After 26 Km you arrive at Abbadia San Salvatore, the principal settlement of Monte Amiata. This small town has a history of mining where, until the 1970s, they extracted mercury. Today, the mines have been transformed into important museums where it is possible for visitors to descend into the underground tunnels and even travel in the carriages of the small mining trains (accompanied by expert miners). The real hidden gem of Abbadia however is the 7th Century Abbey, with its magnificent crypt. Monte Amiata, rising 1,738 metres above sea level, is Italy’s highest inactive volcano and a targeted destination for winter sport enthusiasts and nature trail lovers.