Skiing in Tuscany, the winter oasis Abetone

At the point where the Tuscan hills give way to the peaks of the Apennines, there is the Abetone ski resort, a winter oasis that combines the charm of the mountains with Tuscan elegance. 

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Located in the Lima Valley at over one thousand three hundred meters above sea level, between Emilia Romagna and the Pistoia Mountains, the Abetone ski resort offers not only perfectly groomed slopes, but also a winter experience that can exceed expectations.

How are the slopes of Abetone?

The Abetone area is a popular destination for its almost fifty kilometers of varied slopes (to which are added the slopes of the nearby Cutigliano-Doganaccia), a paradise for skiers of all levels. From beginners to more experienced skiers, everyone finds their ideal descent through snow-covered woods. 

Accessible from various access points, the magic of skiing is revealed through multiple scenarios: the Alpine territory of Val di Luce, the evocative woods of Selletta and Regine and the challenging slopes of the tracks of Coppi al Pulicchio.

In addition, from Monte Gomito to Val di Luce and Cimone, the alternation of peaks ranging from a thousand and two hundred to a little less than two thousand meters high and surrounding the town offers spectacular scenery while going down the slopes.

Alpine skiing is among the most popular winter activities in these parts, a bit for the miles of slopes dedicated to this discipline and a bit for the presence of an artificial snow system.

However, it is also an ideal destination for beginners. Thanks to the low-difficulty tracks, first-time skiers can ski in a safe and controlled environment.

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Fun on the snow: not only alpine skiing

Not only skiing. Abetone offers much more than simple ski slopes: the activities to do in the snow here are endless. From snowboarding to snowshoeing, every winter sports enthusiast can find his own happy dimension. 

Lovers of snowboarding and freestyle find their kingdom in various snowparks, such as that of Val di Luce Sprella or Pulicchio. 

For lovers of cross-country skiing, the Abetone ski area offers almost thirty kilometers of classic and skating trails, winding through pastures and fir woods.

In addition, Abetone is one of the most accessible ski resorts for people with disabilities thanks to a system of dedicated services that includes parking, changing rooms, instructors and equipment.

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Journey of flavours through the mountains

After a day on the slopes of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the welcome of a cuisine that mixes the best of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna (being located between the two regions). 

From fresh pasta seasoned with mushrooms to second courses based on game up to desserts with berries: mountain dishes promise to tickle the palate of guests.

The mountain huts and chalet-style rooms, with their sloping roofs covered with snow, offer warm shelters and family environments in the heart of the snowy landscape.

The characteristic winter atmosphere of the alpine areas and the scent of traditional cuisine create a unique environment that gives an authentic experience.

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What to do at Abetone if you do not ski? 

Not skiing in Tuscany does not mean getting bored, indeed. The territory of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines is steeped in history and culture, with interesting villages, an ecomuseum of the Pistoia Mountains and the picturesque city of Pistoia. 

In the center of the village Abetone, the Pyramids of Abetone and the Church of San Leopoldo add a historical and cultural dimension to the trip.

Those who want to explore the surroundings of the mountain center can start to discover ancient villages and traditions. Among the villages not to be missed is Cutigliano because of its medieval town and Fiumalbo for its cobbled streets and its artisan traditions.

With a little more time, you can also visit Lucchio, a unique village located between Abetone and Bagni di Lucca. It is a very small picturesque village, perched along a steep rocky wall that offers a spectacle of houses that seem to embrace the rock in a surreal atmosphere.

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