Area Naturale Protetta del Monteferrato
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Surface Area: 4.486,00 ha
Provinces: PO
Establishment: 1997
  • The Monteferrato (photo by Area Naturale Protetta del Monteferrato)
  • Fog in Montemurlo (photo by Giorgio Perruccio)
  • Lake of Javello (photo by Fabrizio Gorelli)

Behind Prato, Hills Formed by Peculiar Green Rocks

Monteferrato Protected Area of Local Interest lies within the hilly-mountain system delimiting the Florence-Prato-Pistoia plain in the north. The area was named after the mountain complex of Monteferrato, a pre-apennine spur formed by three peaks (Piccioli, Mezzano, and Chiesino or Poggio Ferrato) reaching a maximum height of 420m above sea level and characterized by peculiar geological features given by the abundance of ophiolitic rocks, which led to the formation of a unique biotope, completely different from the surrounding natural environments from an ecological point of view.

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