At 1490m Monte Amiata is the highest point in southern Tuscany and is visible from miles around. On the lower slopes there are extensive chestnut woods (the chestnuts feature a lot in local dishes) higher up the chestnut trees are replaced by beech trees. Monte Amiata has one of the largest beech forests in Europe. It’s nice to visit at any time of year and it’s possible to reach the top of the mountain if you park near the top and walk the last 600m or so. The views aren’t great as there are so many trees but it’s lovely to walk here at any time of year. From Podere Sant’Angelo head towards Arcidosso, at Aiuole (the helicopter pad) take a right and then a left to drive up the mountain. The same road leads to Abbadia San Salvatore on the northern side of the mountain.