Parco Regionale delle Alpi Apuane
37GF+3P Vagli sotto LU, Italia
Majestic peaks from which there are incredible views of the sea, rugged morphology, deep valleys, spectacular caves, and verdant lakes: the Apuan Alps, which just a few kilometers from the coast of Versilia rise to a height of almost two thousand meters, are a fascinating spectacle of nature.
Since 1985 the Apuan Alps have been protected by the Regional Park of the same name, which has been part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network since 2011. The European Natura 2000 Network also protects these mountains, which preserve the greatest biodiversity in Tuscany. The park stretches between Versilia, on the maritime side of the Apuan Alps, Garfagnana, the inland side, and Lunigiana to the north.
The geographical position and the different nature of the rocks determine the presence of environments with high floristic and faunal biodiversity. Numerous botanical rarities, such as globularia, santolina and pinguicola apuana, can be admired in the wild or in the Ansaldi-Pellegrini Botanical Garden, a splendid alpine garden located in Pian della Fioba, in the municipality of Massa.
Wildlife is also present with species of conservation interest such as the chough (symbol of the park), wolf and golden eagle.