Set in nature, between villages and museums, this is one of the most beautiful travel destinations of the Amiata.
The closest to the peak as the crow flies, it is one of the most famous tourist centers. “Nature formed a little valley of approximately eight levels, fenced in by rugged cliffs. Ancient people built a village there, well defended by a moat full of running water.” This is one of the oldest descriptions of the site, found in the Commentaries of Pius II.
Arriving from Cassia, the first encounter with Abbadia is with a modern town with wide, tree-lined streets. Things change when, passing through the medieval village, visitors reach the true Abbazia (Abbey), one of the most important sites in Tuscany’s complex medieval history.
South of this is the Castle, reached by three more or less parallel streets. Here are the churches of Santa Croce (from 1221, rebuilt in the 1800’s) and of Sant’Angelo (from 1313; today it is a private home). You must also see the medieval palace of the Podestà (or of Justice) and Palazzo del Popolo.
Outside the first line of walls, the 13th century church of San Leonardo also gives the village a partially ancient appearance. Beyond the oldest part of Abbadia are the 16th century church of the Madonna dei Remedi, housing a cycle of Nasini frescoes, and the 15th century church of the Madonna del Castagno, on the road to Amiata.