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THE VAL D'ORCIA
The Val d'Orcia offers a rainbow of colors that change throughout the seasons: from the green grass in springtime to the golden yellow corn of summer, to the ochre fields of autumn.
The hills outline a stunning landscape that has been embellished during the centuries by the inhabitants of this area.
BAGNO VIGNONI THERMAL BATHS
The huge thermal pool in the central square of Bagno Vignoni is the "heart" of this small town.

The therapeutic virtues of the thermal waters are known since the ancient times. Unfortunately, nowadays bathing in the pool is not allowed anymore. Alternatively, Bagno Vignoni offers several spas to enjoy the thermal waters.

The "water square" remains a place that is worth a visit. It is surrounded by a ancient walls on three sides. On the fourth side there is a small sanctuary dedicated to Santa Caterina.
MONTE AMIATA - THE PEAK
Since 1910 a huge iron cross stands on Monte Amiata's peak as a important symbol for the inhabitants of the area.
During winter, the Amiata is one the most important skiing destinations in Tuscany. In summertime, the Amiata offers excellent options for trekking in the woods.
The Amiata woods are populated by wild boars, roe deers and foxes. Some species such as wolves, deers and the "amiatino" donkey, in risk of extinction, live in the protected area of the Parco Faunistico dell'Amiata, which is open to visitors.

From the Monte Amiata's peak you can see the islands of Argentario, Elba, Montecristo and Giglio. The north side of the peak offers a unique view of Montalcino's towers and the Apuane Alps.<
MONTE LABBRO

This lovely mountain top is located on the south-west side of Monte Amiata. In 1998 Monte Labbro has been declared natural reserve and is the ideal destination to discover the amazing varieties of the local wildlife.

On the highest top of Monte Labbro (1193 metres on the sea level) stand the Torre del David, built by Davide Lazzaretti, known as "The Prophet of Monte Amiata. Lazzaretti was the founder of the Giurisdavidici movement and he was killed by the police in 1878.
Since 1981 Monte Labbro is the seat of the Dzogchen community of Merigar, founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, joga and meditation master, The centre can be visited fixing an appointment.

THE CASSIA ROAD
Built around 200 BC, the Cassia road connects Rome to Florence crossing the Tuscia region, the Crete Senesi and the Chianti valley up to S. Gimignano.

Every year, the strip of the Cassia road that crosses the Amiata region hosts the Mille Miglia, a vintage car competition.
TERME DI SATURNIA
The therapeutic virtues of the Saturnia thermal baths were already know by the Etruscans.
The thermal waters of Saturnia have curative properties for the skin and for the respiratory system.

BAGNI DI S.FILIPPO
Bagni di S.Filippo is a few chilometres away from the Cassia road, This small town is well known for it's thermal waters and for the spectacular landscape of Fosso Bianco, one of the most amazing sites of the Amiata region. .