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Botanical Garden, Abetone
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Abetone’s Botanical Gardens

Safeguarding natural treasures

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Strada Provinciale 20
Located in a woodsy area belonging to the Tuscan Region, the Abetone’s Forested Botanical Garden is managed by the Comunità Montana dell’Appennino Pistoiese. It includes a forest, a small rocky garden and a lake. There, you’ll find many plants and flowers that are typical of the Apennine forests and pasturelands such as primroses, bluebells, lilies and orchids. In this area characterized by limestone formations, you’ll also find evergreen vegetation and sassafras.

Created thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Tuscan region, the National Forestry Board, local mountain communities and Tuscan universities, this botanical garden is part of the Pistoia Mountain’s Eco-Museum. Its aim is to uphold and safeguard this area’s natural treasures, linked to the Nature Reserve of Campolino. Created in 1972—to protect Europe’s southern-most native red fir trees—the reserve hosts over 350 species of trees and bushes. The idea to create a Botanical Garden in the Abetone area was developed in 1980, thanks to Dr. Federico Strada, an enthusiastic cultivator of alpine flowers. From 1981 to 1983 (following various meetings with local agencies, universities and forestry departments), organizers chose a perfect spot for the garden: a lush oasis not far from the Campolino Nature Reserve, in the high Setaione Valley.

The rare flora of the Appenine forests is like an open-air nature museum. Three quarters of the Abetone Botanical and Forestry Gardens are covered by wooded land. The remaining area has a small rocky garden and a lake. Despite being quite new, the Botanical and Forestry Gardens has been able to increase its activities and collections to become a truly integrated museum. The Gardens have decided to add to their didactic activities by constructing a Polo Didattico (Education Centre) in Fontana Vaccaia. This multifunctional centre welcomes schools and other groups. Visitors can also go to the Documentation Centre (called Centro Naturalistico Archeologico del'Appennino Pistoiese) in Campo Tizzoro. This centre houses prehistoric artefacts found in the north western part of the region, such as the skeleton of a cave bear. The museum examines the history of human settlements in the area and has interesting models of ancient houses and buildings.

Access for the disabled: Partial

Contact: ecomuseopt.it
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