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Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Regional Natural Park: established with L.R. December 19, 1989, n. 50 and subsequent amendments.
The Aveto Regional Park is located in the hinterland of Chiavari (province of Genoa) on the border with Emilia Romagna. It occupies an area of 3,019 hectares, covered by woods, pastures and peaks between Aveto, Sturla and Graveglia. The Municipalities involved in the area are Borzonasca, Mezzanego, Ne, Rezzoaglio and Santo Stefano dAneto.
Mountains of the Aveto Park - Laghetto dellAveto (photo Enrico Pelos www.enricopelos.it)
The high Val dAveto, although located a few kilometers from the Riviera di Levante, has an almost alpine aspect and is surrounded by high peaks (Maggiorasca 1,799 m, the highest in the Ligurian Apennines, and Monte Penna 1,735 m) from which you can enjoy a panorama fantastic (from Corsica to the Apuan Alps and, to the north, up to Monte Rosa). In the beech and coniferous woods there are small but delicious lakes, such as the Lago delle Lame (at 1,067 m altitude), one of the few of glacial origin in Liguria.
Among the plant species present in the Park, there are several glacial wrecks (such as the alpine fern and the flooded lycopodium) and some endemic species such as the dusty primrose, Bertoloni's larenaria and the scree fescue.
The fauna is rich, which counts precious amphibians, insects, many birds and mammals (including the welcome return of the wolf). Among the woods and rocky peaks there are wide pastures with characteristic stone huts used for cattle pasture. The southern side of the park includes the suggestive beech forest of Monte Zatta and the highest areas of the Val Graveglia, home to an intense mining activity, in particular between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Manganese was mined in the Gambatesa mine, the largest European field. Today the ancient mines have been transformed into a tourist attraction and it is possible to explore the galleries for several kilometers thanks to the train once used by the miners themselves.
Nature trails have been created in the Agoraie forest and in the Lame forest.
Gaiacopiane - Summit of Monte Ramaceto (photo Enrico Pelos www.enricopelos.it)
Information for the visit
Headquarters: Via Marrè, 75 / a
16041 Borzonasca (GE)