park Garfagnana area north of Lucca
Dominated by the broad high plain of Pania di Corfino,
a natural reserve since 1980, it owes its good fortune
to its natural disposition as an ideal place and perfect
habitat for large wildlife, such as various types of deer
and moufflon for their repopulation of the territory. An
uncontaminated place, within easy access from San Romano
in Garfagnana, it is visited by thousands of tourists
throughout the year.
the magnificent Orecchiella Natural Park lies half-hour
drive from Piazza al Serchio, one of the principal Garfagnino
towns. An easy walk from the Visitor Center leads
one to the Botanical Garden, which highlights the Orecchiella's
A series of trails heads from here to
the summit of Pania al Corfino, a dramatic limestone
peak that dominates the Serchio valley.
At over 1600m the Pania is one of the highest peaks in
Tuscany, affording climbers with panoramic views of the
Serchio river valley and the entire majestic Apuane Alps
There are many fine circuit trails around the Pania and
elsewhere in the park.
There are typical gastronomic stands
offering the simple yet flavourful cuisine of the Garfagnana zone
From the Orecchiella Natural Park to the Apuane National
Park there is much to offer on largely uncrowded trails
The Orecchiella Park has a variety of rare flora, due
to the fact that it is something of an alpine island within
a warmer region. In addition it boasts an array of special
fauna, including royal eagles, royal owls, hawks, deer
and more recently introduced rams and wolves.