natureNaturalistic attractions

Orecchiella Park

Over 512 square kilometres of wild forest

San Romano in Garfagnana
The Orecchiella Park is a wonderful nature reserve which extends over 512 square kilometres. It includes the Regional Forest and the nature reserves of Lamarossa, Orecchiella, Pania di Corfino – all of which were recently made part of the Tosco-Emiliano Apennine Region National Park. The Nature Museum and Visitors’ Centre, situated inside the nature reserve, represent the various cycles of nature and typical natural habitats of the region. The museum’s approach is clear, interactive and educational. The gallery is particularly attractive for younger visitors beacuse it features many examples of the flora and fauna typical to the park.
The Visitors’ Centre is next to the animal area, where you can see bears, deer, sheep and goats. Not far there's the Mountain Garden (approx one hectare) with 60 species of flowers, bushes and local trees, all criss-crossed by a network of educational footpaths. Near the old Lamarossa refuge, there's a section of the museum dedicated to predators which is also home to summer exhibitions and events.

Centro Visitatori dell'Orecchiella: 0583619098

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San Romano in Garfagnana
Archaeological finds from pre-Roman period delight visitors
The community of San Romano boasts many archaeological finds from the Liguri and Roman periods, which testify to the presence of these ancient populations in this area. HISTORY During the Middle Ages, the area was divided into two feudal lordships. To the north were the more important Gherardinghi, who ruled from their residence in the Verrucole castle, set on the hill of the same name. ...