Lake Santo
Apennine Tosco/Emiliano National Park
magnificent view on Alpi Apuane Park
from the Apennine Tosco/Emiliano National Park
Foce di Giovo pass
with the view on Vinca valley

Parks and mountain

Lunigiana region is a mountainous area

despite being just a few kilometres from the sea of Liguria and Toscana,

because is surrounded by two parks with their wonderful mountains, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park and the Apuan Alps Regional Park

The Apennine ridge is part of the Tuscan-Emilian National Apennine Park and the landscape here varies from ancient chestnut woods to rolling hills and grassy heathland at an altitude of over 2000m. There are numerous footpaths for hiking.

During the winter months, it’s possible to hike with snowshoes to the nearby ski slopes at Cerreto Laghi.

There are several pass for crossing to other region, like Cisa, Cirone, Cerreto or Lagastrello, that is dotted with the ruins of the ancient Linari convent, used throughout the Medieval period by merchants and pilgrims .

At Iera, near Bagnone, you can walk up to the Alpine pastures near Tornini, full renovated few years ago, and spend the night here for free. The ancient constructions here on the pastures have long been used by shepherds, charcoal burners and famers.

The Apuan Alps are equally rich in history. These mountains are known all over the world for their marble quarries but this an environmental problem for the maintenance of landscape of the Park. The Pizzo d’Ucello mountain give you the sensation to be on Dolomites and the hamlet of Equi Terme that is sits at the foot of this mountain well-worth a visit, especially for its ancient cave. Hikers will enjoy the footpaths in the valley near Vinca, a hamlet at the foot of Mount Grondilice, where there is a network of footpaths of varying difficulty that head into the mountains.

The footpath up to the summit of Mount Sagro is stunning beautiful and also quite easy going, have a wonderful panoramic view from the summit and on a clear day it’s possible to see as far as Corsica.

No other brief description would do justice to the Apuane Alps regional Park. Man has made his home in this immense area that covers approximately 20,598 hectares since prehistoric times. The highest point in the park is Mount Pisanino which reaches an altitude of 1947m and which looks over a rocky valley. The park is wild and uncontaminated and its limestone mountains hide underground tunnels and deep wells. In fact, there are 1300 caves such as the Antro del Corchia, the deepest abyss in Italy.

The park’s flora mainly consists of oak and mixed wooded areas which give way to Mediterranean scrub on the coastal slopes. The park’s fauna is also varied, the symbol of the park is the coral crab. There is a rich bird life too, with species such as the royal eagle and the red partridge. In short, both the place and the wildlife are quite unique.