The surface area of the Park extends over more than 38,000 hectares, from Monte Falterona to the north to Passo dei Mandrioli to the south, with the landscape changing from one side to the next. The Tuscan portion has a sweet simplicity about it, while the Emilia Romagna side is steep and rugged. These magnificent forests are home to hermitages and monasteries, such as La Verna and Camaldoli, sites that have both been ideal hubs for cultivating spirituality and meditation for centuries. Immersed in nature and far from worldly distractions, it is easy to see why.
These age-old forests have remained intact through the centuries thanks to the foresight of both monks and forest administrators: these were the forests of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, which supplied valuable timber to arsenals in Livorno and Pisa and to the Opera del Duomo in Florence.