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La Riserva naturale Acquerino Cantagallo

Natural Protected Area of Local Interest (ANPIL) at Alta Carigiola and Monte delle Scalette

An area dominated by deep valleys, steep slopes and rocky outcrops

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Surface area: 990 hectares
Managed by the municipalities of Cantagallo and Vernio and the Mountain Community of the Val di Bisenzio

This protected area is one of deep valleys, steep slopes and rocky outcrops at the head of the valley. This geology along with the presence of so much water means that the area is full of streams, small torrents, waterfalls and crystal clear pools of water. Thanks to the rugged nature of the landscape, human habitation has always been quite sparse and people tended to stay near villages and agricultural areas such as Gavigno and Alpe di Cavarzano. The woods used to be cultivated, in particular for chestnuts, in fact, today many areas of chestnut trees can be found although widespread harvesting of their nuts is no longer carried out.

The lack of human contamination in the area means that the landscape and nature has been able to develop freely. Vast wooded areas cover most of the protected zone and the most interesting parts of the forest are to be found were human activity has been most limited. Many of the trees are quite ancient and fascinating to study. On the mountainous summit of the hills there are wide grassy pastures. Visitors can access the protected area from either Gavigno or Alpe di Cavarzano. Many CAI footpaths cross the protected area such as footpath number 00 (‘Italia’ footpath) which runs down the spine of the whole country along the Apennine ridge.

For more information:
Provincia di Prato 0574 534331 areeprotette@provincia.prato.it
Comune di Cantagallo 0574 95681 www.comune.cantagallo.po.it
Comunità Montana Val di Bisenzio 0574 931211 www.cmvaldibisenzio.it
Comune di Vernio 0574 931011 www.comune.vernio.po.it
Discovering pristine woods and majestic trees
What characterizes Cantagallo more than anything else is its panoramic, woodsy setting, abundant in charm and bursts of beech and chestnut trees. It is also home to classic conifers and mixed, forested stretches, along with more monument-esque examples of trees, too, such as the centuries-old Faggione di Luogomano (a large beech), the crown of which covers an astonishing surface of ...