Botanical Garden of Montemarcello
On top of Monte Murlo, 365 meters above sea level, where the Caprione promontory – which divides the Magra Valley from Golfo dei Poeti – is, you can find the botanical garden of Montemarcello, in the heart of the homonymous Regional Park.
The botanical garedn offers an interesting itinerary to observe and discover the local flora and the micro-habitats that characterize this territory: the garrigue with its scented coastal flora, the deep green of the maquis enlivened by the presence of colorful flowers, pine forest overlooking the sea characterized by rare pines, the cool shade of deciduous forests in which to learn to recognize the oak trees, holly, hawthorn and privet, and finally the vegetation typical of the rural tradition of this place, where, along with aromatic plants and herbs, emerge the main species of fruit trees, wild and cultivated.
The botanical garden is an interesting visit for both children and grown-ups teching – while having fun – to know and recognize the green world we live in but we’re not able to name. Particular attention has been paid to the accessibility of spaces and paths, eliminating architectural barriers, upgrading facilities and equipping the center of an ecological car for the transport of people with difficulties.
For the little ones it is also possible a fun path through the “Way of the senses” that, with the help of the little mascotte “Oscar the octopus”, will lead children through a sensory journey to discover the secrets of the botanical garden.