For nature lovers and for those who love being immersed in the peace of a refreshing forest, Mount Amiata represents a more than pleasant destination. The flora is very luxuriant and numerous plant species (also protected) grow there. In the shade of this forest, animals roam undisturbed. Considering these natural uniqueness of the area, an example of valorisation of the very peculiar territory has been created that attracts the attention of young and old: The Wildlife Park.
The park is a novelty at national level because it is inspired by wild parks of German origin. It is possible to observe fauna in its daily life, respecting it and maintaining a certain distance / proximity between uncontaminated nature and man. The animals are in a situation of semi-freedom since control over them is necessary. Obviously, in order to better admire the fairs it is necessary to have binoculars or a similar instrument. It is a naturalistic management created in favor of the inhabitants of Amiata and the many vacationers.
The animals of the wildlife park
The animal species within the fauna park of Mount Amiata reflect the fauna present in the Apennines and in the mountain itself. Many species, including plants, have been included to avoid their disappearance. Some of them are indigenous and their genetics must be passed on to future generations. Very fascinating and rare is the opportunity to see the movements of the Apennine wolf. The canines are enclosed in a large enclosure in the central area of the park.
If you are fond of more docile animals than the wolf itself, inside the park you can see fallow deer, deer, mouflons, chamois, roe deer and the crucian sorcino (a kind of native donkey). There are also more than 120 breeds of birds including: the black kite, the harrier, the partridge and the Egyptian vulture. As you can guess, it is necessary to move inside the wild park if you want to see all the animals present. In fact, the possibility of taking a walk / trekking in the white roads, joins the love for nature. There are three paths to take.
The paths inside the park
These routes are: the chamois and roe deer path, the deer and melanic fallow deer path, the Apennine wolf fort. They have a different length and duration, however they are all characterized by an uncontaminated nature that accompanies the walker on the walk. The longer path allows you to get to the top of Mount Labro. This summit has unique landscape aspects as well as the possibility of seeing the sea during clear days and spectacular sunsets. Mount Labro also has a certain historical-cultural value since it has a direct connection with the prophet of Amiata, David Lazzaretti.
The park also has a didactic / educational purpose and promotes awareness of nature, increasing respect for every living being. It also allows scientific research on flora and fauna, as well as the protection of endangered species. Very emblematic are the words that we find in the park signs. One above all has attracted our attention: “Leave nothing but the imprint of your foot, do not take away anything other than photos, impressions and memories”.