Lost in Tuscan-Emilian Apennines


Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park

Mountain and forest national park Tuscan-Emilian Apennine is UNESCO biosphere reserve between Emilia and Tuscany. Two regions and four districts: Reggio and Parma in Emilia Romagna on the north side, Massa Carrara and Lucca with historic territories of Lunigiana and Garfagnana in Tuscany, on the south side.

Municipalities within the MaB UNESCO reserve

Parma: Berceto, Calestano, Corniglio, Monchio delle Corti, Langhirano, Lesignano, Neviano degli Arduini, Palanzano, Tizzano Val Parma

Reggio Emilia: Baiso, Ventasso, Canossa, Carpineti, Casina, Castelnovo ne’ Monti, Toano, Vetto, Vezzano, Villa Minozzo

Modena: Frassinoro

Lucca: Castelnuovo Garfagnana, Giuncugnano-Sillano, Piazza al Serchio, Pieve Fosciana, San Romano in Garfagnana, Villa Collemandina

Massa Carrara: Bagnone, Casola in Lunigiana, Comano, Filattiera, Fivizzano, Fosdinovo, Licciana Nardi, Villafranca in Lunigiana

Places to discover

Renaissance theatre Teatro Farnese and the Palatine Library, Biblioteca Palatina, established in 1761 by Duke of Parma Philip Bourbon, the second-largest collection of Hebrew manuscripts in the world after the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the largest in Italy

18 km far from Parma Castle of Torrechiara and fresco cycle of the Golden Room inside

Berceto, Calestano, Corniglio, Monchio delle Corti, Langhirano, Lesignano de’ Bagni, Neviano degli Arduini, Palanzano e Tizzano Val Parma: the small villages of Appennines in the province of Parma, famous for culinary tradition of its ham and cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, but also for the ancient great history

Castell’Arquato, the view from Vernasca and the castle of the medieval town of Vigoleno. The valley of the Taro river, a tributary of the Po, and its villages like Compiano, close to the territories of the ancient Republic of Genoa

Then, on the road from Emilia Romagna to Tuscany

deep green, the Apuan Alps

Italian breakfast in the small villages of Tuscan-Emilian Apennines means cappuccino and gnocco fritto, a dough of flour and water rolled out with a rolling pin and divided into pieces with rhombus shapes: I remember my grandma’s hands work quickly, cut and throw in the oil one piece after another; the smell of fried dough and her face absorbed

Follow the street

towards the blue
the sea and Versilia coast

traveling through time and spaces
feel the air
towards new discoveries
human landscape on the horizon

every place has a unique smell


One Reply to “Lost in Tuscan-Emilian Apennines”

  1. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to
    my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I
    had to tell someone!

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