The Apuane Alps Park
A cross section of prehistoric Italy in the heart of the country
No other brief description would do justice to the Apuane Alps 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. Don’t miss the Pietro Pellegrini Botanical Gardens, the Marmitte dei Giganti, Mount Forato, the Oasi Lipu and the more than 300 quarries which bear witness to a past when Apuane rocks were heavily used in art and building.