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Our Park was awarded UNESCO's Man and Biosphere designation for our commitment to improving relationships between our people and the environment

The Park's Designation

In June 2015, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park was honored to receive the prestigious UNESCO status of Man and Biosphere Reserve. The reserve encompasses the entire Park as well as 21 additional municipalities.  Together, our reserve is committed to conserving, developing, and learning about nature's dynamic connection to man in order to inspire a positive future. 

The reserve

what it encompasses

  • 223,229 hectares (551,610 acres) 
  • (4.5% Core, 11.5% Buffer, 84% Transition)**

Within the Park: 13 municipalities

Within the MaB UNESCO site: 34 municipalities

Municipalities within the MaB UNESCO reserve

  • Reggio Emilia: Baiso, Ventasso*, Canossa, Carpineti, Casina, Castelnovo ne' Monti*, Toano, Vetto, Vezzano, Villa Minozzo*
  • Parma: Berceto, Calestano, Corniglio*, Monchio delle Corti*, Langhirano, Lesignano, Neviano degli Arduini, Palanzano, Tizzano Val Parma
  • Modena: Frassinoro
  • Massa Carrara: Bagnone*, Casola in Lunigiana, Comano*, Filattiera*, Fivizzano*, Fosdinovo, Licciana  Nardi*, Villafranca in Lunigiana
  • Lucca: Castelnuovo Garfagnana, Giuncugnano-Sillano*, Piazza al Serchio, Pieve Fosciana, San Romano in Garfagnana*, Villa Collemandina* 

*13 Municipalities that are within Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park 

**Under one biosphere reserve there are three distinct zones: the core area, buffer zone and transition area.  The core area is the most strictly protected territory and is responsible for the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation. The buffer zone is located around the core area and is used for activities compatible with sound ecological practices that can strengthen scientific research, monitoring, training and education. The transition area is the external part of the reserve where the maximum number of activities are permitted that promote sustainable economic and human development.

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The Park is a mosaic of villages

The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park is made of a variety of distinct and different pieces that come together to create one unforgettable vacation.
While the diversity of the villages, attractions, forests, and mountains may surprise you, their close proximity allows visitors to see a little bit of everything in a short amount of time.
The more you see, the more you can appreciate the entire region. Explore the mosaic of places, people and experiences which make up the Park!