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Nature trail - Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese

Discover the beauty of the Pistoia Mountains

Abetone Cutigliano
San Marcello Piteglio


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The Montagna Pistoiese region is a very interesting environmental asset: a living treasure, ever-changing, with an exciting multi-faceted appeal.

The Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese is a series of six routes in the open air, museums, teaching hubs and historical artefacts whose purpose is to introduce us to the Montagna Pistoiese area through signs which the relationship between humans and the environment has left over centuries of history.

The Nature trail will lead you to discover the variety and beauty of the plant and animal world, and to understand the extraordinary diversity that can be found in the Apennines. It is a route to discover the botanical and forestry jewels of the Montagna Pistoiese region, with findings that testify to the natural history and human presence in the area.

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Ecomuseo della Montagna Pistoiese

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Abetone Botanical forest garden

Abetone Cutigliano

Abetone Botanical forest garden

It stands in the Valle del Sestaione, somewhere between 1270 and 1320 metres above sea level and 14.000 sq. mt large. Thanks to its low temperatures and to the area’s rather special microclimate, you can admire and enjoy different types of alpine varieties. Particularly interesting is the red fir. Other varieties are the red rhododendron, the star-shaped gentianella and the purple gentania. There are also native examples here; in other words, plants that can only be found in this area, such as the Globularia incanescens and the carnivorous plant Pinguicula christinae. (Alta Valle del Sestaione, Abetone).

Naturalistic Archeological Museum of the Pistoia Apennines (MuNAP)

San Marcello Piteglio

Naturalistic Archeological Museum of the Pistoia Apennines (MuNAP)

A journey through the past by means of numerous finds which illustrate the natural history of the area. The museum offers you the opportunity of discovering prehistoric tools, minerals, rocks, birds, insects, and mammals, one of which, the Apennine Wolf, will surely catch your attention. The collection of flora fossils coming from the Pisa Mountains, dating back to the Upper Carboniferous era - in other words, more than 300 million years ago - is of special interest and is also one of the most important in Italy; as is the skelton of a cave bear (Ursus spelaeus). Of considerable importance is also the collection of stone tools dating back to the end of the Upper Paleolithic era (12.000 - 10.000 years ago) which act as proof of the first presence of man in the Pistoia Apennines.  (Via Orange, Gavinana, San Marcello Piteglio)