The park’s flora mainly consists of oak and mixed wooded areas which give way to Mediterranean scrub on the coastal slopes.
The park’s fauna is also varied, the symbol of the park is the coral crab. There is a rich bird life too, with species such as the royal eagle and the red partridge. In short, both the place and the wildlife are quite unique. Don’t miss the Pietro Pellegrini Botanical Gardens, the Marmitte dei Giganti, Mount Forato, the Oasi Lipu and the more than 300 quarries which bear witness to a past when Apuan rocks were heavily used in art and building.
In the Middle Ages there were 160 castles in Lunigiana, only thirty of which are now still in a good state of preservation The most important castles in Lunigiana are La Verrucola, the famous castle of Fivizzano formerly inhabited by the late artist Pietro Cascella, the castle of the Piagnaro in Pontremoli and the Rocca of Villafranca.
|La Verrucola, Fivizzano|
|Villafranca in Lunigiana|
Every year at the end of July beginning of August the Lunatica Festival features a rich calendar of events all over the Lunigiana territory, from dance and theatre shows to music performances. This festival is a great opportunity to explore this lesser-known area, rich in culture, tradition and culinary treasures, a territory of historic hamlets, medieval piazzas, castles and churches.