Tuscany’s landscape varies a great deal as it runs from the coast into the center of Italy, and it includes some mountainous areas in the Apennines - which is where the small town of Abetone is located, at an elevation of 4,554 feet (1,388 meters).
Abetone is about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Florence and 42 miles (67.5 km) inland (as the crow flies) from La Spezia on the Ligurian coast. It’s been a popular ski resort town since the early 1900s, and today there are 22 ski lifts serving 31 miles (50 km) of slopes suitable for all levels of skiing expertise.
There is a ski school for beginners at Abetone, as well as opportunities for snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and snow hiking. The natural beauty of the area is also a great escape in the summer months, when hiking and mountain biking take over the hills. There are also things like a bowling alley, tennis courts, a soccer field, and an indoor pool among the Abetone facilities, so there’s something for everyone.
Day trips from Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany can be arranged to spend a day skiing on these popular slopes, including round-trip transportation, rental of all the equipment you would need, and even lunch at the lodge in some cases. Equipment rental is available on-site, as well, if you travel to Abetone on your own.
Among the activities available at Abetone during the summer are fishing and downhill mountain biking at the “Gravity Park.” The technical slopes can given experienced riders the thrill of descending nearly 2,300 feet (700 meters) in less than 10 minutes.