For all its famous beaches, Roman ruins, and Medieval villages, Italy is also quite a mountainous country. The whole northern border of the country is in The Alps, stretching east into The Dolomites, and the Apennine Mountains run the length of the country from the northwest all the way to the toe of the boot. Italy is littered with volcanoes and the remnants of volcanoes, and southern Tuscany‘s Monte Amiata falls into the latter category.
Mount Amiata, or Monte Amiata as it’s called in Italian, is what’s known as a “lava dome.” Lava domes form when lava is released from a volcano so slowly that rather than cascading down the sides of a mountain it ends up forming its own small mountain
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