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Natural parks of Tuscany

December 15, 2019

Between breathtaking landscapes and a rich vegetation, here is an itinerary immersed in the Tuscan natur

Caves to explore, animals to photograph, paths among small rivers, meadows where you can stop for a picnic, relaxing walks perfect for children and more challenging routes for experienced walkers. The natural parks of Tuscany are numerous and full of unforgettable surprises. Here the most beautiful ones!

Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano

Between the passes of the Cisa and the Scissors, the wooded ridges that separate Tuscany from Emilia give way to a real mountain environment. The peaks of Alpe di Succiso, Monte Prado and Monte Cusna exceed 2000 metres, the forests make way for rocks, lakes and high altitude meadows. Further down, on the Emilian side, the unmistakable Pietra di Bismantova dominates the landscape with its vertical walls. The National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines boasts an extraordinary richness of environments, from prairies to blueberry moors to the most impervious peaks; and also lakes, waterfalls, ponds, rocky walls that stand out against the torrents; animals such as wolves, mouflons, roe deer, golden eagles and botanical rarities that make entire areas real natural botanical gardens. The tourist value of this natural area also focuses on quality products and services at competitive prices, excellent facilities for sports activities and relaxation.

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Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago Toscano

The Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the largest marine park in Europe, protects 56,766 hectares of sea and 17,887 hectares of land. It includes the seven main islands of the Tuscan Archipelago and some smaller islands and rocks: the islands of Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona and Montecristo, part of the island of Elba, Giglio and the whole island of Pianosa. It also extends to the sea to the islands of Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona, Montecristo and Pianosa. Like the pearls of a necklace, each island is different from the other. Each island preserves the traces of its history, each island is unique, original, with only one feature in common: the beauty of its nature.

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Parco nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi

The Park stands out, from a naturalistic point of view, as one of the most valuable forest areas in Europe, whose heart is made up of the Casentino State Forests, inside which there is the Sasso Fratino Integral Nature Reserve. The Forests Park represents a large protected area in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, including some of the largest and best preserved forests and woods in Italy, guardian of a high floristic heritage and a fauna of great interest that includes wolves and golden eagles among the great predators and various species of ungulates. The forests and the numerous natural environments frame the signs of man's millenary presence: villages, mule tracks and above all two sanctuaries of absolute charm such as Camaldoli and La Verna.

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Parco Regionale delle Alpi Apuane

The Apuan Alps, situated in northern Tuscany, stand out from the nearby Apennines thanks to their very rugged morphology, with their deeply incised valleys and imposing and very inclined slopes. The Apuan Alps are known for the beauty of their marble and for the deep abysses and large cavities of the karst subsoil.
The geographical position of the massif, its exposure and the different nature of the rocks determine the presence of very varied and contrasting environments, which favour the floristic and faunal richness of the territory.

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Parco Regionale della Maremma

The Maremma Regional Park, also known as the Uccellina Park, extends along the stretch of coast between Principina a Mare and Talamone and is bordered inland by the Livorno-Rome railway. The Park has been awarded the Diploma of the European Community and from the landscape point of view the area is rich and suggestive, characterized by different geographical elements: the ridge of the Uccellina mountains with the 417 m of Poggio Lecci, the last stretch of the Ombrone river, which separates the alluvial plain partially reclaimed, from the marshy area of Trappola, the coast now characterized by long sandy stretches and steep cliffs.

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Parco Regionale di Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli

The Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli, established in 1979, extends for about 24,000 hectares along the coast between Viareggio and Livorno. Although it is at the centre of a highly urbanized area, this territory has maintained almost intact its natural characteristics, so much so that it is one of the rare examples of an unbuilt coastal area. At the centre of the Park is the former Presidential Estate of S. Rossore, once the direct property of the President of the Republic (formerly the King of Italy) and since 1999 owned by the Region of Tuscany, which has delegated its management to the Park Authority.

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Parco provinciale di Montioni

It extends for about 7000 hectares between the Valley of the rivers Cornia and Pecora, in the hilly system between Massa Marittima and Suvereto. These hills, of medium altitude, are covered by woods mainly of holm-oak, and constitute a vegetal landscape closely linked to the action of man, in particular to the production of coal and the cutting of the wood. In the heart of the park further signs of man emerge from the remains of the alum quarries (used for tanning skins and fixing colours on fabrics), and from the mining village of the Napoleonic era wanted by Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister. Of great interest is also the faunistic aspect, for the conspicuous number of ungulates in the free state: wild boars, fallow deer and roe deer. Inside the Park, which has an interprovincial character, occupying the territory of two provinces, Livorno and Grosseto, there are two state nature reserves: Marsiliana (440 hectares) and Poggio Tre Cancelli (100 hectares).

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Parco provinciale dei Monti Livornesi

The natural park of Monti Livornesi includes the territories located in the municipalities of Livorno, Collesalvetti and Rosignano M.mo. The park offers an unmissable spectacle between nature and history, in a rich and diversified natural setting of sea and Mediterranean maquis, green rocks and crystal clear water courses. The paths, ideal for trekking on foot, mountain bike or horseback (along the 200 km of the provincial bridle path that connects the main protected areas of the Livorno territory to the Interprovincial Park of Montioni), wind through interesting plant formations to discover the traces of past civilizations.

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