A Scenic Drive in the Park

From one side of the Park to the other

Because it is situated on a border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, two completely different regions, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park offers many unique scenic drives. You can cross the Apennines through four spectacular passes and take a tour of the other side in a very short time. In less than an hour you will see both the landscape and even the seasons change, and you will be able to enjoy each region's stimulating differences in food, agriculture, and settlements.

The four passes listed below were created in very ancient times and rebuilt over the years to provide easy passage from one side of the mountains to the other. The rides are very scenic and pass by the majority of the Park's towns and villages. See also this link to learn more about the different landscapes.

PASSO DEL CERRETO (SP63)

Links Aulla to the Province of Reggio Emilia. Cerreto Pass is considered to be the Park's most scenic pass.

PASSO DEL LAGESTRELLO (SP74)

Links Aulla to the Province of Parma and Reggio Emilia. One highlight of this drive is that it passes through the Lagastrello dam. One highlight of this drive is that it passes the the Lagastrello dam and its scenic lake.

PASSO DEL CIRONE (SP42 & SP108), "road of the salt"

Links Pontremoli to the Province of Parma. Cirone is the most western pass within the park, and it has views of a more gentle landscape. In the past, the road was used to bring salt from the Mediterranean Sea to the other side of the mountains.

PASSO DI PRADARENA (SP12 & SP18)

Links Garfagnana to the Province of Reggio Emilia. At an elevation of 1,579 meters (5,180 feet), the Pradarena Pass is the highest road in the Northern Apennines. This drive gives great views of the Apuan Alps on the Tuscan side and Pietra di Bismantova on the Emilian side.

PASSO Delle Radici (SS 324 & SP 72)

Links the eastern Reggio region to Garfagnana.

 

In Emilia-Romagna

FROM ENZA VALLEY TO SECCHIA VALLEY

Distance: 26.8 km (16.7 mi) Duration: 51 min

FROM SECCHIA VALLEY TO OZOLA VALLEY

Distance: 14.8 km (9.2 mi) Duration: 30 min

ALONG THE SECCHIA RIVER

Distance: 28.6 km (17.8 mi) Duration: 45 min

AROUND PIETRA DI BISMANTOVA

Distance: 23.7 km (14.7 mi) Duration: 35 min

 

In Tuscany

FROM BAGNONE VALLEY TO TAVERONE VALLEY

Distance: 14.7 km (9.1 mi) Duration: 30 min

FROM TAVERONE VALLEY TO ROSARO VALLEY

Distance: 13.4 km (8.3 mi) Duration: 39 min

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The Park is a mosaic of villages

The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park is made of a variety of distinct and different pieces that come together to create one unforgettable vacation.
While the diversity of the villages, attractions, forests, and mountains may surprise you, their close proximity allows visitors to see a little bit of everything in a short amount of time.
The more you see, the more you can appreciate the entire region. Explore the mosaic of places, people and experiences which make up the Park!

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