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A naturalistic paradise between two regions, where wolf is back to hunt deer and roe deer. A green oasis, where for centuries monk communities has been cultivating silence.

This is the greenest park in Italy, covering forests for about 80% out of its surface and the whole area is plenty of water courses. These rivers that cross Romagna valleys are called Bidente, Rabbi and Montone. As far as Tuscan part is concerned, there are small courses on the left side of river Arno, such as the streams called Staggia, Fiumicello and Archiano. At Ridracoli, where you may find one of the several museum of the park, since 1982, it has been creating an artificial storage because a dike built to give energy to the villages of the valley. Nowadays there you may easily find several species of birds. The sight of Acquacheta Falls are even more charming – they are described in Dante's Hell; Chant XVI - or those in Scalandrini and so on. In winter they also turn into wonderful frost traceries.

Flora is quite various and rich: indeed there are about 1200 species. In the warmest and driest areas there are also some Mediterranean species to add those – more renowned – that are in Europe. But to botanists, these woods are full of discoveries, as the recent evidences of a rare fern and a new orchid may confirm.

In the Park, apart the numerous species of animals, four ungulates live there: roe deer, deer, fallow deer and wild boars. There are about 5000 roe deer in the whole area of the Park. Roe deer exemplars are few because of the predation by wolf and also because of harsh winters and the contests of deer. Fallow deer has been introduced since 1835 because Grand Duke Leopoldo II's hunting. Then, it has been reproducing and above all, in the lowest parts of Romagna area of the Park. Nowadays, farmers hate the fallow deer for the damages it causes in the fields. Also moufflon was introduced during the 50's and 60's by the Corps of foresters, but nowadays it seems it has been vanished for its weak adaptability in the environment and after the coming back of wolf, it has also become a desirable prey. As regards wild boar, there was no trace until twenty years ago. During the early 70's, it has be reintroduced for hunting and nowadays it is the main prey of wolf.

  Faggeta di Crinale Cascatella sull'Archiano Riserva naturale della Pietra Valle del Casentino da Vallolmo
  Pian delle Fontanelle dal monte Falco Alba autunnale a San Paolo Cascata degli Scalandrini Crocus
  Foresta di Camaldoli Castagneto di camaldoli Panorama sulla Romagna Cascata del capanno
  Cervo che Bramisce Daino in fuga Maschio adulto di daino
  Lupo appenninico Volpe nella radura Femmina di capriolo in allarme Ingrandisci in finestra separata
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