Stretching over part of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna and encompassing beautiful scenery in both regions, this park (www.parcoforestecasentinesi.it) is absolutely worth a visit.
Monte Falterona, one of the highest mountains in the park, is where the river Arno´s source can be traced to, over 1650m above sea level.
The park is a shelter for a rich flora and fauna- foxes, wolves, deer, wild boar and a hundred species of birds. Its forests are a welcome protecting from the sun for walkers exploring the huge maze of walking trails during the summer. The Grande Escursione Appeninica trail crosses this enchanting park.
In Badia Prataglia, a tiny mountain village, there is a visitors centre (tel. 0575 55 94 77; www.badiaprataglia.com) providing information on the park in English and Italian. It also offers a leaflet free of charge with details of walking trails in the park.