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Nature parks of Tuscany

The way Tuscans treat the nature deserves to be admired. There are two national parks, three regional nature parks and more than one hundred protected woodlands on the territory which is a bit more than 20 thousand square kilometers. Almost 7% of Tuscan territory is occupied by nature parks.

Casentino National Park (province of Arezzo) may boast of the widest range of fauna in the Northern Apennines. The National Park Tenuta di San Rossore (province of Pisa) is situated on the other side of the river Arno on the wide plain near the Massaciuccoli lake. Many ancient marble stone pits were preserved in the mountain Parco Naturale delle Apuane (province Massa-Carrara). Maremma (province of Grosseto) is the region meant to be the example of a perfect natural park. The uniqueness of the region is in its mild climate (almonds blossom in February!) and the variety of landscapes with thick oak forests curved rocks and sandy beaches.

Tuscans treat nature not only in protected woodlands. According to the Italian Tourism Management 57 tourism structures (hotels, camping grounds and farms) have been awarded with ecolabel which proves that Tuscans have a peculiar attitude towards nature treatment.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.