The town of Fiumalbo is just across the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. The town is particularly known in the area as lively cultural center of the Apennine and in its historic center it preserves numerous examples of medieval mountain architecture. The village is made up of narrow stone pavements, old churches and palaces with frescoed rooms. Interestingly worth visiting is also the Museum of Sacred Art housed in the Church of St. Catherine built in the 17th century.
Fiumalbo’s position, between the two regions, makes it an ideal starting point for many excursions both in summer and winter. Although it does not have its own ski slopes, it is very close to the ski area of Abetone, which allows skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. During the summer season, however, it becomes the final destination of several excursions headed first on the top of the mountains and then in its historic center.
Located at about 1.540 m above sea level, between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, Val di Luce is a territory of just 9 square kilometers but with an immense naturalistic value. It is placed just a few km from Abetone and is easily accessible both by car and by foot or by bike along the local trails. The valley was once completely uninhabited and frequented from time to time by shepherds, but today it has become an tourist resort open all year long.
Since the second half of the 1930s, Val di Luce has been undergoing major transformations. There are now 6 ski lifts, serving about 14 km of ski slopes. Given its isolated location, the valley is much loved by hikers and skiers who want to immerse themselves in nature. The ski slopes and the trails are indeed particularly suggestive, silent and quiet.
Cutigliano is a small but modern town located a few km from Abetone. It is one of the historic villages of the Mountains of Pistoia, whose origins date back to the Middle Ages. At that time the town was also the seat of the Captain of the Mountain, and to this are due the beautiful buildings that characterize the old town. Along Via Roma there are in fact the Palazzo dei Capitani di Montagna and its Renaissance loggia. On the square of the town hall you can admire even a fifteenth century church still in excellent condition.
Cutigliano is immersed in a beautiful natural landscape that can be appreciated both in summer and winter. There are in fact some ski slopes of varying length and difficulty that in summer are exploited by hiking, skiing and mountain biking. The local trails allow you to visit the smallest and most distant places from the center and the most authentic of mountain life.
Abetone is a locality of the Tosco-Emilian Apennines, well-known for the beauty of the natural landscape surrounding it and for the 50 km of ski slopes. The town itself is truly enchanting: originally developed as a frontier outpost at the borders of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, it has become a tourist destination since the late nineteenth century.
Whether summer or winter, Abetone offers many fun opportunities to spend your free time in contact with nature. The ski area of which it is part boasts 50 km of slopes all connected to each other and so easily accessible with just one ticket and no need to take off skis.There are trails ideal for all skiers, from the most experienced to beginners. In the summer the slopes are transformed into technical tracks to be tackled with mountain bikes in disciplines such as downhill and freeride. During the summer season you can also explore the territory along the trails and make a stop in the many mountain shelters for a refreshing break.