CASENTINO FORESTS NATIONAL PARK
The national park of the Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna extends between the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, in particular between the provinces of Arezzo, Forlì-Cesena and Florence and covers an area of almost 40 thousand hectares. An immense extension of woods and a natural oasis hidden for centuries by religious communities who built hermitages and monasteries here.
In the landscape the signs of man have not disappeared, but frozen by abandonment: houses, majesty, bridges, mule tracks lead the hiker to discover a civilization, that of the so-called "Romagna Toscana" which has its own particular characteristics. The Hermitage and the Monastery of Camaldoli, the Sanctuary of La Verna and the natural environment in which they are immersed offer the visitor very intense emotions.
The park is divided into 4 zones, represented by the letters A, B, C and D, in decreasing order of protection.
In zone A, the integral reserve, the natural environment is preserved in its entirety, and you reach zone D which includes urban and tourist centres.
Given the enormous extension of the park, flora and fauna are very varied, so much so that over 1,300 plant species have been recorded, of which over 1,000 are indigenous. As for animals, here is the most important population of wolves in the entire northern Apennines, constantly monitored using non-invasive techniques by the State Forestry Corps. Roe deer, deer, fallow deer, wild boars and golden eagles also live here and it is not at all difficult to spot them, particularly in the evening hours.