Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park

Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park is a state-held natural preserve in Northern and central Italy, located in the heart of an area noted for natural features and for the local quality products and handicrafts. It was founded in 2001, and is included in the provinces of Massa and Carrara, Lucca, Reggio Emilia and Parma.

Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
IUCN category II (national park)
Monte Prado in the park in winter
Location of Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
National Park
LocationEmilia-Romagna, Toscana
Nearest cityLa Spezia
Coordinates44°19′06″N 10°14′26″E
Area227.92 km2 (88.00 sq mi)
Governing bodyMinistero dell'Ambiente


The Park territory includes the mountain area between Cisa and Forbici Passes. The forest ridges separate Tuscany from Emilia. The National Park is not far from the Cinque Terre and Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Parks.

The area is dominated by the summits of Alpe di Succiso, Monte Prado and Monte Cusna (over 2,121 m), lakes, and high-mountain grasslands. In Emilia, Pietra di Bismantova dominates the landscape with its vertical walls. Appennino Tosco Emiliano National Park has a wide range of environments (from grasslands to bilberry moorlands, to the most inaccessible summits. It includes lakes, waterfalls, streams that are enclosed by rocky walls. Wild animals like the wolf, the mouflon, the roe deer, the golden eagle, and many rare botanic species live in the Park.

See also


  • Yearbook of the Italian Parks 2005, edited by Comunicazione in association with Federparchi and the Italian State Tourism Board ISBN 88-7585-011-9
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