Nature Itinerary

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

This nature trail will lead you to discover the variety and beauty of the plant and animal world, to understand the extraordinary diversity that can be found in our 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.

Forest Botanical Garden of Abetone

Upper Sestaione Valley

A splendid high-altitude garden, it is home to characteristic plant species from the Upper Pistoia Apennines: colorful mountain flowers, carnivorous and medicinal plants, and majestic trees, to be admired accompanied by the gentle murmur of the Sestaione stream.
Thanks to the low temperatures and the special microclimate of the area, the Garden also has many alpine-type species, which have found their southern limit of distribution in this part of the Apennines, such as the Norway spruce(Picea abies), a relict of the last glaciation, which continues to reproduce spontaneously in the nearby Campolino Reserve.

Flanking the live collections is the Fontana Vaccaia Education Pole, which provides a deeper understanding of the plant heritage of the Pistoian Mountains.

The OBFA is managed by the Unione Comuni Appennino Pistoiese (Union of Municipalities of the Apennines of Pistoia) and the SIMOP-member Pistoia Mountain Ecomuseum Association.

From 25th June to 8th September
: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3.00 to 6.00 p.m.
Guided visits at: 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 a.m.; 3.00, 4.00 and 5.00 p.m.

Learn more by downloading the free book "Botanical Gardens, Italian Excellencies" edited by Marina Clauser and Pietro Pavone.

MuNAP - Naturalistic Archaeological Museum of the Pistoian Apennines.

GAVINANA - Via Orange

Refurbished in 2018, this museum leads you to discover natural history and human presence in the Pistoia Apennine region: animals, rocks, minerals, and fossils, for a fascinating journey towards the discovery of our territory.
A king of the forest will be there to welcome you; a splendid specimen of Apennine grey wolf (Canis lupus italicus), who used to live in our Montagna Pistoiese area.
Then there is an exciting surprise at the end of your visit: an imposing cave bear skeleton, a unique specimen, dating to 20,000 years ago.

MuNAP is managed by the Appennino Pistoiese Naturalistic Group, a member of SIMOP.

From 21st June to 8th September
: from Friday to Sunday and Thursday 15th August, from 3.30 to 6.30 p.m.

For visits during extraordinary opening hours, please call the number +39 0573 638025