Monte Amiata is 1738 metres high and extends into the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, comprising the towns of Abbadia San Salvatore, Piancastagnaio, Castiglion d’Orcia and Radicofani. The well organised tourist reception structures of Monte Amiata make this a popular destination all year round and a perfect base from which to explore the marvels of Tuscany and nearby Umbria and Lazio. From a naturalistic point of view, this region offers ever changing scenery and colours, from snow in the winter to fresh temperatures in the summer.
The main economical resources of the Amiata region are chestnuts, wood, and increasingly, tourism. Ski resorts include the peak area, Prato delle Macinaie, Prato della Contessa, Rifugio Cantore and Pian della Marsiliana.
From December to March, Mount Amiata is one of the most organized winter ski resorts in Central southern Italy. From the mountain top, you can enjoy a superb and vast panorama. 15 ski facilities are available at Prato della Contessa, Prato delle Macinaie, Marsiliana and at Cantore. There are 15 Km of ski slopes suitable for beginners as well as for advanced skiers; all the slopes are fitted with the most modern facilities, besides which there are several cross-country slopes. Monte Amiata is Tuscany's only real mountain, in contrast to the famous rolling hills which attract thousands of visitors each year. 30 ski Instructors work at the Scuola Italiana Sci Monte Amiata which is located west of the 'Macinaie' meadow and where ski equipment can be hired.
Monte Amiata offers a number of trails, ranging in difficulty from green to black. Ski-passes cost £ 38.000/day (30.000 on weekdays), and weekend passes cost £ 65.000 . Should you need instruction, individual lessons cost £ 35.000 Lire/hour; while group lessons cost £ 20.000/person (2 hours, min. 5 people). There are also several cross-country trails.
Campo Scuola Vetta (blue): 350 mt
Crocicchio-Dedo (black), lung.: 1000 mt, dislivello di 250 mt
Canalgrande (Rossa), lung.: 740 mt, dislivello di 150 mt
Canalgrande Cantore (Rossa), lung.: 1100 mt, dislivello di 145 mt
Canalgrande Marsiliana (Rossa), lung.: 760 mt, dislivello di 105 mt
Campo Scuola Marsiliana (Blu), lung.: 380 mt
Canalgrande Macinaie (Rossa), lung.: 390 mt, dislivello di 65 mt
Campo Scuola Macinaie (blauw): 280 mt
Direttissima (Nera), lung.: 1700 mt, dislivello di 350 mt
Panoramica (Rossa), lung.: 2300 mt, dislivello di 350 mt
Bellaria (Rossa), lung.: 800 mt, dislivello di 104 mt
Campo Scuola Contessa (blauw): 200 mt
1. Anello Marsiliana (Facile), dislivello di 40 mt, lunghezza 2500 mt
2. Anello Macinaie (Media), dislivello di 80 mt, lunghezza 3000 mt
3. Primo Rifugio (Media), dislivello di 100 mt, lunghezza 5000 mt
4. Stadio Comunale Abbadia (Facile), dislivello di 0 mt, lunghezza 500 mt
Scuola Italiana Sci Monte Amiata (“Italian Ski School-Monte Amiata”) is located west of the Macinaie meadow, telephone 0564-959004.Scuola Italiana Sci Monte Amiata, located on the Vetta, or “Peak”, telephone 0577-789740.
from Gastone, located at Macinaie field, telephone 0564-959005
from Millo, located at Macinaie field, telephone 0564-959008
from lo Scoiattolo, located at Contessa field, telephone 0564-959003