The Apennines colors

The arrival of spring in the magnificent scenery of the National Park of the Tosco-Emiliano Appennines is a true triumph of colors and new scents. This time of year when nature awakens from the rigors of winter and the air feel the aromas of summer, to stroll along one of the many paths of the park is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

le-due-querce-colori-primavera-1In the beginning of March, when the temperatures start to rise and the cold is getting less intense, even at higher altitudes, the first flower to bloom is the candid and delicate snowdrops which, as the name, manages to “pierce “the last snow, creating in the woods of wonderful fragrant flower carpets of honey Park.

With the melting of the snow, the meadows are becoming greener and colored thanks to daisies, primroses, and violets. With the advance of spring, there are the most colorful and spectacular blooms, like those of the yellow buttercups, crocuses purple and white crocuses rarer.

Not many people knows that, among the hundred species of orchids living in Italy, at least fifty of these also bloom in the Park, among chestnut and oak trees. Even trees, which are covered with new leaves and flower colors are more festive, announcing the arrival of spring. The first is the almond tree, with its unmistakable light pink flowers. This is followed by cherry, plum, apple and pear trees that can be seen while hiking in the valleys and along the slopes.

The flowering of trees is rather short and lasts only a few days, however, the festival of colors is ensured le-due-querce-colori-primavera-2by the petals, after having hovered in the air pushed by the spring breezes, they are deposited on the ground, forming beautiful natural mosaics. In beech forests, at altitudes between 900 and 1000 meters, you can see the blossoming of the buds of poplars, alders and willows that populate the areas along rivers and streams.

Where the slopes are less pronounced and the woods thin out, meet green fields and quiet meadows, where the spring blooms are beautiful, with their bright colors. The undergrowth and the deciduous woods are home to many species of bulbous, such as anemones. Along the rocky slopes and sunny, it is not difficult to admire the flowering of certain species of succulents.

At higher altitudes of the park, where there are large grasslands and heathlands, spring comes with the blossoming of the blueberry plants. The spring in the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian will be a magical and unforgettable moment, to live with loved ones.