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Park of Apuane

Park of Apuane

However the most significant attractions seem to be the natural beauties more than the art works. Seravezza is in fact an entry to the Regional Park of Apuane, that interests the provinces of Lucca and Massa Carrara.

The Apuane, defined Alps for their calcareous formation, are a mountain chain that arises in the extreme north-west of Tuscany and runs parallel to the Tyrrhenian coast.

The complex geologic history of these mountains, begun 220 million years ago with the raising from the bottom of the sea, is written in rocks and marbles whose exploitation has designed in the centuries the entire landscape.

The Apuane naturally show carsic phenomena, that reached their main expression in the Antro del Corchia, an enormous cave in the rock discovered in 1840. The investigations, carried out afterwards, have revealed a plot of vertical and horizontal galleries, approximately 60 km long and 1240 meters deep.

Today the visit to the complex of Corchia is not only allowed to specialists and researchers, but also to tourists and lovers of geology and speleology thanks to an equipped route that interests a limited part of the carsic system (1200 meters long).
People, who don’t like going inside the Antro, can appreciate another relevant natural geologic phenomenon, called Marmitte dei Giganti, near Isolasanta. They are enormous cavities dug in the rock, modelled from the water during millennia, which constitute a strong attraction thanks to their beauty

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