, don’t miss a visit to beautiful Monte Amiata!

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