Mount Amiata guided tour
Radicofani historic centre
Baths of Bagni San Filippo
Abbadia San Salvatore village
Crypt and Museum of the Abbey
Duration of the tour: 2/4/6 hours
Suitable for children: yes
Disabled’s Accessibility: no in the Radicofani Fortress and in the Crypt of Abbadia San Salvatore
Difference in level: 80 metres (Radicofani Fortress)
Further important information at the bottom of the page (or click here)
Mount Amiata, enchantment beyond the Tuscan landscape
Besides the vaunted Tuscany landscape, that of cypresses and golden fields, there is a place in the region where nature is still wild and fascinating in its being difficult to tame; to discover this place you have to leave the low altitude of the Val d’Orcia hills to climb towards peaks where you can discover the history of men and their millenary civilization: all this is what you can discover by the Mount Amiata guided tour.
We start this beautiful journey from Radicofani. Approaching this village by car or bus, what will catch your attention will be the almost dreamlike view of a barren landscape, where the grey hills of the Crete stand out, continuously shaped by the erosive action of the wind.
Radicofani is a village rising 800 metres above sea level. Documented since the Iron Age, thanks to the discovery of finds that attest to the presence of settlements in the area, in the Middle Ages this place was an important control point on the Via Francigena route.
San Pietro Church, Radicofani
The Fortress of Radicofani
Reaching the village, the first thing you can notice is the dark colour of its buildings; this feature is due to basanite – the local volcanic stone – widely used in both civil and religious constructions. This outpost welcomed within its perched walls a rebel who came from Siena, went down in history as the”Robin Hood of the Val d’Orcia“: the rebel was called Ghino di Tacco. Through the stories I will have to tell you about this almost legendary character, you will discover the reason why he is remembered by this amusing name. The monuments that will be visited in Radicofani, such as the San Pietro church, the Sant’Agata church and the Fortress, are still clear signs of the function as outpost this village had, especially in the times when this was a ‘land border’, disputed by armies, municipalities and lordships.
The picturesque village of Abbadia San Salvatore
From Radicofani we move on with the Mount Amiata guided tour, going down to the valley to reach Bagni San Filippo. Stopping at this other well-known termal bath, we can see the so-called White Whale, a sort of rocky sediment formed by the stratifications of the sulphurous water coming out from the springs and which over time has created an image similar to a whale. Encouraged by the hot water that still flowing today, many people stop here to take a bath and relax with friends, especially at the weekends. Leaving Bagni San Filippo, we head to the village of Abbadia San Salvatore.
Centre developed in the Middle Ages around an important monastery – from which it has taken its current name – Abbadia San Salvatore is today one of the most picturesque villages in the province of Siena. A peculiarity of its historic centre is the architectonic style of the edifices is very reminiscent of the buildings in the Tuscia area – a feature due to the proximity of Abbadia San Salvatore to the area of Upper Lazio.
After visiting the historic centre, still partially enclosed by its ancient walls, we go to visit the San Salvatore Abbey, a building dating back to medieval times and in this day curated by a community of Cistercian monks.
Ghino di Tacco’s monument, Radicofani
The Lombard Crypt of Abbadia San Salvatore
The crypt, a wonder of the Lombard era
Once inside the church, on the main altar we can admire a beautiful wooden crucifix dating back to the Romanesque age, one of the oldest and most precious artefacts that have been preserved in Tuscany. But the real jewel of the church is its wonderful Crypt – dating back to the 8th century –, a very rare architectural testimony of the Lombard era. The ‘forest’ of columns that you will see in this environment of incredible suggestion will bring you back, with your imagination, to the time when the monks officiated religious rites under these vaults, having as light that of candles, as sound that of the songs in Latin and as a perfume that of incense. After visiting the crypt of the church, we can also see the Abbey Museum which, in addition to precious church furnishings, houses a facsimile of a great masterpiece of illuminating art, preserved in this monastery until the end of the eighteenth-century: the Amiatina Bible.
After visiting Abbadia San Salvatore, our last stop on the Monte Amiata tour will be Santa Fiora.
Located in the Grosseto area, on the other side of the great former volcano, Santa Fiora is a charming village that preserves intact the look of the medieval village where tourism has not yet distorted the slow rhythms of an intimate life, in which traditions linked to the products of excellence of the territory – Marron in the first place – give back to those who climb inside these mountains a familiar warmth no longer found elsewhere.
We start with the visit of Santa Fiora from Piazza Garibaldi, an evocative space at the heart of the community, where the municipal tower is visible, flanked by the Renaissance Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, the ancient seat of a county. We see the beautiful Santa Flora and Lucilla parish church, a building already known in the twelfth century, then rebuilt in the fifteenth century. Inside the church we will discover together the beautiful series of Della Robbia terracotta, one of the largest in the entire history of art.
We will conclude our tour of Monte Amiata with the view of a place that you would never expect: an ancient fishpond. Almost a kind of magical space, this structure, built in the Middle Ages to ensure the nutritional supply of fish for the Santafioresi, is a large tank located at the foot of the town. If the view of the fish pond is already something fascinating and romantic, it will be even more surprising to discover that the water feeding this beautiful pool comes from the floor of an ancient church located nearby. At the end of this tour of the Amiata it will seem time has really stopped here. This is where nature and history come together, giving you an image of Tuscany that would you never expected.
Detail of the Amiatina Bible
Central Square, Santa Fiora
Peschiera, Santa Fiora
Important information about the tour (click here)
The activity here proposed, provided in English language, is a private and not a joinable tour; this means that it is a tour only carried out on request and it can be customised for starting time, meeting place and duration, depending on the customer’s needs.
Monte Amiata tour duration
The duration of the Monte Amiata tour can be 2.4 hours or 6 hours. With the 2-hour visit you can visit Radicofani. With the 4-hour visit it is possible to visit Radicofani, Bagni San Filippo and Abbadia San Salvatore. With the 6-hour visit you can visit Radicofani, Bagni San Filippo, Abbadia San Salvatore and Santa Fiora.
This tour does not include a visit or tasting in cellars, an activity that can be booked directly by the customer. The guide, not being a tourist agency, can only provide suggestions of places to book a tasting.
Radio rental compulsory from 6 people onwards
From 6 people onwards, to facilitate listening to the guide explanations and ensuring social distancing outdoors and indoors, it is strictly recommended to rent radio devices with transmitters that ensure perfect listening to the explanations of the guide even from a distance; if then we visit the inside of the monuments, the rental of radios is compulsory for 4 or more people. The service is booked by the guide when the guided tour is requested, but the rental cost, which is € 1.00 per person for 2 or 3 hours, is charged to the customer and can be paid directly to the guide who will then take care to pay the supplier.
Carers or teachers of school groups do not pay for the rental of the radio.
Opening time Radicofani Fortress:
Ticket Prices Radicofani Fortress:
Opening time Santa Fiora park and ancient fishpond:
Ticket price for access to Santa Fiora park and fishpond:
Entrance ticket(s) to the Radicofani Fortress and/or Santa Fiora Park and Fishpond are not included in the tour rate
The guide does not provide transportation service.
To get further information, to book the tour or to get the contact of a licensed driver providing private transfer service, please write to:
Cost and reservation of the tour (click here)
Cost of Mount Amiata private guided tour
The cost for a 2-hour Mount Amiata private tour is € 120.00 (total price and not per person), € 240.00 for 4 hours, € 280.00 for 6 hours (always total and non-total price per person).
For further information about the rates, also to check the deals available, please visit the dedicated section by clicking here.
How to book the tour?
Once the day and time of the tour have been agreed with the guide, to book it is necessary to advance 50% of the tour value with a deposit to be paid by credit card.
Attention: pay the deposit only after agreed the date and the details of the tour with the guide. The remaining payment of the guided tour takes place after the tour by card, in cash or by bank transfer.
It is the responsibility of the guide to guarantee the guide service in any case. If, even for personal reasons, the guide is unable to perform the service in the date set with the client, it will be his concern to contact a trusted colleague who can replace him and therefore guarantee the customer service.
The cancellation of the tour from the client can be done free of charge by giving timely notice to the guide before 48 hours from the date and time agreed for the service. In this case the deposit paid in advance by the customer will be returned by the guide. If instead cancellation is made by the customer when there are less than 48 hours before the date agreed for the service, the customer will lose the deposit paid.
How to reach Mount Amiata
Due to the lack of public transport connections between the stages of the itinerary, making the journey with the own car or a rented car (or with a tourist bus for a group organised with an agency) is still the most convenient way to cover the entire itinerary.
Radicofani can be reached via the A1 motorway (Chiusi Chianciano exit if coming from Rome or Milan; then continue following the signs towards Radicofani – Sarteano, then Radicofani.
To reach Bagni San Filippo and Abbadia San Salvatore, continue from Radicofani towards Abbadia San Salvatore via the SR Cassia 2 route.
Free parking spaces are available in Radicofani at the SP 24, (another one also on the SP24). In Bagni San Filippo Quirico there is a small free parking area (click here to view it); and then another paid parking lot is available along Via del fosso bianco.
The closest stations to the places of the itinerary are Chiusi Chianciano, from which the most convenient way to proceed is by rental car. The train timetable for Chiusi Chianciano is available on the Trenitalia website.
By Taxi service
For the locations of this itinerary there is no official taxi service but there are private companies that, in addition to the NCC service, also offer a taxi service. Companies are easily found via a web search.
Organised groups/squadrons by tourist coach
|For organised groups/squadrons by tourist coach, there are drop-off/drop-on points for passengers along the itinerary (click here to view the points)|
For more details on a camper parking area in Santa Fiora click here.