LET YOURSELF BE TRANSPORTED… IN THE PARK

9 bus routes, with a tour guide on board, and excursions to explore the Casentino Forest park

They pass through sites of natural and historical beauty – educating you about the protected areas, with various sustainable routes recommended for getting to know the area with minimal impact on the environment.

From 1st to 31st August ‘Let yourself be transported… in the park’ will take place in the ‘Foreste Casentinesi’ National Park, a project about sustainable routes where you can discover about natural attractions and historical culture of this protected area.  The focus is on developing knowledge about the territory, making it accessible to all while reducing the impact on the environment, as well as forming essential links as a ‘destination place’ for the hiking world.

The service, requested and financed by the National Park in response to many requests from people working in the area and from hikers, has been designed technically by two Cooperatives - In Quiete and Oros – who collaborate with the park on various projects. The project has been presented to the park’s community as an experiment, gaining an enthusiastic response.To the extent that some districts - Bagno di Romagna, Santa Sofia, Poppi, Pratovecchio Stia and Chiusi della Verna –have wanted to take part in the initiative on their own, with the hope that it takes off with a broader perspective in the years to come.

For the whole of August, nine new itineraries, that wind through the entire park from Valla to ‘Lago di Ponte’, will be tried out as a trial run: The ‘Valle dell’Oia’ and the Tuscan Romagna (every Monday) – Sacred forests: from ‘Bagno di Romagna’ to Camaldoli (every Tuesday) - Sacred forests: from ‘Bagno di Romagna’ to ‘La Verna’ (every Wednesday) - Casentino: castles, hermitages and nature (every Thursday) – From valley to valley: from ‘Bagno di Romagna’ to Premilcuore (every Saturday) - From Vallesanta to ‘Sacro monte de La Verna’ (every Sunday) - From Tredozio to ‘Lago di Ponte’ (special route on Saturday 8th August) - From Mugello to Acquacheta (special route on Sunday 30th August).

A shuttle bus with a tour guide on board will link the districts and low valley areas of the protected area, passing through all the places of most touristic interest. A method of transport, that will give passengers the opportunity to carry out a guided walking tour at every stop, or to use the service to reach the locations along the route, and the beginning of various paths, independently. A project that aims to further unite all the mountainsides and valleys of the park, and to knowingly promote its immeasurable wonders. The cost of a ticket per chosen itinerary is 5 € (free for children under 3).

Booking is essential. The service includes the whole day along your chosen route, with transport, guide on board and programmed excursions (excluding entry fees and lunch). If needed, it is also possible for hikers who haven’t booked to use the service as a means of transport only.

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