If you love nature and hiking through the woods, then the Locanda Le Due Querce of Cerredolo di Toano, in the province of Reggio Emilia, is the place you are looking for. Surrounded by greenery, in a lush forest, it is the ideal place to relax and rest by coming into contact and in harmony with nature.
Particularly worth visiting is the Abetina Reale, an area located on the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, which is part of the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The forest stretches on the east slope of Mount Cusna, the highest mountain of this Appennine, and then continue up to the peaks that mark the border with the Garfagnana. The Abetina Reale forest is one of the fewest areas of the park where it grows the white fir and represents a real excellence in terms of naturalistic, environmental point of view.
Recently, thanks to an important financing, the vegetation of the forest has been arranged and rebalanced in order to ensure a correct development of wildlife and the conservation of this biodiversity. The area is characterized by the presence of many CAI paths of varying difficulty: in this way the less experienced have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the area.
From Refuge Sawmill, which can accommodate up to a maximum of 40 people, and the “House of the Guardian”, which provides 25 beds, start many excursions on the Tuscan and on the Emilian sides.
The forests of this area of the National Park are now largely been arranged so that all the local elements can continue to survive, either among plants or among animals.
We refer in particular to the wolf. Up to 100 years ago the wolf was widespread throughout the country. Later, however, various attempts to reduce its presence in the territory have risked to compromise its existence. In the seventies around the Apennines there could be counted only a hundred wolves, spread in the whole area. For this reason in 1971 the wolf was declared as a non-huntable animal: a decision to prevent its final extinction.
Since then, the wolf began to gradually repopulate the entire territory to occupy even those areas from which he was absent for a long time. Currently there are about 800-900 units mainly in the Apennines, although recently it increased its presence also in the Alps.
The National Park of Appennines works with the Life project, which has as its objective the dissemination of correct knowledge of the wolf’s habits to reduce the conflictual relationship between the wolf and other animals in the area. The presence of the wolf in the Park has now been stable for about 20 years and three new families have been recently spotted!