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Something about Catarcione


Nice crag of magmatic rock (trachite), on the slope of the Monte Amiata faced to Siena, with a short and comfortable approach and routes of various difficulties (from very easy to hard).

The rock is excellent and the cliff is in a wood, thus is almost always in shadow.

The cliff is not high, so the routes are short or of medium length.  The climbing style is slabby, through vertical or inclined walls, sometimes bouldery, always technical and requires a lot of footwork. The holds are mainly pockets, buckets, cracks.

The space under the routes is wide and comfortable, thus good for families with children.


From Siena, take the SS2 Cassia road toward Rome, then follow the signs to Abbadia San Salvatore. Once at Abbadia San Salvatore, follow the signs to Vetta Amiata (Amiata Peak).

From Grosseto, take the Siena/Grosseto SS223 road, and exit at Paganico direction Monte Amiata / Castel del Piano. The continue following the signs to  Vetta Amiata (Amiata Peak). Once at the Prato delle Macinaie follow the signs to Cantore, them, before Cantore, follow the signs to Abbadia San Salvatore.

From Rome, take the A1 highway direction Firenze, and exit at Chiusi or Orvieto, then follow the signs to Monte Amiata/Abbadia San Salvatore