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Report 726: A Day on Mount Amiata

By Gloria - Casina di Rosa from Tuscany, Italy, Summer 2005

Trip Description: A relaxing daytrip to Mount Amiata (with children, in-laws and a dog!)

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Tuscany

Categories: Independent Travel; Adults and Young Children; Small Group: 5 to 9

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Page 1 of 6: The Preface...

photo by Gloria

Monte Amiata as you see it from Civitella

This report will probably be nothing special to many of you; it is the report of a day trip to Mount Amiata. Now, what is different is that the people who went on this daytrip are not travelers from far-off countries but a loud, "local" Italian/Canadian/English family!

Yes, yesterday, August 8th 2005, we all decided to pack up children and dogs and go for the day to Mount Amiata. And, let me say this, it was a great family day, for the "small people" and for the "big ones!" And, I think, for the dog too.

"The Fellowship of Mount Amiata" was composed by: my boyfriend Marcel, his mother and her husband, his sister and her husband and kids (two boys of seven and four and a girl of two), a Flat Coated Retriever named Candy and of course, me.

They live in Pari, a nice little village 1km from Petriolo Hot Springs, and we live in Civitella Marittima, 13km from Pari, 35km from Siena, 30km from Grosseto, and just opposite Monte Amiata.

When we woke up, we were not sure if we should really go or not, because the day before it had poured down for hours. We were worried that the woods might still be wet and that it might be very cold up there, since in Civitella we only had 24 C (75F more or less) at 10 a.m. Civitella is 350 metres high, but Mount Amiata is 1700 mt!!

So, after a (typical) discussion about what to do, the Canadian instinct for outdoor adventure won, and we decided to go. (If you are wondering where we found this Canadian instinct, the story goes that Marcel and his sister Eleanor are Canadian... if you are wondering how "Englishness" falls into the whole picture, the story also tells that their parents are English and the proud Italian laziness would be represented by Eleanor's husband and myself).

Anyway, let's close this "preface" with the image of two cars packed for a trip of 10 days (of course we only wanted to be up there for few hours...) and a first stop at a supermarket in Paganico, 8km from my village.

Everything ready for the BBQ/picnic including blankets, football, playing cards, frisbee and several bottles of wine/beer! At 11:30 a.m. we finally left Paganico to go to Monte Amiata.

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