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Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Special Regional Nature Reserve; established with L.R. 25 March 1985, n. 23.
The Valleandona and Valle Botto Regional Nature Reserve occupies an area of 297 hectares, characterized by valley carvings and hills of the Pliocene, near the Asti-Turin motorway. It is located in the territory of the Municipality of Asti.
Valleandona and Valle Botto Regional Nature Reserve - on the right the path (photo www.paleoantropo.net)
The area consists of two distinct valleys and appears as a hilly area in which wild valleys chase each other covered by oak, hornbeam, linden and maple woods.
It is internationally known for the wealth of fossil finds of marine organisms that populated the waters that, in the Pliocene (from 5 million to 1.8 million years ago), covered the entire Po Valley.
The perfectly preserved fossils emerge in the sandy layers of the steep escarpments and consist of shells of hundreds of species of molluscs, brachiopods, corals, echinoids, arthropods and rare bone remains of marine mammals. The preservation of fossil finds is the main purpose of the Reserve .
Information for the visit
Geological-paleontological path: it winds through the area and is accompanied by guides.
Paleontological Museum of Asti: housed in the complex of S. Pietro dating back to the sec. XII; it is located on two floors: on the ground floor there is the room dedicated to paleontology: with local fossil finds from the Tertiary sector); in some rooms on the upper floor there are many archaeological finds of various origins (Egyptians, Greeks up to Roman and barbaric archaeological material).
Paleontological Museum of Asti - fossil shells of the Pliocene Astiano (photo www.paleoantropo.net)
How to get there:
- By car: A21 Torino-Piacenza motorway, Asti Ovest exit, take the SS10 towards Turin and between 50 and 51 km take the Valleandona municipal road.
Via San Martino, 5
Tel. 0141 592091