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National Park of the Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna Forests

The silence of the forest

Six hundred kilometres of hiking trails to be travelled on foot or two wheels (bicycle hire available on site) among forests, ridges and mule tracks, against the evocative nature of the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines dominated by the ancient beech woods in the Park and Integrated Reserve of Sasso Fratino, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. They also often coincide with trails and pilgrimage routes such as those leading to the Sanctuary of La Verna, where St. Francis lived and received the stigmata, or to the Hermitage of Camaldoli. Nor should walkers miss the Path of the Sacred Forests, the Alta Via dei Parchi and the numerous easy-to-follow Nature Trails, while for bikers the scenic “Lama Forest Trail” is a must. In the year of Dante700, when 2021 celebrates the Father of the Italian language 700 years from his death, a special mention can certainly be made of Le Vie di Dante, the network of trails and paths unwinding between Florence and Ravenna in the footsteps of the Great Poet. This project received the prestigious Best in Travel 2021 Award by Lonely Planet in the sustainable and slow cultural tourism category. Guided excursions are also possible, even in the saddle on horses and donkeys and, in summer, by electric-powered boat on Lago di Ridracoli. Lastly, the chance to live a volunteer experience by taking part in projects to promote and protect nature, such as maintenance of paths and management of local fauna.