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Tredozio-Ponte Lake

Nature and the forms of the territory

On foot         Great Interest: Flora 
  • Duration: 2 hour/s
  • Length: 3.5 km
  • Difference in height: Uphill 200m
  • Recommended Period: from March to November

Why are our mountains so rich in woods? Why do oaks and beech trees, hornbeams and golden chains love certain sites and not others? What does influence the natural vegetation, the landscape, and the life of man? The territory is an open book full of tales to interpret. This Nature Trail would like to help us to understand some reading keys, useful if you want to "talk" with nature. The Nature Trail develops in the Upper Tramazzo Valley, one of the wildest and most lonesome valleys of the Park, and leaves from the charming Ponte Lake, created artificially in 1962 and today integrated in the landscape. The "wilderness" of this valley is a "return wilderness": as a matter of fact, man used to live in and exploit these areas until a few decades ago, and then abandoned them. You won't find the centuries-old forests of the upper Bidente or Casentino area here, but a great number of natural spaces to discover during your tours. We hope to give the opportunity to appreciate the balance and the relationship between man and the environment: recognizing a flower or a plant without knowing why it grows in a particular site is not very satisfying. So, let's walk, observe, recognize, and... use our most important skill: intelligence.


  1. A slope if you love shadow
  2. A slope if you love the sun
  3. A sandwich if you have strong teeth
  4. Why so much wood?
  5. From micro to mesoclimate: vegetation strips
  6. Crumbs of life
  7. Man: an exacting species, but not too much
  8. The evolution of the valley decided with a lottery of a few million years ago
  9. A raging stream
  10. The fusion between the mineral and vegetable world: the travertine

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