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National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines

The National Tuscan-Emilian Apennines Park, created in 2001 covers 26,000 hectares from along the Tuscan Emilian Apennines among the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Massa Carrara and Lucca. This vast area includes some of the highest peaks of the Northern Apennines: Mount Cusna, Mount Prado and Alpe di Succiso, featuring rare botanical and animal species typical of high mountain areas. The National Tuscan-Emilian Apennines Park is full of remnants of natural and historic events which have occurred in these mountains and valleys and it includes a wide variety of habitats and natural elements.


Parco Nazionale Tosco Emiliano JPG



Within this mosaic of habitats, there is an extraordinarily wide range of biodiversity.  The high altitude prairies surround the highest peaks, and a frequently characterized by many different types of plants, with endemic species of particular interest for conservationism, making this area full of natural botanical gardens (such as the glacial circle of Prado mountain, at 2,054 above sea level).  Blueberry bushes grow beyond the tree line, and are dotted with glacial era plants such as rhododendrons and crowberries.

Thick beech and conifer woods, populated by deer and wild boars, also include red firs, white firs and European yews, rare orchids, gentiana, and other typical Apennine species.  Roaring rivers run through the valleys, while serene mountain lakes have formed in the many glacial craters.  Many ponds have become peat bogs over time, where there are rare botanical examples such as sundew.



The renewed presence of natural habitats, the recovery of complex ecosystems and the subsequent abundance of species now present in this park should probably be recognized as one of the most important achievements in terms of nature conservation and recovery of biodiversity in our country.  Among the fauna, there are the golden eagle and the wolf, bigger mammals such as deer and wild boars and many birds.


Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
Via Comunale, 23
54010 Sassalbo di Fivizzano (MS)


Operational Headquarters

Via Enzo Bagnoli, 32

42039 Ligonchio (RE)


Visitor centers and offices

In the main areas of interest and near important sites, there are both offices and visitor centers, who work with accomodation structures in the area.

Visitor centres

Agriturismo Montagna Verde
Via per Apella, 1
54016 Licciana Nardi (MS)
Tel. +39 0187 421203 - 392 9963407

Agriturismo Valle dei Cavalieri

Via Caduti XXV Novembre, 46
42030 Ramiseto (RE)
Tel. + 39 0522 892346

Locanda Il Castagno

Via G. Pascoli, 17
55030 Giuncugnano (LU)
Tel. +39 0583 615025

Rifugio Lagdei

Località Lagdei, 1 - Bosco di Corniglio
43021 Corniglio (PR)
Tel. + 39 0521 889353 - cell. 333 2443053



Office of Corniglio
C/o Ex Colonia Montana
43021 Corniglio (PR)
Tel. +39 0521 880363

Punto operativo c/o la Riserva Statale dell'Orecchiella
Località Orecchiella
55038 San Romano Garfagnana (LU)
Tel. + 39 0583 619098

Tourist information

Tourist Board and Museo del Sughero
Piazza 1° Maggio, 1
Cervarezza Terme-Busana (RE)
Tel. +39 0522 890655

Tourist Board - Castelnovo ne' Monti
Via Roma, 33
Castelnovo ne' Monti (RE)
Tel. +39 0522 810430
Fax: +39 0522 812313

Tourist Board - Reggio Emilia
Piazza C. Prampolini, 5
Reggio Emilia
Tel. +39 0522 451152


Ermes Ambiente

How to get here

The main road that goes through this area is the SS 63, the Cerreto Pass, which connects Reggio Emilia to Aulla passing through Castelnovo ne’ Monti, Busana and Fivizzano;  among the other streets leading to various parts of the park, the most important are those along the bottom of the Secchia Valley (from Modena) and the Enza Valley (from Parma), the SP 665 Massese which from Parma leads to Aulla via the Lagastrello Pass and, near the Tuscan border, the road along the Serchio Valley which from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana goes up through the Pradarena Pass.  Other access roads into the park are the provincial road which from Castelnuovo Garfagnana goes through the Radici Pass and the one from Berceto that goes up through the Silara Pass.
Last modified Jun 29, 2017

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