Where to ski in Tuscany?
Abetone is one of the most famous refuges of the Apennines in Tuscany. With ski slopes, lush nature and incredible cuisine, it is the type of city that attracts tourists from all over the world. Today we will find out: where to ski in Tuscany? Yes, the answer is Abetone. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Where to ski in Tuscany? Abetone !!!!! Abetone is one of the most important ski areas in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the right destination for those who want to ski, but it has other great attractions. The city is located in the province of Pistoia and offers more than 50 km of slopes for winter sports enthusiasts in general; in addition to skiing it is possible to go hiking through the snow, play with snowmobiles and enjoy the incredible local cuisine. In addition, it is possible to visit several villages, nature trails and much more. Today we are going to get to know the splendid Abetone. Click here and see our section Skiing in Italy!
Abetone is 1,388 meters above sea level and, as already mentioned, has 50 km of ski slopes. The slopes are accessible by 22 cable cars. The ski area is divided into three parts, that formed by historical trails of Abetone: there are slopes for beginners, Selletta and Chierroni, which are ideas for those who are learning or prefer something more peaceful; there is also the slope for advanced users, the red slope, Riva. Read also Where to see snow close to the main Italian cities?
- If you still don’t have security or 100% mastery of the sport, stay on the blue slopes, O.K.?!
1) Where to ski in Tuscany? IN ABETONE: THE “ZENO 3” AND VAL DI LUCE
There are also the ‘three Zeno’, tracks designed by the famous ski champion Zeno Colò. Here are two tracks for skiers: two red and one black. Also in this area are the slopes of Pulicchio and Stucchi. Skiing in such intimate contact with nature is a unique experience, no doubt, and you will love it! In the last ski area of Abetone, there are the slopes of the Val di Luce, which have slopes of medium and easy difficulty.
In Abetone you can walk with snow shoes on the trails that will take you to fantastic places such as beech forests and frozen pines that will present you with stunning panoramas such as the Ring Maiori, which starts at Abetone Square and reaches the slopes of Mount Aperto. The walk to the Black Lake that, from the Botanical Garden takes you through beautiful places is also worthwhile. One of the mandatory stops is the Mount Gomito Refuge, located at the arrival of the cable car. Don’t miss it out! In the middle of the busy ski resort, let yourself be guided by the silence of the mountain in winter and take one of the many snow trails.
- If you have never climbed with a pair of skis or special shoes, you can book individual or group lessons at one of the many ski schools in the region.
- NEVER go into unidentified paths. Always have a map of the area with you! The same goes for the ski slopes: stay within the limits of the slopes: never go beyond the signs. In case of closing of the tracks for meteorological reasons, RESPECT IT! Some people insist on skiing, but it can be very dangerous!
2) Where to ski in Tuscany? IN ABETONE: SNOWBOARD
Now let’s get to know Abetone’s surroundings better. If you get tired of the snow, there are great tour options! One of them is the Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese (Ecomuseum of the Pistoian Mountain Region), located in Gavinana, a small village in the municipality of San Marcello Pistoiese.
- Here are 6 outdoor itineraries that guide us to discover the ancient crafts, customs, flora and fauna of the region.
Botanical Garden of the Abetone Forest and the San Marcello Pisteglio Suspension Bridge
Part of this itinerary is the beautiful Botanical Garden of the Abetone Forest. Another unmissable spot is the San Marcello Pisteglio Suspension Bridge: a pedestrian crossing that connects the two sides of the Lima stream between Mammiano Basso and Popiglio.
- The bridge is kind of unstable, long and very high. Avoid it if you are afraid of heights. Evidently it is super safe, and it is also one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world, but it offers a beautiful view.
Cutigliano and Fiumalbo village
Among the unmissable villages is the village of Cutigliano. It is a small medieval village that has beautiful old palaces and monuments. Worth the visit!
Another must-see is Fiumalbo, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its origins are very old and are witnessed by the casoni, which are Celtic huts similar to the rural structures present in Scotland and Ireland. There you will find some places of unparalleled beauty, immersed in nature.
Other villages that may be interesting are Popiglio, Piteglio, Sambuca and Serra Pistoiese, each one hiding a small treasure to be discovered. Despite being small places, the wonders there are immense!
Depending on how long you stay there, it is worth buying the Multipass Abetone. On this website you will find all the information about prices, open and closed slopes, climatic conditions and everything you need to know about the weather in Abetone.
Where to eat in Abetone?
- Ristorante Il Pinguino – with typical flavors of the region, great service, varied dishes and excellent portions, is one of Abetone’s darlings. Where is it: Pian di Novello 4, Camping Il Pinguino, 51024 – Abetone. Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, from 9 am to 11 pm.
- Lago Verde – immersed in the green, it is great for an uncompromised lunch in the middle of nature. With dishes full of flavor and great options, it’s worth it! Where is it: Via della Secchia E Bicchiere 24, 51021 – Abetone. Opening hours: every day, from 9 am to 7 pm.
- Da Pierone – in the heart of the city, it offers typical dishes, excellent portions, delicious atmosphere and incredible service. Where is it: Via Brennero 556, 51021 – Abetone. Opening hours: every day, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm – changes in operating hours may occur.
How to go to Abetone in Tuscany?
1) How to get to Abetone in Tuscany? BY AIRPLANE
About 1h30 from Florence airport, Amerigo Vespucci, and 1h50 from Galileo Galilei Airport, in Pisa.
Also read our Special Posts on Airports in Italy:
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- HOW TO GO FROM THE MALPENSA AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF MILANO?
- HOW TO GO FROM THE VENICE AIRPORT TO THE VENICE CENTER?
2) How to get to Abetone in Tuscany? BY TRAIN
The reference station is Pistoia on the Florence-Lucca-Viareggio line. You arrive at Pistoia by train and from there you take a bus from the company blus blus. See schedules here: pistoia.teseo.app/planner
Did you know? Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of railway transport. Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?”
3) How to get to Abetone in Tuscany? BY CAR
From Milan, using the A1 towards Florence; next to Firenze Nord, take the A11 towards Pisa and get off at Pistoia. Follow SR66 and then SS12 Abetone-Brennero. From Rome, take the A1 highway towards Florence, in the north of Florence, take the A11, towards Pisa, leaving for Pistoia. Take the SR66 and continue on the SS12 Abetone-Brennero. Find out here: How to drive with snow in Italy? If you are renting a car, be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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Where to ski in Tuscany? Abetone is the right destination for those who want contact with nature, snow and good food. With its cinematic panoramas, it is the kind of unforgettable city!
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