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Lovers watch the sky, feel the universe as the ideal place to guest their love….Wish to share romance with your loved one in a very special place?

On Pistoia mountains there is one. There you can watch the sky in a special way: the Astronomical Observatory in San Marcello!

And take the chance to visit the fantastic ski resort at short distance, or the cosy art town of Pistoia……there will be surprises for your senses……

Further information can be found here:

http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/intoscana2/export/TurismoRTen/sito-TurismoRTen/Contenuti/Elementi-interesse/Mostre-permanenti/visualizza_asset.html_1853830198.html

Think about the stars, and then a fireplace, a relaxed athmosphere in a Tuscan farmhouse or a mountain cottage…..here we are, you need to come to Pistoia mountains!

info:   info@pistoia.turismo.toscana.it

           aptpistoia@gmail.com

or check here to find packages: https://mountainsoftuscany.wordpress.com/ski-travel-packages/

of course these offers can be customized! just get in touch!

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Did you know? If you travel for the ski season and are at least 15 people, we can grant you great incentives and discounts as:

Contributions for transport expenses (coach, aeroplane, train)
Contributions for ski-lifts systems expenses
Contributions for guides and tour leaders

 Province of Pistoia, Official Tourism Board “Abetone, Pistoia, Pistoia Mountains”
 and  the “Pistoiese Apennine” Mountain Community support groups for two kinds of holidays:

– ski holidays

– green holidays

Here enclosed you find the details of the available incentives and the application form to be filled in and submitted to our adminstration.

If you need further information get in touch at aptpistoia@gmail.com

Last minute decision? Wish to go skiing and  still haven’t booked anything? well first go and check flights to Pisa or Florence, there are a variety of low cost companies connecting from all over Europe, and airlines connecting from anywhere to Tuscany.

Then, enjoy the fantastic ski resorts of Abetone and Montagna Pistoiese,  a variety of ski runs matching with the different needs and tastes of people going to ski: young people willing to experience snow board as well as ski, families with kids needing to learn, relaxing time at hotels with the chance to taste good Tuscan food…

and art cities as Pistoia and Florence are at less than 1 hour drive!

Let’s start planning your trip, check possible accommodation and offers here, and if you wish tailor made solutions send us an email! aptpistoia@gmail.com

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HAPPY 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Waiting for the snow becoming perfect for skiing, people here on holidays or coming for the holiday season in February, have many chances to discover our beautiful land, with its nature, wine&food, culture.

Villages up on the mountains can be discovered in order to know the past of the people living here, a past whose signs and traditions are still alive thanks to Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese, in particular in the Museo della Gente dell’Appennino Pistoiese in Rivoreta (museum dedicate to Pistoia’s Appenine people), close to Abetone, which I suggest to visit.

There are actually people still keeping the old traditions, doing the hard jobs on mountains areas, with a strong contact with nature: in fact Museum’s aim is to connect the past to the present,  and it does it in a very innovating way, stimulating interaction with visitors and their creativity, there is also a Toys Lab. I think this is a good way to keep the past alive, let generations know what was going on, and not loose that, because it still is a great resource.

During winter time this Museum is open on week-ends only, for any information contact:

I.A.T. Abetone  Tel.  +39 0573 60231 

We are almost at the end of Christmas holiday season, but for us there still is a last celebration, that of “BEFANA” the elderly lady flying on her sweep and filling with toys the socks kids prepared….everything between tomorrow night and the January 6th, the official Epifania, where the feast comes from. The origin of the feast is related to Christians traditions, and to the story of the three kings coming from far away taking to Jesus Christ their gifts……guided by a star!

Befana is a great tradition for us, many small events are going on tomorrow and on Jan. 6th. Please get in touch writing at aptpistoia@gmail.com to receive detailed info!

Skiing season has started, and Pistoia mountains are ready to welcome you!

Check snow reports on http://www.pistoia.turismo.toscana.it

orange: closed   green: open

on the following table you will find a list of the open and closed plants and ski runs, at the moment available in Italian, but you can easily understand that red means closed and green open!

on the next days I will update this info, but in case you need further info please send us an email at: aptpistoia@gmail.com!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
   
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N. Mappa
 ABETONE
Chiuso
Aperto
Portata persone
Portata oraria persone
Quota partenza
Quota arrivo
Dislivello
Lunghezza
Tempo percorrenza
2 TAPIS ROULANT CAMPO PULICCHIO chiuso
 
 
 
 
0
 
 
5 SEGGIOVIA QUADRIPOSTO REGINE aperto
4
2200
1282,8
1704
421,2
1838
6’53”
7 TAPIS ROULANT KINDER PARK LA MACCHIONA chiuso
 
 
 
 
0
 
 
8 TAPIS ROULANT KINDER PARK CAMPO SCUOLA REGINE chiuso
 
 
 
 
0
 
 
9 TAPIS ROULANT CAMPO SCUOLA aperto
 
600
1370
1380
10
50
1′
10 SEGGIOVIA ABETONE SELLETTA aperto
2
1200
1390
1704
314
1465
9′
11 SEGG. CAMPO SCUOLA ABETONE aperto
2
1200
1349
1375
26
155
 
12 SEGG. CAMPO TENNIS aperto
3
1800
1342
1374
32
195
1′ 6”
13 TAPIS ROULANT CAMPO OVOVIA aperto
 
800
 
 
0
 
 
14 SEGGIOVIA V. IMPERATORI SELLETTA chiuso
2
750
1365
1700
335
1247
8′
16 SCIOVIA GOMITO chiuso
 
720
1680
1875
195
704
4′
18 TELECABINA OVOVIA aperto
8
2400
1330
1892
562
2200
7′
19 SCIOVIA ZENO 3 OVOVIA chiuso
 
900
1330
1620
290
1100
 
20 SEGGIOVIA PULICCHIO chiuso
4
2400
1240
1680
440
1800
6′
21 SCIOVIA BAGGIOLEDA chiuso
 
900
1440
1640
200
800
 
22 SEGGIOVIA VAL DI LUCE TRE POTENZE chiuso
4
2220
1503
1866
363
1240
8′ 15″
23 SEGGIOVIA VAL DI LUCE MONTE GOMITO aperto
4
2000
1520
1892
372
1055
7′ 01″
24 SEGGIOVIA VAL DI LUCE PASSO DI ANNIBALE aperto
3
1800
1503
1807
304
1034
7′ 30″
26 SEGGIOVIA P.SSO SPRELLA aperto
4
2400
1465
1535
70
400
2′ 44″
27 SCIOVIA JOLLY chiuso
 
720
1500
1572
72
320
2′ 00″
28 SCIOVIA ABETINA chiuso
 
717
1465
1480
15
197
1′ 20″
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22927
     
12097
 
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IMPIANTI CUTIGLIANO-DOGANACCIA
Chiuso
Aperto
Portata persone Portata oraria persone Quota partenza Quota arrivo Dislivello Lunghezza Tempo percorrenza
40 FUNIVIA CUTIGLIANO DOGANACCIA aperto
45
660
731
1516
785
3050
7′
41 FUNIVIA DOGANACCIA CROCE ARCANA chiuso
15
620
1546
1795
249
1000
3′ 30″
42 SCIOVIA FAGGIO DI MARIA chiuso
 
750
1446
1716
270
825
5′ 30″
43 SCIOVIA CAMPO SCUOLA 1 aperto
 
750
1435
1598
163
720
4′
44 SCIOVIA CAMPO SCUOLA 2 chiuso
 
700
1435
1594
159
700
4′
  
N. Mappa PISTE DA SCI ABETONE Chiusa
Aperta
Quota partenza Quota arrivo Dislivello Lunghezza Difficoltà Innevamento programmato  
5
Campi Scuola Le Regine chiusa 1252  1198 54 300  Blu    
6
Chierroni chiusa 1704 1282,8 421,2 2300 Blu    
7
Selletta aperta 1704 1390 314 2800 Blu    
8
Giulio Ferrari aperta 1374 1342 32 220 Blu    
9
Campo Scuola Abetone aperta 1375 1349 26 200 Blu    
10
Foresto chiusa 1700 1570 130 700 Rossa    
11
Riva chiusa 1700 1365 335 2300 Rossa    
12
Stucchi chiusa 1892 1330 562 3000 Rossa    
13
Monte Gomito 1 chiusa 1875 1680 195 1300 Blu    
14
Monte Gomito 2 chiusa 1875 1680 195 1500 Rossa    
15
Zeno 1 chiusa 1892 1550 342 1300 Nera    
16
Zeno 2 aperta 1892 1330 562 2500 Rossa    
17
Variante Zeno 3 – Zeno 2 chiusa 1610  1310  300 1350  Rossa    
18
Zeno 3 aperta 1892 1330 562 2600 Rossa    
19
Pista Slalom (gare allenamenti) chiusa 1620 1330 290 1300 Rossa    
20
Raccordo Pulicchio Zeno 3 chiusa 1780 1680 100 850 Rossa    
21
Seghi chiusa 1680 1235 445 2100 Blu    
22
Pulicchio chiusa 1680 1450 230 1200 Rossa    
23
Coppi 1 chiusa 1680 1440 240 1500 Blu    
24
Coppi 2 chiusa 1680 1240 440 2200 Rossa    
25
Raccordo Zeno 3 Pulicchio chiusa 1700  1480  220 710 Rossa    
26
Otto aperta 1790 1690 100 700 Rossa    
28
Passo d’Annibale chiusa 1807 1503 304 2500 Rossa/Blu    
29
Tre Potenze chiusa 1866 1503 363 2800 Rossa/Blu    
30
Roccione chiusa 1730 1520 210 900 Rossa    
32
Celina Seghi aperta 1892 1520 372 2400 Rossa    
33
Abetina chiusa 1572 1500 72 500 Blu    
34
Jolly chiusa 1480 1465 15 200 Blu    
35
Sprella aperta 1535 1465 70 800 Blu    
  Snowpark Ovovia 1 chiusa 1850 1600 250 700 Rossa     
  Snowpark Ovovia 2  chiusa 1700 1550 150 300 Rossa     
  Snowpark Val di Luce  chiusa         Rossa     
  TOTALE         44030      
  
N. Mappa PISTE DA SCI DOGANACCIA Chiusa
Aperta
Quota partenza Quota arrivo Dislivello Lunghezza Difficoltà Innevamento programmato  
50 Chierroni chiusa 1793 1574 219 2120 Blu/Rossa 35%  
51 Faggio di Maria chiusa 1793 1435 358 1540 Rossa 100%  
52 Direttissima chiusa 1793 1435 358 1390 Rossa/Nera 100%  
53 Angela chiusa 1793 1446 347 1490 Rossa 50%  
54 Campo scuola aperta 1598 1435 163 960 Blu 100%  
55 Pista 2 aperta 1598 1435 163 1080 Blu 100%  
56 Pista 3 aperta 1598 1435 163 1050 Blu/Rossa 100%  
 57 Paginone 2 chiusa 1645 1446 199 780 Nera 100%  
 58 Raccordino chiusa 1598 1446 152 470 Rossa 100%  
 59 Panoramica chiusa 1793 1598 195 3500 Blu 45%  
  TOTALE         14380      
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PISTE DI FONDO COMPRENSORIO
               
  Maiori Abetone
chiusa 1400 1450 50 8000 Facile    
  Anello Lazzi Doganaccia
chiusa 1415 1470 55 7300 Facile    
  Anello Croce Arcana
chiusa 1537 1734 197 3700 Media    
  Orto di Giovannino Pian di Novello (non funzionante)
chiusa              
  Casetta Pulledrari – Maresca
chiusa 1222 1300 78 6000 Media/facile    
                     

 

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Snow arrived, finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tuscany mountains of Pistoia are waiting for you! Fly low cost to Pisa or Florence, and you will easily reach our beatiful ski resorts…..and maybe take the chance to visit Pistoia art city as well!

want more information? write us at aptpistoia@gmail.com!

Travelling around in Tuscany you meet with such different realities, from a natural point of view, as well as from historical, art, cultural and social point of views.  

Well, I was once driving up on the hills and mountains of Pistoia, and asked myself the origin of those special features of the territory, the reasons of the athmosphere you find there.

My first answer was: mountains. The second was: we are on the borderline with Emilia Romagna…..

Here a few notes on a very interesting project trying to make the boundaries area a tourist area of interest.  There is also a specific webisite where you can find info, gps maps for biking and trekking over there: http://aptpistoia.megamente.com/index_EN.cfm

The mountains, as natural obstacles, are often considered borders destined to separate opposing sides. However, border areas can not be thought of solely as dividing elements: they must be considered for their most important characteristics, and seen as “centres in evolution and expansion, small worlds with their own value and able to attract and bond closely men and places” (Febvre).

 Among the elements that distinguish border areas, especially in the mountain, were the roads that lead to the mountain passes, the shelters for travelers (churches, hospices and inns), the border stations or other military or commercial control structures.

 The mountain area was, not only in the past, marked by defined settlements (castles or villages), by extensive woodland, by pasture land, streams dotted with factories and thick network of footpaths. The mountain, which dominated and continues to dominate over all this, is a natural and breachable boundary – depending on the seasons.  

The evidence of the material culture, traditions and folk tales, and even the relations of governing officers, tell us of a difficult world with meagre resources.

The beautiful historical maps, almost like old “photographs” from the past, show us the mountain landscape as it was, until it’s transformations of the modern age.

Taking inspiration from this rich documentary asset, the project “The ancient boundaries of the Mountainof Pistoia” acts as a meeting point for historical research and the modern needs for tourism (culture and sport), as well as education, hoping to conserve the original characteristics of the territory and an awareness of ecology.

Very often one thinks of boundaries as a line that separates two realities, be it states, communities, or other. An imaginary line, sometimes linked to natural obstacles such as mountains or rivers, and often linked to political and human events. In reality, as many historians as Lucien Febvre have taught us, mountains, rivers and forests, although they are dividing points, they are also “centres in evolution and expansion, small worlds with their own value and able to attract and bond closely men and places(L.Febvre, The Earth and Human Evolution, Turin 1980).

More notes on this project on future posts………meanwhile, I would like to hear about your world boundaries: are they physical, as mountains and rivers,   or lakes…or Oceans?

what do you think is the influence of physical boundaries on social life, therefore on your psycological, inner life?