Cento laghi park

Corniglio - PR - 43021
Phone: +39 0521880363 (Ex Colonia Montana)

founded in 1995, the park lies in an area of about 12.600 ettari in the lands of two councils, Corniglio and Monchio delle Corti, in the province of Parma.

The glaciers of the valleys crossed by the rivers Parma and Cedra have modelled the territory leaving evident traces as glacial circuses and morainic drifts. The majority of the lakes in the park has been formed by the glacier. At the highest altitudes (from 1500 to 1800 meters) we can find rocky environments and the moors, the peat-bogs and the glacial lakes.

At lower heights we can wander among woods mostly of beeches scattered by many brooks, pastures and meadows. Among the flowers there are many protected and rare species, as the Primula of the Appennines. Among the fishing there is the alpine chars of the Lago Santo. Amongst the mammals we can find the wolf and the martens apart from many ungulates as the roe deer and the wild boar. The eagle and the regal owl are the most rapresentative predatories.

Visitors of the park can choose among several tracks and itineraries

Itinerary on the crest:
the path is constantly at an altitude of 1700 meters and the highest peak is the Monte Sillara, reaching 1861 meters. The track offers landscapes of the Gulf of La Spezia, on the Appennines and the flat beneath. Ideal for walking.

Itinerary of the lakes:
in the park there are 19 lakes, hidden between the Val Parma, the Val Cedra and the Val d'Enza. The itineraries cross silent woods of beech and fir-tree, meadows and sunny pastures among the lakes' shores, often surrounded by rocks, traces of the glacial origin of the area. Ideal for walking, horse riding and mountain bike.

Itinerary of the villages:
the ancient borghi of the park are a testimony of the crossing between history and nature in the area. Old strategic points back in time, between Parma, the Lunigiana land and the region of Liguria, they enclose mansions, houses, towers and churches that can be discovered in a historical-cultural itinerary that links the villages of Corniglio to the ones of Monchio delle Corti. Ideal for walking, horse riding and mountain bike.

Information points:
Hotel Ghirardini in Bosco di Corniglio, tel. 0039 0521889123 and Chalet Lagdei (Bosco di Corniglio), tel. 0039 0521889353; Youth hostel of Corniglio, tel. 0039 0521881627 and Hotel-Restaurant Pratospilla, in Monchio delle Corti, Tel 0039 0521890194.

How to get there:

the park is located about one hour by car from Parma. It can be reached by motorway A15 Parma-La Spezia, exit Berceto. Then cross the Passo del Sillara and get to Bosco di Corniglio. Coming from La Spezia exit Aulla then follow the signs to Rigoso near Monchio delle Corti. Other roads taking to the park are the Provinciale 13 from Pastorello to Corniglio and the SS 665 from Langhirano to the Passo del Lagastrello. Reaching the park by car is highly reccomended as public transport from Parma only gets to Corniglio or Monchio delle Corti.

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