A few kilometers from Locanda Le Due Querce is a wonderful protected area which embraces part of the Tuscan Emilian Apennines, an enchanted place in which to organize excursions and walk paths and trails in a landscape of infinite beauty. The charm of the park originates from the large range of colors that span, with their distinctive peculiarities, all year round.
But it is during the summer that forests show to excurionists their most gaudy colors and their amazing vegetative force. The wheat fields and hay bales arranged with the usual order, alternating lush forests, mountain trails, streams and lakes, flora and diverse and abundant fauna. Among the most common plants include endemic tree species, but also typical of other places, such as those common alpine arctic distribution area, rather than depending on the units to which they grow icy and Mediterranean.
The primrose is one of the Apennine endemic flowers of this portion of the Apennines, as are also the daffodils Logarghena, especially common in the meadows above 1000 meters which open between the heights of Mount Braiola and Monte Marinella. On mountain ridges bordering the Garfagnana, it develops the great forest of white fir Royal dell’Abetina, crossed by numerous hiking trails and paths for Nordic skiing.
One of the greatest curiosities of the park is the presence of some “relict” species, or some plants and some flowers arose during the last ice age and survivors occurred to climate change. On the north slope of the Apennines, there where the snow remains intact until the month of July, you can come in glacial canapicchia, rather than in herbaceous willow, in the Alpine daisy, the campion of Sweden. The thick undergrowth is the preferred habitat of delicious berries and particularly Emilian blueberry, that grows on the edge of the mule tracks and mountain trails. Of bluish black color and an extremely pleasant taste, it is picked by hand with the use of the so-called “rake” and then employed for the preparation of delicious cakes and jams.
The fauna of the Park is at least as it is the rich flora and presents a variety of species superior to most environments with similar characteristics. The wolf is present in all in a stable area and rooted, although the reclusive animal’s character will face a very difficult species to observe. Easier to spot are the golden eagle, which is used to twirl on the highest rocky peaks, the majestic red deer, roe deer, peregrine falcon, and in the lake environments, the Alpine newt.