The mountain is of volcanic origin and the only one of its kind in Tuscany. The 1738-metre-high mountain lies in an older limestone and sandstone area. It has a particular and varied flora and fauna. The mountain is covered with deciduous trees, especially chestnut trees. All around the mountain are huge lava blocks, ejected from the volcano during eruptions in the past, which give the area a very special character. On the way up the mountain there are various food stalls and souvenir shops. Monte Amiata is a great place to ski in winter.
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