The national park

The National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines was established in May 21, 2001 by a Decree of the Preseident of the Italian Republic. Its territory extends over 22,000 hectares along the Apennines mountain range between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany affecting the provinces of Massa-Carrara, Lucca, Parma and Reggio Emilia.

The National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines borders with 4 State Nature Reserve:

  • Pania of Corfino
  • Guadine Pradaccio
  • Lamarossa
  • Orecchiella


The Authority of the National Park is a “public body, independent and non-economic” whose activity is regulated by the law no. 394/1991 on protected areas. The Authority is subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Environment. The decree establishing the birth of the National Park is dated to May, 21 2001, and makes the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines one of the four youngest Italian National Park. The territory of the new born National Park includes areas previously belonging to regional parks as the Gigante and the Cento Laghi, along with territories that were never joined in protected areas.


The territory of the National Park covers an area of 23.613 hectares, 16.424 of which in Emilia-Romagna and 7.189 in Tuscany. The park territory spreads into the provinces of Lucca, Massa Carrara, Parma and Reggio Emilia, between the valleys of Dolo, Asta, Secchia, Enza, Cedra, Bratica and Parma rivers in the emilian side and the valleys of Taverone and Rosaro rivers in the Tuscan side. The National Park protect territories belonging to 16 different municipalities: Giuncugnano, San Romano in Garfagnana and Villa Collemandina in the Province of Lucca; Comano, Filattiera, Fivizzano Licciana Nardi and Bagnone in the Province of Massa Carrara; Corniglio and Monchio delle Corti in the province of Parma; Busana, Castelnuovo né Monti, Collagna, Ligonchio, Ramiseto and Villa Minozzo in the Province of Reggio Emilia.

The highest section of the Apennines rise between the pass of Cirone and Forbici where peaks like Succiso, Prado and Cusna are over 2000 meters. Further down, in the Emilian side, the Pietra di Bismantova dominates the landscape with its vertical cliffs alongside the river Secchia. The National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines has a great wealth of environments, from the chestnut to the beech forest, from the grassland – ancient pastures for thousands of sheep – , to moors of blueberry plants, glacial lakes, waterfalls, walls rock like the old Pietra di Bismantova or the Triassic Chalks Valley. The fauna is represented by animals such as wolves, deers, roe deers, badgers and eagles; Rare plants convert some areas into natural botanic gardens of primary importance. The tourist value of the National Park is also represented by local products such as Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese on the Emilian side, Lunigiana honey and Farro from Garfagnana on the Tuscan side.

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