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Abetone is located in the high Montagna Pistoiese, in the high valley of the Sestaione at an altitude of 1388 mt. above sea level, near the border with Emilia Romagna and rises near the pass of the same name Passo dell'Abetone. Behind it is the Alpe delle Tre Potenze, among the highest summits of the region (1940 mt.), and minor peaks such as Monte Gomito (1825 mt.) and the Selletta (1720 mt.), while in front is the majestic Libro Aperto (1937 mt). 

The territory of Abetone has always been a pass of the Apennine, so much so that it is said to have been used even by Hannibal in order to enter into Etruria. In fact, the ski area of Abetone plays part of the Passo d'Annibale (Hannibal’s Pass) at the height of 1798 mt. above sea level. In 1776 construction of the road uniting Granducato di Toscana with the Ducato di Modena was begun. It was inaugurated May 1, 1781. During the construction an Abete (spruce tree) was cut down – it was so large that that six people could not get their arms it – and from that, was born the name Abetone. 

Abetone is the main centre of the ski area of the same name, made up of nearly 50 Km of slopes and runs, for a total of 30 runs, served by 22 lift systems managed by the Multipass consortium. The ski resort is divided into three main areas: the first area, toward the Tuscan side of Abetone, is made up of historic Abetone slopes comprised of two blue runs for beginners Selletta and Chierroni, two easy slopes which run through the middle of the woods, and the Riva, a red slope suitable for anyone that arrives at almost 1200 mt. Besides that, there are some variants that connect different runs, like the red Foresto that connects the Selletta and the Riva. The area is served by a careening two-seat ski lift. The second area is made up of slopes toward the Emilia side of the town: includes Abetone’s three best known runs, Zeno, designed by the ski champion Zeno Colò (the runs, one black and two red, are suitable for everyone, they unwind through the woods from a height of nearly 1820 mt. to around 1300 mt.), the simple and entertaining Pulicchio and the Stucchi, a nice run of medium difficulty. The systems are two ski lifts, one with benches on one with a large cable car. The third area includes the runs of the val di Luce, site of wide and well-lit slopes, it is made up of three main runs (Passo d'Annibale, Alpe delle tre Potenze, Celina Seghi) of easy or medium difficult and is served by three four-seat ski lifts and one two-seater. Today the Abetone is considered the most distinguished ski resort among those of the Apennine. In the summer, Abetone is known for the ample possibility of summer sports. Of particular interest is the high-altitude walks both toward Monte Gomito as well as Monte Cimone. The medium-difficulty, up-hill walk toward Libro Aperto is very beautiful. Abetone is moreover a centre equipped for mountain-bike trips, tennis and soccer.

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Hotel La Valle
Via Carega, 10
51333, Cutigliano (Pistoia)
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